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Untitled [Bakelite Robot]

Nam June Paik

July 2021
Nam June Paik, Untitled [Bakelite Robot], 2002; collection SFMOMA, gift of the Hakuta family; © Estate of Nam June Paik
  1. What was the first thing you noticed about this artwork? Why do you think you noticed that first?
  2. What things do you recognize in this work? What things seem new to you?
  3. Does anything you have noticed in this work of art remind you of something in your own life? If so, what are you reminded of?
  4. This work is made out of vintage radios. How many radios did the artist use? Are the radios exactly alike? How are they similar or different?
  5. Describe any challenges the artist might have faced when making this work. What do you see that makes you say that?

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