Dara Birnbaum

An architect and urban planner by training, Dara Birnbaum began using video in 1978 while teaching at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, where she worked with Dan Graham. Recognized as one of the first video artists to employ the appropriation of television images as a subversive strategy, Birnbaum recontextualizes pop cultural icons (Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-79) and TV genres (Kiss the Girls: Make them Cry, 1979) to reveal their subtexts. Birnbaum describes her tapes as new “ready-mades” for the late 20th Century—works that “manipulate a medium which is itself highly manipulative.”

 

 

 

Available Titles by Dara Birnbaum

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Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman 1978 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Kiss the Girls: Make Them Cry 1979 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Remy/Grand Central Trains and Boats and Planes 1980 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
PM Magazine/Acid Rock 1980 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Pop-Pop Video: General Hospital/Olympic Women Speed Skate 1980 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Pop-Pop Video: Kojak/Wang 1980 Early Video Art, Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Damnation of Faust: Evocation 1983 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Damnation of Faust: Will-o'-the-Wisp (A Deceitful Goal) 1985 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Evocation of Faust: Charming Landscape 1987 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Canon: Taking to the Street 1990 Single Titles order video    add to wish list
Dara Birnbaum: Damnation of Faust Trilogy 2001 Single Artist Compilations order video    add to wish list
The Whole World is (Still) Watching 2016 Curated Compilations, New Releases, Compilations order video    add to wish list
Problematizing Pleasure / Punk Theory 2017 Curated Compilations, New Releases order video    add to wish list