Dara Birnbaum

28.09.2006 |


New York-based Artist and Independent Producer Dara Birnbaum has achieved international recognition within the arts, spurring some of the most controversial discussions in contemporary media exploration. Her work addresses both the ideological and aesthetic character of mass media imagery.


2005 “Dara Birnbaum”, Screening, Art Cinema Off Off In collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art – SMAK, Gent, Belgium, February 15, 2005

2003 “Erwartung”, The Jewish Museum, New York City, Sept. 5, 2003 – Jan. 4, 2004 (also: Marian Goodman Gallery, NY, 2002; Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, 2001)

2002 “Dara Birnbaum” (with Dan Graham), Video screening, Rooftop Urban Park Project, Dia Center for the Arts, New York

1996 “Dara Birnbaum”, Retrospective Screening, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1995 “Dara Birnbaum”, Retrospective Exhibition, KUNSTHALLE Wien, Vienna, Austria
“Dara Birnbaum”, Retrospective Exhibition, Norrtälje Konsthall, Norrtälje, Sweden

1992 Retrospective Screening, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, Germany (also: Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany; Neues Museum Weserberg, Bremen, Germany

1991 Retrospective Screening, Australian International Video Festival, Sydney, Australia

1990 “Dara Birnbaum: Retrospektiivi”, Kuopio Videofestivaalit, Helsinki / Kuopio, Finland; and Video wall, Main Rail Station, Helsinki, Finland
“Dara Birnbaum”, IVAM, Centre del Carmen, Valencia, Spain


2006 “Transmediale.06 International Media Arts Festival, Smile Machines”, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 3 February – 19 March 2006

“Expositions en région et a l'étranger”, Taipei - Fine Arts Museum, Taipei
29 avril - 23 juillet 2006; Curator: Christine Van Assche, Centre Pompidou

2005 “Contour 2005, 2nd Biennal for Video Art”, Mechelen, Belgium, 17.09 - 20.11.2005

2005 “Videographies – The Early Decades - I Cycle and II Cycle, from the EMST collection”, National Museum of Contemporary Art – EMST, Athens, Greece, 13.07. - 31.12.2005

“LISBOAPHOTO 2005: States of the Image - Instants and Intervals”, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa, Portugal, 26.05. - 21.08.2005

2004 “Prima e dopo l'immagine,” Castello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Torino, Italie, A cura di Francesco Bernardelli, 05.06. - 29.08.2004

“10th International Festival of Contemporary Arts - City of Women”, Ljubljana, Slovénie, 01.10. - 22.10.2004

2003 50. Bienale di Venezia, “Dreams and Conflicts: The Dictatorship of the Viewer”, Venice, Italy (also: 49. La Bienale di Venezia, 2001)

“Video Acts”, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, England

2000 “Au-delà du spectacle”, Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris


Honor Roll Of Feminist Artists, Veteran Feminists of America, 2003
Special Jury Prize, Deutscher Videokunstpreis, Südwestfunk, Baden-Baden and Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, 1992
Visual Arts Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts, 1991 (Also: Media Arts Program for Film and Video, NEA, 1988, 1984)
TV Picture Prize, XII Festival International de la Vidéo et des Arts Electroniques, Locarno, Switzerland, 1991
Certificate in Recognition of Service and Contribution to the Arts, Harvard University, 1988
The Maya Deren American Film Institute Award for Independent Film and Video, 1987
Norman Wait Harris Prize, The Art Institute of Chicago, 74th American Exhibition, 1982


Dara Birnbaum, KUNSTHALLE Wien, Ritter, Klagenfurt, Austria, 1995
Dara Birnbaum: Video Art, Norrtälje Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, 1995
Dara Birnbaum, IVAM, Centre del Carme, Valencia, Spain, 1991
Rough Edits: Popular Image Video, ed. Buchloh, Benjamin H.D., the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1987
Dara Birnbaum, Le Coin du Miroir, Dijon, France, 1984


2005 Spielmann, Yvonne: Video, das reflexive Medium, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, ISBN 3-518-29339-7, pp.127, 145, 147, 259-264, 279
2003 Obrist, Hans-Ulrich, “Interviews, Volume I, Edizioni Charta, Milan, Italy 2003, pp. 78-88
1997 Detterer, Gabriele, Art Recollection, Artists’ Interviews and Statements in the Nineties, Danilo Montanari & Exit & Zona Archives Editori, Florence, Italy, Pages 272, English, “Dara Birnbaum: An Interview by Hans-Ulrich Obrist,” pp.34-46
M'ARS, Magazine of the Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Year IX, No. 1, 1997

Tuer, Dot: “Mining The Media Archive: When history meets simulation in the recent work of Dara Birnbaum and Stan Douglas”, in: FUSE MAGAZINE, Volume 20, Number 5, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 1997, pp. 21-29
1996 Buchloh, Benjamin, “Dara Birnbaum: Allegorical Procedures,” in: Medij v mediju/Media in Media, Ljubljana, Slovenia, ISBN 961-90392-1, 1996, pp.46-55, +149, 150. (Taken from the original article Buchloh, Benjamin: "Allegorical Procedures: Appropriation and Montage in Contemporary Art", in: Artforum, Vo. XXI, No. 1, September 1982)
1993 Kirshner, Judith Russi: "Dara Birnbaum", in: Forum International, March/April 1993, pp. 90-96
Kravagna, Christian: "Dara Birnbaum: Talking Back to the Media", in: Eikon, Issue 6, pp. 4-11
1986 Ross, David: "Truth or Consequences: American Television and Video Art," IN: Hanhardt, John G. (ed.). Video Culture: A Critical Investigation, Visual Studies Workshop Press, Rochester, NY, pp. 169-170, 174-178
1983 Dercon, Chris: "Dara Birnbaum: Wonder Woman", in: Schöne Vis à Vis, No. 1, Brussels, Belgium, 1983, p. 2, repro.
1982 Owens, Craig: "Phantasmagoria of the Media", in: Art in America, Vol. 70, No. 5, New York, NY, May, 1982, pp. 98-100, repro.


2004 Birnbaum, Dara, “Answering a Proposition with a Question - Or, What is Wrong with This Picture?” in The Next Documenta Should Be Curated by an Artist, Hoffman, Jens, ed., Revolver Archiv für aktuelle Kunst, Frankfurt, pp.18-21, ISBN 3-936919-05-4
2003 Birnbaum, Dara, “The Individual Voice as a Political Voice: Critiquing and Challenging the Authority of Media” in Women, Art and Technology, Malloy, Judy, ed., MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts; and London, England, pp.135-147, ISBN 0-262-13424-1
1996 Birnbaum, Dara, “Media's Continuous and Discontinuous Forms" in: Inszenierte Imagination, Beiträge zu einer historischen Anthropologie der Medien. Ästhetik und Naturwissenschaften. Medienkultur, Reck, Hans Ulrich; Müller-Funk, Wolfgang, ed Springer, Wien - New York, pp.185-197
1995 Birnbaum, Dara (ass. by Lyall, Scott): "Finding Anyplace in Cyberspace", in: Anyplace, Davidson, Cynthia C. (ed.): Cambridge, MA; London: MIT Press, pp. 160-171.
1993 Birnbaum, Dara: Every TV Needs a Revolution (Artist’s Book), Imschoot Uitgevers, Gent, Belgium

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