Elephant Cart is composed of a wooden elephant, a Buddha sculpture, and a red cart filled with stacks of TV sets, radios, gramophone speakers, etc. Each of the elephant’s four legs is placed on a four-wheeled dolly and the Buddha sitting in a plastic chair is holding an Adidas white-and-yellow umbrella. The elephant is tethered with red electric cords to the cart, and the antique television monitor at the rear end shows a video of the Surin Elephant Round-up. The cart filled with TV sets and radios appears to show diffusing information that is headed toward the direction of the elephant’s movement. Combined with objects of the past and new media, Elephant Cart allows one not only to look back on the past but also to reconsider how communication is working today in this age of speed when everything is rapidly changing.
Nam June Paik
cart, elephant statue, limestone sitting Buddha statue, 22 CRT TV sets, telephone, phonograph, 4 dollies, umbrella, video distributor, wires, 2-channel video, color, silent, DVD