Nam June Paik (1932–2006) was a Korean American artist considered to be the founder of video art. Working at the cusp of a new era of telecommunications and digital technology, Paik’s video sculptures, installations, performances and single-channel videos captured the emerging links between the artworld and the media, pop culture and the avant-garde, and technology and philosophy. With the irreverent and playful sensibility of the Fluxus art group, he captured the frenetic energy of global communications in vibrantly textured audio and visual collages, combining emblematic motifs of Pop iconography, international avant-garde figures, multicultural performances and media appropriations. By literally manipulating the hardware of electronic media—most notably, televisions—Paik creates psychedelic and jarring distortions that tap into the kinetic energy embedded in telecommunications devices. In ”Lake Placid ‘80,” a piece commissioned for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, Paik juxtaposes fragmented, accelerated and colorized imagery of high-performance sports, the dancers from Global Groove, and heat-seeking missiles with an audio reel of “Devil with a Blue Dress On.” The hyperbolic pace and rhythm of this energetic “music video” ends with Paik’s computer-graphic version of the Olympic logo superimposed over a chanting Allen Ginsberg.