CHARLOTTE MOORMAN / NAM JUNE PAIK
Paik came to America in 1964. He and I became partners the very day we met and
have been collaborating on performance pieces since July 1964.
What I'd like to do in Linz is the "TV Cello" that he made for me in
1971. It's old work but the Germans have built us another cello - you know they
use the PAL System, 620 scan lines to the tube whereas in America our system is
something like 535 scan lines to the tube - so to bring the American TV cello
to Europe would be silly, I wouldn't get a picture.
Graetz TV factory made me a gorgeous TV cello similar to the one I have in
America. I want to play that Paik in Linz and slow the performance scan back to
Chicago where the American TV cello is on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary
Art. I'd like for that to be played in America while Paik and I are playing the
German TV cello.
(Interview recorded August 6, 1982. New York City)