Artists Fairs USA

Now on the big screen

Pioneering video artist Dara Birnbaum is projecting her film on the façade of the New World Center

Dara Birnbaum's Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-79

In the early 1970s, when the pioneering video artist Dara Birnbaum began her career, there were no 7,000 sq. ft film screens like the one at the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center. Not that it mattered then: the artist was happy to stick to the language of television, which at the time meant small devices. She wanted to “use television on itself”, she says, instead of translating it into another format.

Tonight, however, both Birnbaum and the public have a rare chance to see her 2011 work Arabesque, which has been specially edited for Miami's massive screen. The event is free and open to the ­public. (Above, Technology/Transformation: Wonder Woman, 1978-79.)

For an interview with Birnbaum will run in tomorrow’s fair edition. “Arabesque and Reanimation: Dara Birnbaum and Joan Jonas”, tonight at 10pm, New World Center, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach

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