Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman

Dara Birnbaum

1978 | 00:05:45 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Media Analysis, Television, Video History

A stutter-step progression of "extended moments" unmasks the technological "miracle" of Wonder Woman's transformation, playing psychological transformation off of television product. Birnbaum considers this tape an "altered state [that] renders the viewer capable of re-examining those looks which, on the surface, seem so banal that even the supernatural transformation of a secretary into a 'Wonder Woman' is reduced to a burst of blinding light and a turn of the body — a child's play of rhythmical devices inserted within the morose belligerence of the fodder that is our average television diet."

This title is also available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 2.

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Transmediale Festival (Germany), 2005


MIX New York Lesbian and Gay Experiemental Film Festival, 2011