Hotel Diaries: John Smith

01:11:18 | 1 DVD

Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: Humor, Politics, War

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Hotel Diaries: John Smith

Hotel Diaries is an ongoing series of video recordings made in hotel rooms, all of which relate personal experiences to contemporary world events. Works in the series currently include Frozen War (Ireland, 2001), Museum Piece (Germany, 2004), Throwing Stones (Switzerland, 2004), B & B (England, 2005), Pyramids/Skunk (The Netherlands, 2006/7), Dirty Pictures (Palestine, 2007) and Six Years Later (Ireland, 2008). They can be shown individually (apart from Six Years Later) or as a chronological group.

"...These deceptively unassuming works consist of single takes from the point of view of Smith's camcorder as he explores the nocturnal spaces of hotels he is staying in and delivers monologues on his thoughts and observations. At once politically concerned and very funny, these brilliantly structured ramblings connect the observations of his surroundings with the horror of world events in consistently surprising ways."

— Maximilian Le Cain, Film Ireland Magazine


Included Titles

John Smith
2002 | 11:00
Frozen War
Made in Ireland, October 8th, 2001. A disorientating experience while attempting to watch the TV news in an Irish hotel room triggers a spontaneous response to the bombing of Afghanistan. Frozen War is the first episode in the Hotel Diaries series...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: death and dying, european film/video

John Smith
2004 | 12:23
Museum Piece
Made in Germany, October 14th, 2004 While the Iraq war continues, a day's sightseeing and the features of a German hotel provoke a stream of thoughts about events large and small. Museum Piece is the second episode in the Hotel Diaries series, a...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: european film/video, expedition/travel, humor, performance, politics, war

Throwing Stones
As the camera looks out through a barred window and the clock strikes four in a Swiss city, the death of Yasser Arafat provides the starting point for a journey back in time.   Throwing Stones is the third episode in the Hotel Diaries series, a...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: european film/video, expedition/travel, humor, performance, politics

John Smith
2005 | 06:00
B & B
UK, November 26th 2005 The perception of an Anglo-American hotel room is coloured by new revelations about 'The War on Terror' and 'The Special Relationship' that exists between Britain and the USA. B & B is the fourth episode in the Hotel...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: expedition/travel, middle east, war

John Smith
2007 | 16:00
Netherlands, January 29th 2006/January 29th 2007 Hamas have just won the Palestinian elections and a chocolate bar in a Rotterdam hotel room eventually reminds the filmmaker that there are more important things going on in the world outside. Exactly...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: body, expedition/travel, humor, politics

John Smith
2007 | 14:24
John Smith, Dirty Pictures
Palestine, April 15th-16th 2007 Moving from one hotel in Bethlehem to another in East Jerusalem, the filmmaker encounters a series of problems involving a ceiling, a video camera and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Dirty Pictures is the...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: expedition/travel, humor, middle east

Six Years Later
Ireland, October 20th 2007 The filmmaker returns to the city where he made the first video in the series and looks back at the events of the past six years. Six Years Later is the eighth episode in the Hotel Diaries series, a collection of video...


Collection: Single Titles

Tags: diary, european film/video, expedition/travel, humor, middle east, war

Exhibitions + Festivals

Migrating Forms Film Festival, 2009