To celebrate the publication of Dara Birnbaum: Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, a new book by T.J. Demos for Afterall's One Work series, Tate Modern is organising a programme of Birnbaum's groundbreaking video work. The programme restages, in part, on a 1980 screening at The Collective for Living Cinema that showed Mirroring, Control Piece and Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman among others. A discussion with Birnbaum and Demos will follow the screening.
Dara Birnbaum's video works are among the most influential and innovative contributions to the contemporary discourse on art and television. In her videotapes and multi-media installations, she uses low-end and high-end video technology to subvert, critique or deconstruct the power of mass media images and gestures. Her work remains a pioneering exploration of the transformative abilities of video as a medium. Demos, a lecturer at the department of history of art at University College London discusses these issues and others in his book-length study published by Afterall.