REVIEW: Dara Birnbaum @ SLAM / by Brian Prugh

Dara Birnbaum, American, born 1946; Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-79; video still from single-channel video, color, stereo sound; 5 minutes 50 seconds; Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

Dara Birnbaum, American, born 1946; Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-79; video still from single-channel video, color, stereo sound; 5 minutes 50 seconds; Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix, New York

From the review:

... if the cultural content has grown remote, and the technological and formal innovations have become commonplace, what remains in these works to command our interest? That plenty remains is borne out by recent scholarship, which has mined the work in feminist, psychoanalytic, and deconstructive terms. But what was most palpable in watching the videos in the museum was an imperative to turn off the TV: I was surprised by their potency as an antidote to the TV show as an entertainment form.

Read the review at The Seen or download the PDF.