When Nam June Paik Beamed Bowie Around the World

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In the week preceding the 1988 Seoul Olympics, the artist Nam June Paik organized a 47-minute international satellite TV program called “Wrap Around the World.” Some 50 million viewers watched the material contributed by the event’s participants, which included cultural programming from China, Brazil, Austria, and Ireland, as well as performances by such artists as David Bowie, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Merce Cunningham. David Bowie contributed this performance of “Look Back in Anger,” recorded at PBS studios in New York:

For more on “Wrap Around the World,” head on over to Electronic Arts Intermix and Media Art Net.

(Photo: Screenshot via Electronic Arts Intermix)