TV Buddha, 1992

Basel 2017
TV Buddha

James Cohan Gallery

Buddha, monitor, CCT camera
134.6 x 210.8 x 55.9 (cm)
53.0 x 83.0 x 22.0 (inch)
TV Buddha (1992) presents a classic theme for Paik, a bronze statue of Buddha is recorded by a closed circuit camera and played back on a TV monitor. The Buddha meditating upon its digital self points to the reflexivity of the television viewing experience—a wry comment that links watching TV with Zen meditation as means to achieve a higher level of consciousness.