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Moment of Friday: Artist Dara Birnbaum's 1970s Wonder Woman mash-up

Moment of Friday: Artist Dara Birnbaum's 1970s Wonder Woman mash-up

By today's standards, Dara Birnbaum's video piece "Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman," might not seem like a big deal. The 5 1/2-minute video looks like your typical Internet mash-up: repeating cuts of actress Lynda Carter spinning in circles to transform herself into Wonder Woman, all studded with explosions, which are also repeated.  But in the context of the late 1970s, when "Technology/Transformation" was made, the video represented something totally new. For one, it was an appropriation of a hit television program at a time when it wasn't all that easy to appropriate video.  "There weren't VCRs," says L.A.-based video...

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