Schubert is a representation of the Austrian composer Franz Schubert constructed with nine old vacuum-tube radios in various shapes. The robot wears a red cone hat, which is a gramophone’s speaker. The visual elements of the radio parts, such as the horizontal and vertical lines of speakers, circular dials, frequency numbers, and attached clocks, all contribute to the overall composition of the sculpture. Three of the radios have small monitors inserted inside, showing the same video in three different directions. The first monitor is placed in a normal upright position, the second one is upside-down, and the third one is behind the speaker. The videos display Charlotte Moorman performing with Nam June Paik as a human cello, their performances in Guadalcanal, Paik’s Robot Opera (1964) on the street, and Paik’s manipulation of images with experimental televisions.
Nam June Paik
3 LCD TV sets, 9 vacuum-tube radio cases, 1 gramophone speaker, 1 video distributor, 1-channel video, color, silent, DVD