Revisiting SVA Faculty Dara Birnbaum's Feminist 'Wonder Woman' Remix
May 30, 2017
From Jezebel: “When video artist Dara Birnbaum first exhibited Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman (1978-79), it was seen as a ‘paragon of feminist critique.’ The work was an explicit feminist critique of Wonder Woman, a character uniquely overburdened by political representation.
The video features edited footage from the Lynda Carter-helmed television show that aired from 1975-79. Birnbaum has spliced the show into a series of repetitive moments, distilling the genre of the superhero to its basic elements: Wonder Woman runs in between trees; runs through a field; she spins over and over again, transforming from alter ego Diana Prince to the titular heroine at a dizzying, repetitive pace; she spins in a hall of mirrors, her image reflected in multiples; she deflects bullets with her shiny bracelets. The looped vignettes, many of which are taken from the show’s opening credits, are punctuated by explosions and the original theme song—a disco-infused, upbeat song that, by the show’s third season, was largely just the words ‘Wonder Woman’ on repeat…” (For the full story and more videos, click here)