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Dara Birnbaum: Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (One Work)

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andlt;Pandgt;Opening with a prolonged salvo of fiery explosions accompanied by the warning cry of a siren, Dara Birnbaum's video Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978--79) is a concise, action-packed, and visually riveting video. During its seven-minute span we see, again and again, the transformation of the drab secretary Diana Prince into the super-heroic Wonder Woman. By isolating and repeating the moment of transformation--spinning figure, arms outstretched--Birnbaum unmasks the technology at the heart of the metamorphosis. In this illustrated examination of Birnbaum's video, T. J. Demos situates it in its historical context--among other developments in postmodernist appropriation, media analysis, and feminist politics--and explores the artist's pioneering attempts to open up the transformative abilities of video as a medium. Demos examines Birnbaum's influence on such artists as Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, and Candice Breitz, and the turn toward andquot;postproduction proceduresandquot;--the mobilization of existing imagery for innovative uses. He also reveals a fascinating historical shift in the reception of Birnbaum's work: a move from an emphasis on her deconstruction of mass culture ideology to an appreciation of her creative use of consumer imagery.andlt;/Pandgt;

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A critical examination of Dara Birnbaum's action-packed and riveting video of Wonder Woman's transformations.

Synopsis:

andlt;Pandgt;A critical examination of Dara Birnbaum's action-packed and riveting video of Wonder Woman's transformations.andlt;/Pandgt;

Synopsis:

Opening with a prolonged salvo of fiery explosions accompanied by the warning cry of a siren, Dara Birnbaum's video

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Opening with a prolonged salvo of fiery explosions accompanied by the warning cry of a siren, Dara Birnbaum's video Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978--79) is a concise, action-packed, and visually riveting video. During its seven-minute span we see, again and again, the transformation of the drab secretary Diana Prince into the super-heroic Wonder Woman. By isolating and repeating the moment of transformation--spinning figure, arms outstretched--Birnbaum unmasks the technology at the heart of the metamorphosis. In this illustrated examination of Birnbaum's video, T. J. Demos situates it in its historical context--among other developments in postmodernist appropriation, media analysis, and feminist politics--and explores the artist's pioneering attempts to open up the transformative abilities of video as a medium. Demos examines Birnbaum's influence on such artists as Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno, and Candice Breitz, and the turn toward "postproduction procedures"--the mobilization of existing imagery for innovative uses. He also reveals a fascinating historical shift in the reception of Birnbaum's work: a move from an emphasis on her deconstruction of mass culture ideology to an appreciation of her creative use of consumer imagery.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781846380679
Subtitle:
Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman
Author:
Demos, T. J.
Author:
Woodley, Caroline
Author:
Demos, Thomas J.
Publisher:
MIT
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History - Contemporary (1945- )
Subject:
Individual Artists - Essays
Subject:
Art - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
AFTERALL Dara Birnbaum
Publication Date:
20101029
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 17
Language:
English
Illustrations:
32 color illus.
Pages:
118
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , A critical examination of Dara Birnbaum's action-packed and riveting video of Wonder Woman's transformations.
"Synopsis" by , andlt;Pandgt;A critical examination of Dara Birnbaum's action-packed and riveting video of Wonder Woman's transformations.andlt;/Pandgt;
"Synopsis" by , Opening with a prolonged salvo of fiery explosions accompanied by the warning cry of a siren, Dara Birnbaum's video
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