Artist: Nam June Paik
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, D.C.
Year Created: 1995

Nam June Paik immigrated to the U.S. from Korea in 1964, and he was blown away by the vast network of the American highways. His large-scale work captures the overwhelming implications of a modernized country. Busy neon signs speak to glaring commercialism, and audio segments from The Wizard of Oz, Oklahoma, and other American classics create a mix between freedom of the open road and the claustrophobia of American consumption. Electronic Superhighway is a cultural and sensory overload.