'He has really influenced not just the new generations of artists, but really popular culture', says his nephew, Ken Hakuta. 'He’s not just global as an artist, but he foresaw the globalisation of everything – art, commerce, travel – everything.'
'He was one of the most innovative artists of the twentieth century, continues curator Sook-Kyung Lee. 'He was really quite a visionary, using ideas like Electronic Superhighway and technologies such as television set, laser, CCTV systems.'
Hakuta recalls Nam June Paik as a great uncle because 'he wanted me to watch more TV. And I used to be a really bad piano student who had to take piano lessons. He took our family piano and destroyed it on stage, so no more piano lessons.'
Paik also left some lasting advice: 'my uncle told me, you should experience everything once, and I think he gave my mind great flexibility in thinking of everything backwards and forwards, sideways. And maybe that’s why I’m not shocked by many things in life, because I may have learnt that from my uncle.'