Television has been a life-long fascination for Nam June Paik; from its wiry innards to the glory of its tackiest shows. Unlike so much "futuristic" artwork, the majority of the pieces have dated well. A cello made of TV sets and Perspex, for example, has lost none of the appeal it must have had when it was first shown. For other pieces, like the series of spiralling lines projected on a wall, the pioneering nature of these techniques must be taken into account because at face value it simply looks like a screensaver.
There are flashes of irony among the exhibits; the show is successful as a criticism of consumerism. The signs give an insight into the life of Paik himself, who appears fleetingly across the screens like an elusive white rabbit. Combinations of classical and modern music make sure two of your senses remain engaged and interactive pieces will entertain the most reluctant of gallery-goers.
Unfortunately, one word that springs to mind is discordant -the combination of biography and artwork from different times isn't very deftly intertwined. Some aspects just end up confusing, rather than informing, the visitor. Overall, there isn't a sufficiently cohesive feel to it all, like a greatest hits CD rather than an album.
This show feels particularly relevant in Scotland, the birthplace of John Logie Baird. This haven of reflection among the chaos of the Fringe is well worth a look and certain to give you food for thought.
Sine Harris is a pupil at Boroughmuir High School and this review was submitted as part of the Herald Young Critics Project with the Edinburgh International Festival. Further student reviews from four more Edinburgh high schools will appear in Herald Arts before the end of the Festival.