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Re: [teacherartexchange] Nam June Paik idea


Date: Sun Aug 23 2009 - 16:43:01 PDT

Hi Bunki,

I just knew you would have some leads. It turns out we recycle all the
computers in my school system-large urban and much recycling. But if
I had old machines like you are talking about, then I would definitely
use them to make "robots" with a video piece. I am convinced Nam June
Paik is the link I need to bridge the 20thc to the 21st. He understood
that the moving image as an electronic canvas.

I have some old old ibooks and am thinking of bringing them into my
classroom-I also have some digital cameras that have capacity for
decent video clips (my cameras). I am thinking of having small groups
of kids create video projects that link with art concepts and maybe
will use cardboard boxes and cut openings like old TV screens-but I am
going to introduce Nam June Paik to the kids and brainstrom and see
what they themselves come up with. I also have a grant for a field
trip to a sculpture park that has an amazing piece by him.

Do tell me about your project as it progresses.

I am checking out RAFT.



Quoting Bunki Kramer <>:

> HI. I haven't used Nam June Paik as an artist motivator but then I'm
> not familiar with this artist and had to look the name up on google. I
> do have an idea for you. In fact, I was thinking of doing something
> like this for the coming year. I went to our district warehouse this
> summer to see if they had some old surplus file cabinets and book shelf
> (which I could spray paint for my room) . While there, they had stacks
> and stack of old surplus computers going to the dump. I confiscated a
> couple to take apart for the insides. Years ago when I went to an NAEA
> convention workshop, a college teacher had done the same thing and had
> his students make wearable jewelry with the wires, mother boards, etc.
> All you would basically need are the parts, wire cutters, and "nail
> glue" from the hardware store. Think of the exciting adventure and
> brain rush of finally taking apart one of those contraptions that seems
> to be taking over the entire whole. I need to check into the safety
> factors first though.
> Here is northern CA we had RAFT...Resource Area For Teachers...which
> many companies donate to and offers junk, unused items, machine parts
> for pennies on the dollar. I go there once a year to "shop" and get
> wire, sponge parts, office machinery parts, paper, ribbons, plastics,
> you-name-it. Most states have such places. You should check into
> recycling areas around you. is a good start. I put in
> Boston, Mass. and a lot of good stuff came up. Google for places near
> you. There's places out there...especially around a big city like
> Boston. Toodles......Bunki
> ************************
> On Aug 21, 2009, at 5:48 PM, wrote:
>> Hi Bunki,
>> I have been following you for some time-you have such great ideas.
>> Have you used Nam June Paik as a motivating artist for
>> art/video/technology lesson
>> plans? I have middle schoolers in mind.
>> I am giving this so much thought and looking for feedback.
>> Thanks,
>> Barbara from Boston
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