Nam June Paik Museum2003.08 / Kyonggi, Korea

Nam June Paik Museum 1
Nam June Paik Museum 2
Nam June Paik Museum 3
Nam June Paik Museum 4

Nam June Paik Museum2003.08 / Kyonggi, Korea

This was an entry in a competition for an art museum dedicated to an artist who works in video art. The difference between traditional art and video art is that video art is not itself a material medium. It can be said to have no physical character. A museum dedicated to such an art should not be based on a conventional concept of architecture.  A building for the display of works that question the conventional definition of art--and of course "work" is itself a problematic concept in this context--should not be acquiescent.  That was the starting point for this project.
I felt that Nam June Paik should be regarded not as an artist but as an activity.  What was needed here was not a building to accommodate works but a site for such activity.
I proposed only a place, that is, a horizontal floor that has been excavated and distinguished from the landscape like the sites of Ellora and Ajanta, and, covering that entire place, an irregularly-shaped roof that almost mimics the landscape.
Here, it is not architecture but the place that is defined by the roof that in effect creates the site where activity occurs.

title
Nam June Paik Museum
design
2003.08
location
Kyonggi, Korea