John Smith: Program 2

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Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: European Film/Video, Humor, Landscape

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John Smith: Program 2

"The films of John Smith conduct a serious investigation into the combination of sound and image, but with a sense of humour that reaches out beyond the traditional avant-garde audience. His films and videos move between narrative and absurdity, constantly undermining the traditional relationship between the visual and the aural. By blurring the perceived boundaries of experimental film, fiction and documentary, Smith never delivers what he has led the spectator to expect."

—Mark Webber, Leeds International Film Festival catalogue 2000

Included Titles

John Smith
1991 | 40:00
Slow Glass
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A nostalgic glazier shows off his knowledge and expounds his theories. Taking glassmaking processes and history as its central theme, Slow Glass explores ideas about memory, perception and change.

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: european film/video, experimental film, history, humor, labor

John Smith
1996 | 14:00
Blight
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"Blight was made in collaboration with composer Jocelyn Pook. It revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, which provoked a long and bitter campaign by local residents to protect their homes from demolition. Until 1994, when...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: activism, city, european film/video, landscape, memory, music, politics, sound

John Smith
1999 | 05:00
The Waste Land
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A personal interpretation of the poetry and letters of T.S. Eliot that explores the ambiguities of language and space in a scenario built around an anagram. "A brilliant, absurd staging of Eliot’s The Waste Land in the local pub by the master of...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: european film/video, humor, language, poetry

John Smith
1999 | 05:00
The Kiss
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Made with Ian Bourn. A depiction of the forced development of a hothouse flower. Organic growth is progressively overtaken by a more sinister mechanical process. "The makers manage very convincingly to wrong-foot the viewer in just five minutes in...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: european film/video, expedition/travel, film or videomaking

John Smith
1999 | 17:00
Regression
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A portrait of the artist as a not-so-young man. The filmmaker attempts to enter the digital age by making a new video version of one of his old films. "The award of the Short Film Festival goes to a video in which the reflection of artistic work...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: aging, european film/video, film or videomaking, humor, language, performance