In opposition to the forecast of a totalitarian society where Big Brother would centralise knowledge and authority by use of television in George Orwell's "1984," Nam June Paik conducted a live satellite-linked broadcast "Good Morning Mr. Orwell", connecting New York and Paris in real-time. This was edited in a way to transpose or juxtapose the performances of avant-garde artists such as John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Charlotte Moorman in New York and Joseph Beuys and Urban Sax at the Pompidou Centre in one frame. Satellite transmission in the early 1980's was a product of the Cold War and the fruit of high technology invested with an exorbitant amount of national capital, only accessible to a few major broadcasters and NASA. However, Paik thought of these satellite broadcast systems as an opportunity to bridge different continents and cultures to realise a true art commons where people could globally communicate through arts and culture.
Laurie Anderson, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Sappho, Joseph Beuys, Oingo Boingo, Charlotte Moorman, Allen Ginsberg