Dara Birnbaum Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman 1978-79

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American households in the late 1970s consumed, on average, over six hours of television per day. Around that time, Birnbaum began working with footage hijacked from television broadcasts. She re-edited material from the popular program Wonder Woman to emphasize how mass media alternates between heroic and trivializing depictions of women. “Where am I between the two?” Birnbaum has asked. “I’m a secretary, I’m a Wonder Woman, and there’s nothing in-between. And the in-between is the reality we need to live in.” She installed the video in the storefront of a SoHo hair salon, for all to see.

Gallery label from 2019
Video (color, sound)
5:50 min.
Committee on Media Funds
Object number
© 2024 Dara Birnbaum. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.
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