Lynne Marsh
Anna and the Tower, 2014
Arsenal Art Contemporain
22.10.14 – 20.12.14

A young woman gazes out at an idle airfield. Newly trained as air traffic controller, she is on duty at Magdeburg-Cochstedt International, a former Russian airbase about two hours from Berlin. Though fully updated in 2010 and ready for traffic, by winter 2013 it still had no scheduled commercial flights. Filmed on location with the control tower as stage, Anna repeats phrases and air-to-ground command rituals in a scripted performance of readiness for what will come, and to pass the time. As artist Lynne Marsh notes, Anna’s monologue “conjures a hallucinatory narrative choreography of flights. The work relays a sense of absence, latency and speculation as a way of describing an unsettled political landscape.”

In the three sequences – day, dusk and night – the camera alternates between Anna and the empty landscape, as weather changes, lights appear and an image of the future coalesces in the playing out of actions.

Anna and the Tower interrogates ongoing changes in Germany as the former “East” merges with the economy and norms of Western Europe. It also speaks to the project that is Europe. The video suspends ordinary time through projection and prediction, setting productive forces into motion with the desire to shape reality. Anna’s isolation is infused with optimism for an uncertain future.
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Lynne Marsh, Anna and the Tower, 2014, three-channel HD video installation with sound, XX minutes (courtesy of the artist and Donald Brown Gallery, Montréal; co-commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Toronto and the Toronto International Film Festival)
Lynne Marsh, Anna and the Tower, 2014, three-channel HD video installation with sound, XX minutes (courtesy of the artist and Donald Brown Gallery, Montréal; co-commissioned by the Goethe-Institut Toronto and the Toronto International Film Festival)
Biography

Lynne Marsh is an internationally acclaimed artist whose practice lies at the intersection of moving image, performance and installation. Marsh invests specific sites and architectures—the spaces of spectacle—through location-based filming and behind-the-scenes views. Strategically delving into the spaces and performances on the margin of mass consumption and mass cultural expression, the works stage the network of historical, social and political forces that produce the spectacle. Marsh explores how the camera’s performance reconfigures social spaces and their ideological orientation, inviting viewers to step on stage, to seize an active role.

Solo exhibitions of Lynne Marsh’s work have been held at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Steve Turner Contemporary Los Angeles; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Danielle Arnaud contemporary art, London; and PROGRAM, Berlin. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions and screenings at the Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Germany; 10th Istanbul Biennial; Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Spain; Manif d’art 5, Quebec City; Oakville Galleries, Canada; 53 Art Museum, China; and the National Gallery of Canada. She lives and works in Montréal, Berlin and London. Marsh is represented by Donald Brown Gallery, Montréal.

www.lynnemarsh.net

Videos
BNLMTL 2014 - Panel with Lynne Marsh, Mikko Canini, Simone Jones