Nam June Paik - 32 cars for the 20th century: play Mozarts Requiem quietly
  Year :   1997
  Location :   Germany
  Worktype :   Sculptural Sound Installation
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Skulptur.Projekte in Münster





 
  Work Details  
  Nam June Paik erected a gigantic installation, consisting of 32 automobiles from the 1920s-1950s, on the square in front of the Münster castle. The artist chose the number of cars with regard to the year of his birth, 1932. The cars are not in drivable condition; instead the installation centers more around the auto bodies themselves, without their motors and other mechanisms. They are arranged in eight groups of various shapes, such as a circle, triangle, zig-zag, etc. Electric junk, old televisions, and radios lie inside the disemboweled autos. If one listens closely, Mozarts Requiem can be heard playing very quietly in some of the cars. The Sammeltitel of the 32 cars is: play Mozarts Requiem. Mozarts Requiem must be played from Sundown to 11.30 pm until people complain about it. Characteristics of the 20th century are 1. Organized violence 2. Media 3. Car-cult One common denominator which goes through all 3 factors is consumerism (violence is the No. 1 item for the consumers). Titles - Matzner, choose: 1. 32 Cars for 20 Megatods 2. Requiem 20/32 3. 20/32 Requiem 4. Adieu Marlene 20/32 5. 20/32 Herz 6. 20/32 Mega Herz 7. 20/32 8. 20 ± Mega Tods 9. 20 Megatod Century + 32 PAIK 10. 20 Megadeath Century ± 32 PAIK 11. 32 Cars for 20 Megadeath Century 12. 20/32 Adieu 13. 20 Megadeath Century + 32 14. Megatod Jrhdt + 32 15. For 20 Megatod Jrhdt 16. 20 Megadeath Century - adieu / 32 17. 20/32 Megadeath Century 18. 32 cars for the 20th century: play Mozart s Requiem quietly . Accessed 08.04.2007 from http://www.lwl.org/skulptur-projekte-download/muenster/97/paik/index.htm