John Smith (United Kingdom)

John Smith (born 1952, Walthamstow, England) is an award-winning avant-garde filmmaker who studied at the Royal College of Art in London. After graduating in 1977 he became an active member of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op. Inspired in his formative years by conceptual art and structural film, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, Smith has developed a diverse body of work which blurs the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema. Often rooted in everyday life, his films are known for their formal ingenuity, subversive wit and oblique storytelling. Noted works include The Girl Chewing Gum (1976), The Black Tower (1987), Blight (1996) and Dad’s Stick (2012).

Since 1972 John Smith has made over sixty film, video and installation works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television around the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals. He received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Artist’s Award in 2011, and in 2013 he was the winner of Film London’s Jarman Award. His many solo exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig (2015), Centre d'Art Contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec, Paris (2014), Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2012), Royal College of Art Galleries, London (2010), Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006) and Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2005). He regularly presents his work in person and it has been profiled through retrospectives at the 2007 Venice Biennale and film festivals in Oberhausen, Tampere, Leipzig, St. Petersburg, La Rochelle, Lussas, Mexico City, Uppsala, Cork, Sarajevo, Prizren, Munich, Regensburg, Stuttgart, Vilnius, Karlstad and Winterthur. His work is held in the collections of Tate Gallery; Arts Council England; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz; FRAC Île de France, Paris; Kunstmuseum Magdeburg; Wolverhampton Art Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. He lives and works in London and is Emeritus Professor of Fine Art at University of East London.

Filmography

  • Time and Motion (for A L Rees)
    2021
  • Covid Messages
    2020
  • Citadel
    2020
  • A State of Grace
    2019
  • Jour de Fête
    2017
  • Song for Europe
    2017
  • Who Are We ?
    2016
  • Steve Hates Fish
    2015
  • White Hole
    2014
  • Dark Light
    2014
  • Soft Work
    2012
  • Dad’s Stick
    2012
  • unusual Red cardigan
    2011
  • The Man Phoning Mum
    2011
  • Flag Mountain
    2010
  • Demo Tape
    2010
  • Dirty Pictures (Hotel Diaries 6)
    2007
  • Six Years Later (Hotel Diaries 7)
    2007
  • Pyramids / Skunk (Hotel Diaries 5)
    2006-2007
  • B & B (Hotel Diaries 4)
    2004
  • Throwing Stones (Hotel Diaries 3)
    2004
  • Museum Piece (Hotel Diaries 2)
    2004
  • Worst Case Scenario
    2001-2003
  • Frozen War (Hotel Diaries 1)
    2001
  • Regression
    1999
  • The Waste Land
    1999
  • The Kiss
    1999
  • Blight
    1994
  • Home Suite
    1994
  • Gargantuan
    1992
  • Lost Sound
    1988
  • Slow Glass
    1988
  • Dungeness
    1987
  • Om
    1986
  • The Black Tower
    1985-1987
  • Light Sleep
    1981
  • Shine So Hard
    1981
  • Shepherd’s Delight
    1980-1984
  • Spring Tree
    1980
  • Celestial Navigation
    1980
  • Blue Bathroom
    1979
  • Hackney Marshes (TV version)
    1978
  • 7P
    1978
  • Summer Diary
    1977
  • Gardner
    1977
  • Hackney Marshes – November 4th 1977
    1977
  • The Girl Chewing Gum
    1976
  • Subjective Tick-Tocks
    1975
  • Nine Short Stories
    1975
  • Leading Light
    1975
  • Associations
    1975
  • Faces 2
    1974
  • Faces 1
    1974
  • William and the Cows
    1974
  • Out the Back
    1974
  • Words
    1973
  • The Hut
    1973
  • Someone Moving
    1972
  • Triangles
    1972

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