"An anthology by Nam June Paik on the occasion of the exhibition Good Morning, Mr. Orwell at Daadgalerie in Berlin from November 28th to December 9th, 1984.
Published in 1948, George Orwell’s novel 1984 foresaw the television as a tool of control for the totalitarian state. Eager to demonstrate the positive possibilities of the television medium, Paik orchestrated a live broadcast of Good Morning, Mr. Orwell, a global variety show of performances by avant-garde artists like Joseph Beuys, Laurie Anderson, and Phillip Glass. The show premiered on January 1st of the Orwellian year in New York, Paris, Berlin, Seoul, among other major cities, and is estimated to have been watched by over 25 million TV viewers.
Published at the end of that year, this anthology presents the participating artists’ responses to Paik’s prompt: “what would you do if you had a million dollars for a satellite project?” Culminating in a collection of statements, memories and experiences, Art for 25 Million People: Art & Satellite: Good Morning, Mr. Orwell demonstrates the positive possibilities of the television medium as a vehicle for cultural exchange not limited by boundaries, distance, or time."