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Nam June Paik

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Nam June Paik’s multipart show “Electronic Super Highway,” which originated at the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art and travels to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts late this month, addresses how our everyday has been transformed by technologies of communication. In Paik’s cyberville, craggy hedges composed of discarded monitors, cameras, antennae, and cassette tapes border houses, public buildings, towers, billboards, and trees. It’s a daffy Land of Oz, only the Wizard isn’t lurking behind the scenery, he’s chattering and blinking from every possible screen. While the installation at times resembles an oversized Fisher Price town (we can meet the traffic cop, sit in the little schoolhouse, visit the post office), each whirling monitor offers a vision of the future.

Paradoxically, Paik’s futuristic building blocks are vintage television sets—artifacts from the medium’s Golden Age. But it’s

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