The Girl Chewing Gum

“In The Girl Chewing Gum a commanding voiceover appears to direct the action in a busy London street. As the instructions become more absurd and fantasized, we realize that the supposed director (not the shot) is fictional; he only describes—not prescribes—the events that take place before him. Smith embraced the ‘spectre of narrative’ (suppressed by structural film) to play word against picture and chance against order. Sharp and direct, the film anticipates the more elaborate scenarios to come: witty, many-layered, punning, but also seriously and poetically haunted by drama’s ineradicable ghost.”

—A.L. Rees, A Directory of British Film and Video Artists (Luton, UK: Arts Council of England/University of Luton Press, 1996)

This title is also available on John Smith: Program 1.

16mm film transfered to video

Sort Title
Girl Chewing Gum, The
Location Number
SMIJ-002
Major Exhibitions/Festivals

Royal College of Art, John Smith Solo Show, 2010

Total Artist Royalty Percent
0.50
Closed Captioning Available
Yes
Digital Master
Yes
Dub Approved
Yes
Transcript on File
Yes
In Distribution
Yes
VDB Comments

Archival sales no longer permitted (redirect archival sale inquiries to John Smith and Tanyal Leighton Gallery - tanyaleighton@mac.com).
For any looped exhibition requests, contact John Smith directly for permission before taking order. (BMR 1/10)
John must review & approve of all sales / rentals to Israel (LB 08/09)
ALSO AVAILABLE ON JOHN SMITH PROG 1

org_artist


John Smith

country(ies)
United Kingdom
Lanquage(s)
English
Location Body



Image holder
GIRLCHEWIN.jpg
Video Clip holder
sites/default/files/clips/GIRLCHEWIN.mp4
video background holder
sites/default/files/clip_images/GIRLCHEWIN.jpg
Artist Royalty Payment Holder
John Smith
Location Name
staff
org_nid
3412
org_path
/titles/girl-chewing-gum
org_running_time
12:00
org_production_year
1976
cost
$0.00
Height
2in.
Length
9in.
SKU
GIRLCHEWIN
Sell Price
$0.00
Weight
0 lb.
Width
7in.
Aspect
Collection:
Catalog
Tags: video product
Tags
European Film/Video, Experimental Film, Film or Videomaking, Humor, Language, Sound
Sound Type
Mono
Collection
Single Titles
Color
B&W