Nam June Paik
Egg Grows, 1984-1989

In 1965 Paik, a pioneer of video art, declared the video camera the paintbrush of the future. Made nearly twenty years later, this installation explores the nature of real-time video and creates a dialogue between the real and the represented, drawing our attention to the subjective nature of the medium.

A surveillance camera focuses on an egg and feeds its live signal to a succession of eight monitors, each larger than the one before, creating the illusion that the egg is growing. Meditative in tone and minimalist in strategy, the work is a humorous expression of video’s capacity for exaggeration and offers insight into the impact of electronic communication on experience.

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Egg Grows
Artist name
Nam June Paik
Date created
video installation
eight video monitors, video camera, and egg
36 in. × 108 in. × 216 in. (91.44 cm × 274.32 cm × 548.64 cm)
Date acquired
Collection SFMOMA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Accessions Committee Fund: gift of Elaine McKeon, Byron R. Meyer, Madeleine Haas Russell, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Swanson
© Estate of Nam June Paik
Permanent URL
Artwork status
Not on view at this time.

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