John Smith (United Kingdom)

John Smith (born 1952, Walthamstow, England) is an award winning avant garde filmmaker noted for his use of humour in exploring various themes that often play upon the film spectator's conditioned assumptions of the medium. Noted works include The Girl Chewing Gum (1976), Om (1987), The Kiss (1999) and Blight (1996). John studied film at the Royal College of Art. After graduating in 1977 he became involved in the activities of the London Filmmakers’ Co-op. Strongly influenced by the Structural Materialist ideas which dominated British artists’ filmmaking at that time, but also fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, John Smith has developed a body of work which reworks and transforms reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema. Since 1972 John Smith has made over forty film, video and installation works that have been shown in cinemas, art galleries and on television throughout the world and awarded major prizes at many international film festivals. His solo exhibitions include Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2006), Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2005), Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (2003) and Pearl Gallery, London (2003). He regularly presents his work in person and in recent years it has been profiled through retrospectives at the 2007 Venice Biennale and film festivals in Oberhausen, Cork, Tampere, Uppsala, Bristol, Regensburg, Glasgow and La Rochelle. John Smith lives and works in London. He teaches part-time at the University of East London where he is Professor of Fine Art.

Filmography

  • Triangles
    3´, UK, 1972
  • Someone Moving
    5´, UK, 1972
  • The Hut
    5´, UK, 1973
  • Words
    7´, UK, 1973
  • William and the Cows
    6´, UK, 1974
  • Faces 1
    11´, UK, 1975
  • Faces 2
    3´, UK, 1974
  • Associations
    7´, UK, 1975
  • Leading Light
    11´, UK, 1975
  • Nine Short Stories
    3´, UK, 1975
  • Subjective Tick-Tocks
    11´, UK, 1975
  • The Girl Chewing Gum
    12´, UK, 1976
  • Summer Diary
    30´, UK, 1976-77
  • Hackney Marshes - November 4th
    15´, UK, 1977
  • Gardner
    6´, UK, 1977
  • Hackney Marshes-TV version
    30´, UK, 1978
  • 7P
    7´, UK, 1978
  • Blue Bathroom
    14´, UK, 1979
  • Celestial Navigation
    10´, UK, 1980
  • Spring Tree
    3´, UK, 1980
  • Shine So Hard
    32´, UK, 1981
  • Light Sleep
    6´, UK, 1981
  • Shepherd's Delight
    35´, UK, 1980-84
  • Om
    4´, UK, 1986
  • The Black Tower
    24´, UK, 1985-87
  • Dungeness-3 films for theatre production
    12´, UK, 1987
  • Slow Glass
    40´, UK, 1988-91
  • Gargantuan
    1´, UK, 1992
  • Home Suite
    96´, UK, 1993-94
  • Blight
    14´, UK, 1996
  • The Kiss-in collaboration with Ian Bourn
    5´, UK, 1999
  • The Waste Land
    5´, UK, 1999
  • Regression
    17´, UK, 1999
  • Lost Sound-in collaboration with Graeme Miller
    28´, UK, 2001
  • Frozen War
    11´, UK, 2001
  • Worst Case Scenario
    18´, UK, 2001-03
  • T in the Park
    UK, 2004-06
  • Hotel Diaries
    80´, UK, 2002-07
  • Flag Mountain
    8', UK, 2010
  • Demo Tape
    5', UK, 2010
  • unusual Red cardigan
    12', UK, 2011
  • The Man Phoning Mum
    12', UK, 2011
  • Soft Work
    37', UK, 2012
  • Dad's Stick
    5', UK, 2012

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