Gretchen Bender 'Total Recall' (1987) Photo ©Tate


Gretchen Bender

Gretchen Bender (1951 – 2004) was an American artist who worked in film, video and photography. As part of the Pictures Generation (a group of 1970s New York media artists), Bender questioned the politics of entertainment and mass media products. In the 1980s her works offered an outlook upon the coming revolution of the digital and its multiple impacts upon contemporary culture: accelerated globalisation; increasing levels of surveillance; the corporate production of desire; and the 24/7 newsfeed culture we experience today.