Merce by Merce by Paik

Nam June Paik

1978 | 00:27:27 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Stereo | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Body, Dance, Documentation, Image Processing, Performance, Portrait, TV production

Merce by Merce by Paik is a two-part tribute to choreographer Merce Cunningham and artist Marcel Duchamp. The first section, “Blue Studio: Five Segments,” is an innovative work of video-dance produced by Merce Cunningham and videomaker Charles Atlas. Cunningham choreographed the dance specifically for the two-dimensional video monitor screen. Atlas uses a variety of video imaging effects, including chromakey, to electronically transport Cunningham’s studio performance into a series of outdoor landscapes. The audio track includes the voices of John Cage and Jasper Johns. The second part, produced by Paik and Shigeko Kubota, further queries the relationship between everyday gestures and formal notions of dance. The tape includes snapshots of the New York art world, a rare interview with Marcel Duchamp by Russell Connor, and a meeting between Jasper Johns and Leo Castelli.

This title is only availabe on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 2.