Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut began working together in the 1960’s and collaborated on several short pieces throughout their time together. Using both B&W and color 16mm film, footage was captured and electromagnetically distorted (a method that Nam June Paik used quite frequently during this time). Then a second taping was completed filming the shadows of various objects projected overtop the footage of the moon to create the end product. In Electronic Moon No. 2, electromagnetic charges create an effect that mirrors and compliments the rhythmic motion of the water. The accompanying sound is Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller, a classic sound in contrast to this avant-garde media of the time, createing an environment that feels familiar and comfortable in the face of this new and unusual art.
The work is serene, contemplative, and provaocative. One can see the experimentation taking place as the “video-film” unravels; this video reveals much about the progression of these artists’ successes.
The origional work is approximately 16 minutes long and includes color, silhouettes, households items and an appearance by Charlotte Moorman (long time friend and collaborator) at the end.