UK / Duration 3m 56s / 2010
Narrated by Gerard Fletcher and music by Jeff Harbourne. Supported by Airfix.
Using the top ten best selling Airfix aeroplane kit names a narrative is written, including each name of the aeroplane in the order it appears on the list. The imagery within the film is of an abstract sculpture made from airfix aeroplane pieces, but constructed in a haphazard way, referencing the source of the narrative. The story itself tells of a situation where individuals are queuing on Spitfire Beach to throw crates of their personal belongings into the sea.
Lisa Stansbie is an artist whose work crosses the disciplines of film, sculpture, installation, photography and digital practices. Stansbie has undertaken residencies and exhibited across Europe and the U.S. Stansbie’s films have been shown internationally at galleries and festivals from Bury to New York.
Her series of works Spitfire Beach (2010) were shown in the Short Cuts exhibition in March 2010 at g39 Cardiff and were on long-term display at The Arts Council Headquarters, London (2010-2012). Stansbie’s audio piece Background to a film: Spitfire Beach (2010) features on A History of Background audio CD + booklet published in an edition of 1000 by cantaudio033 in February 2011. Spitfire Beach was also shown in April 2011 as part of the g39 and Halle 14 collaboration Portmanteau, in Leipzig, Germany. In March 2011 she was commissioned to make the new film work Ark (2011) in response to the Artemis Archive in Leeds. This film was exhibited in the Hunter Gatherer exhibition at Project Space Leeds April – August 2011.
Her solo show Flight at Huddersfield Art Gallery January – March 2012 showcased Stansbie’s existing and new work related to the notion of flight via wings, journeys, travels and aeroplanes. She was commissioned in August 2012 to make the film Diaphone for Outcasting: Fourth Wall supported by Arts Council Wales and Cardiff Contemporary.