Nam june paik sos

Belcourt Theatre Nashville, TN


Jonathan Rattner

Artist and Filmmaker


Kari Leigh “Bunny” Ames

Multimedia Designer


Dylan Simon


Nam June Paik: Moon Is the Oldest TV— Materiality and technology

Jonathan Rattner speaks about the influence of Paik on his work for the past 20 years and what we can still learn from Paik and his practice, particularly his openness to collaborating with others, his humor, and his exploration of allowing materials to work on their own terms.

Featuring The premiere of “Big Sister,” an original video art installation from Kari Leigh “Bunny” Ames, Dylan Simon, and Fjolla Hoxha on view in the lobby the evening of NAM JUNE PAIK: MOON IS THE OLDEST TV. “‘Big Sister’ explores the interplay between surveillance and feedback. It posits a realm where the female gaze is (in lieu) the lens through which power structures operate. It speaks to the dehumanization of complex beings through self-scrutiny in a world dominated by cameras and screens.”

Belcourt Theatre Nashville, TN

Film Synopsis

The life and times of Nam June Paik, the father of video art, who coined the phrase "Electronic Superhighway."

    A chronicle of the life and times of Nam June Paik, a pillar of the American avant-garde in the 20th century, widely regarded as the father of video art, who coined the phrase "Electronic Superhighway," and is arguably the most famous Korean artist in modern history. Features readings of the artist's writings by Executive Producer Steven Yeun (Minari, Nope).

    Photo credit: Greenwich Entertainment

    About the Speaker

    Jonathan Rattner is an artist and filmmaker who primarily produces experimental nonfiction films and videos. Rattner’s current projects include a multimedia nonfiction database featuring refugees living in Nashville and experimental audio-video works involving bio sonification devices. He has exhibited work in galleries, microcinemas, festivals, and universities internationally, including the Whitechapel Gallery in London, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Centre of Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Anthology Film Archives in New York, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rattner holds an M.F.A in Film and Video Production from the University of Iowa, an M.F.A. in Intermedia Art from the University of Iowa, and a B.F.A. in Film and Television from Tisch School for the Arts, N.Y.U. He holds the position of Associate Professor of Cinema & Media Arts and Art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

    Kari Leigh “Bunny” Ames is a multimedia designer and technician with a focus in video installations.

    Dylan Simon uses anachronistic media as a vehicle for his multi-disciplinary artistic work.