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
    1972
  • Someone Moving
    1972
  • The Hut
    1973
  • Words
    1973
  • Out the Back
    1974
  • William and the Cows
    1974
  • Faces 1
    1974
  • Faces 2
    1974
  • Associations
    1975
  • Leading Light
    1975
  • Nine Short Stories
    1975
  • Subjective Tick-Tocks
    1975
  • The Girl Chewing Gum
    1976
  • Summer Diary
    1976-77
  • Gardner
    1977
  • Hackney Marshes – November 4th 1977
    1977
  • Hackney Marshes (TV version)
    1978
  • 7P
    1978
  • Blue Bathroom
    1978-79
  • Celestial Navigation
    1980
  • Spring Tree
    1980
  • Shine So Hard
    1981
  • Light Sleep
    1981
  • Shepherd’s Delight
    1980-84
  • Om
    1986
  • The Black Tower
    1985-87
  • Dungeness
    1987
  • Slow Glass
    1988-91
  • Gargantuan
    1992
  • Home Suite
    1993-94
  • Blight
    1994-96
  • The Kiss
    1999
  • The Waste Land
    1999
  • Regression
    1999
  • Lost Sound
    1998-2001
  • Frozen War (Hotel Diaries 1)
    2001
  • Worst Case Scenario
    2001-2003
  • Museum Piece (Hotel Diaries 2)
    2004
  • Throwing Stones (Hotel Diaries 3)
    2004
  • B & B (Hotel Diaries 4)
    2004
  • Pyramids / Skunk (Hotel Diaries 5)
    2006-2007
  • Dirty Pictures (Hotel Diaries 6)
    2007
  • Six Years Later (Hotel Diaries 7)
    2007
  • Flag Mountain
    2010
  • Demo Tape
    2010
  • unusual Red cardigan
    2011
  • The Man Phoning Mum
    2011
  • Soft Work
    2012
  • Dad’s Stick
    2012
  • Dark Light
    2014
  • White Hole
    2014
  • Steve Hates Fish
    2015
  • Who Are We ?
    2016
  • Song for Europe
    2017

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