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Dara Birnbaum

Anthology Film Archives

With The Damnation of Faust: Evocation, Dara Birnbaum has moved to a consciously narrative work. In retrospect the narrative implications of such earlier installations as Kojak/Wang, 1980, and P.M. Magazine, 1982 (the latter shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art recently), are more apparent—Kojak did seem to be shooting at the woman sitting in front of the computer, and the little girl in P.M. Magazine was certainly the heroine of the piece. But those installations, with their process flashiness, repetitive editing, and intensely rhythmic synthosound tracks, seemed more importantly to be highly stylized loops intended as comments on the surface sheen and archetypal narratives of TV. While their immediate formal sources would seem to be commercials and rock videos (along with the audio cut-and-paste of dub music), they also suggest presentations of Pop material in Minimalist—and

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