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Dara Birnbaum
Born 1946
New York, USA
Nationality American
Field installation artist, video artist

Dara Birnbaum, born in 1946 in New York ,USA, where she continues to live and work, uses video to reconstruct television imagery using as material such archetypal formats as quizzes, soap operas, and sports programmes. Her techniques involve the repetition of images and interruption of flow with text and music. She is also well known for forming part of the feminist art movement.


Her most prominent piece of video art is the 1978 - 1979 video art piece Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman. In this work she uses appropriated images of Wonder Woman to subvert the ideology and meaning embedded in the television series.[1]

In 1979 she started to make fast-edited video collages from footage appropriated while working for a TV post-production unit.[2] She participated in the 1985 Whitney Biennial.[3]

Her 1994 six channel video installation Hostage has as its subject the kidnapping of Hanns-Martin Schleyer in 1977.[4]

Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.[5] She also has works in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada.[6]

External links


  1. ^ Margot Lovejoy, Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age, Routledge, 2004, p108. ISBN 0415307805
  2. ^ Catherine Elwes, Video Art: A Guided Tour, I.B.Tauris, 2005, p108. ISBN 1850435464
  3. ^ Margot Lovejoy, Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age, Routledge, 2004, p129. ISBN 0415307805
  4. ^ Dot Tuer, Mining the Media Archive: Essays on Art, Technology and Cultural Resistance, YYZ Books, 2006, p45. ISBN 0920397352
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  6. ^ National Gallery of Canada's Cybermuse website


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