In 2008, Taezoo Park moved to New York City – a year before the broadcast transmission system went digital. Walking around the city, Park began to notice lots of abandoned, analogue electronics on the street. These devices were, originally, very expensive and desirable. “They were considered icons of new technology in the period of Nam June Paik,” Park explains, referencing the 1960s video art pioneer, who is remembered for incorporating TV screens into his work. In response, Park decided to give the thrown-away sets a new life. Digital Being asks questions about the direction of technological development and its sustainability.
Image Credit: Taezoo Park, Digital Being: Rebirth, (2017-2020). CRT TV monitor, TV mount, pipe, arduino, Raspberry Pi, Mac mini, LED, and electric parts on wood panels. Dimensions variable.