View of “Data Curation,” 2013.

“Data Curation”

Seoul National University Museum of Art

View of “Data Curation,” 2013.

Back when Nam June Paik devised the video synthesizer—which allowed him to cut, paste, and mix video images—he declared, “As collage techniques replaced oil paint, the cathode ray tube will replace the canvas.” “Data Curation” represented the twenty-first-century update of Paik’s prophecy. Today, coding is replacing collage, and LED displays have already replaced the cathode-ray tube. The exhibition, curated by Jeungmin Noe, featured nineteen artists and art groups, mostly from South Korea and the US, working in diverse disciplines, including architecture, industrial design, fashion, media, and installation art. The common matrix was that their raw material is data, their artistic labor not physical but digital.

The gallery’s ceiling was illuminated by a looping nest of glowing vines called Mood Map, 2013, an installation of fiber-optic LED cables interwoven through an

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