Electronic Superhighway: A Washington, D.C. Spectacle

Over Spring Break, I travelled Washington D.C. on a trip with my family and visited the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the first time. While there, I saw an amazing installation of sculpture, lighting, and video called Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii. Created by Nam June Paik, who is known as “the father of video art”, this work consists of a giant map of the United States made of neon lights as the state borders. Behind this, each state is filled with televisions showing video footage of content that the artist associates with each specific state, including references to movies and pop culture. I found this installation to be really striking, especially since it combines so many different media in one work. I highly encourage you to visit it to see it in person! For more information, check out this link: https://americanart.si.edu/artwork/electronic-superhighway-continental-us-alaska-hawaii-71478

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