Nam June Paik (b. 1932, Seoul, Korea; d. 2006, Miami Beach, Florida) is widely considered “the father of video art,” having been one of the first to blur the lines between video, technology, fine art, and pop culture. Paik studied to become a music composer early in his career and often incorporated his sensitivity to music and sound in works such as Violin with String (Dragging Violin in the Street) (1975). He also smashed violins as a “solo” performance; a performance which has evolved into a right of passage for many modern-day performance artists. Often taking inspiration from his own Korean identity, he often produced works that broke down traditional boundaries between East and West. In 1984, Paik presented Good Morning Mr. Orwell, the first public video art broadcast to be shown internationally. In countries across the world, from the United States to South Korea, Paik broadcasted to an audience of over ten million to show technology’s capacity to increase cultural exchange. In many ways, his visionary practice predicted the future of communication technologies that have become increasingly global, influential, and fused with human life.