1975, 41:12 min, b&w, sound
Chaired Anxieties: Abandoned
1975, 5:15 min, b&w, silent
Chaired Anxieties: Slewed
1975, 13:06 min, b&w, sound
Chaired Anxieties Addendum: Autism
1975, 7:20 min, b&w, sound
1975, 6:01 min, b&w, silent
1975, 5:55 min, b&w, silent
1975, 3:30 min, b&w, sound
Six Movements: Video Works from 1975 is a limited edition boxed set that represents Birnbaum's earliest experiments with the video medium.
These six performance-based works, in which the artist explores a woman's psychological states through physical gestures, are raw, direct, and unmediated. The young Birnbaum appears on camera, alone, as the performer. (By the late 1970s she would no longer appear on-screen, although she would often employ female figures as surrogates.) The pieces introduce themes that recur throughout her work, particularly the articulation of a feminist subtext through the central figure of a woman who is presented as both strong and vulnerable. She investigates the body as a vehicle for intense emotional or psychological manifestations while also foregrounding the relation of the camera/viewer and subject/performer. Although Birnbaum famously broke new ground in video by engaging directly with popular television as source material, these earliest works reveal a link to the Body art and performance-video practices of the generation of artists who immediately preceded her, such as Vito Acconci, Joan Jonas, and Bruce Nauman. -- EAI
This title is available for exhibitions, screenings, and institutional use through Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
, NY. Please visit the EAI Online Catalogue
for further information about this artist and work. The EAI site offers extensive resources for curators, students, artists and educators, including: an in-depth guide to exhibiting, collecting, and preserving media art; A Kinetic History: The EAI Archives Online, a collection of essays, primary documents, and media charting EAI's 40-year history and the early years of the emergent video art scene; and expanded contextual and educational materials.