The Fortune Teller
2015, 16mm and digital video, 16:00 minutes
Annie MacDonell, still from The Fortune Teller, 2015, 16mm and digital video, 16:00 minutes.
The Fortune Teller tracks the repair of a cast resin hand from an arcade fortune telling machine. At the centre and foreground of the film the object is carefully reassembled, while other sets of hands perform separate tasks around, behind, before, and after it. The hand-object is a proposal for a non-linear, non-progressive relationship to time. The process of its restoration moves it backwards through history towards its point of origin, but also returns it to functionality, re-enabling its connection to the future. Backward and forward happen simultaneously and the proliferating hands become portals through which past/present/future can merge. The film, shot on 16mm and digital video, generates the illusion of time collapsing and expanding as the narrative splits, stutters, and repeats.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Annie MacDonell makes photography, sculpture, film, and installation. Her work questions assumptions around originality, authenticity, and our shifting relationship to images, both moving and still. MacDonell’s work often begins with gestures of recuperation and reanimation, which spiral off into multi-layered and self-reflexive meditations on the act of looking.
Annie MacDonell received a BFA from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in 2000, followed by graduate studies at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Tourcoing, France. Recent solo shows include The Hand and the Glove at Mulherin New York, The Fortune Teller at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Image and The Abyss at the Art Gallery of Windsor, and The Originality of the Avant Garde at Mercer Union Gallery in Toronto. She has participated in group exhibitions at The Power Plant, MOCA Cleveland, Le Grand Palais in Paris, and the Daegu Photo Biennale in South Korea. In 2012 she was long listed for the Sobey Art Award and short-listed for the AGO Grange prize for photography.