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John Smith: Six films

Denne kvelden kan du få se seks filmer signert den britiske kunstneren John Smith, kjent for sine lekende og humoristiske filmeksperimenter.

A selection of work from one of Britain’s most distinguished experimentalists. Smith’s films and videos, made over the past four decades, are puzzles that won’t be solved. When the logic of his structural precision begins to seem familiar, Smith’s dark wit diverts the viewer into unexpected and unruly networks of meaning and absurdity. His explorations of perception and narration open up cinematic possibilities that remain strikingly prescient and relevant in the digital age.

Associations (Storbritannia 1975, 16mm, 7min)

Images from magazines accompany a spoken text taken from Word Associations and Linguistic Theory by the American psycholinguist Herbert H Clark. Associations sets language against itself. Image and word work together/against each other to destroy/create meaning.

The Girl Chewing Gum (Storbritannia 1976, 16mm, 12min)

A commanding voice over appears to direct the action in a busy London street. Smith takes the piss out of mainstream auteurist ego, but provides proof of the underground ethos: Even with meagre mechanical means, the artist can command the universe.

Om (Storbritannia 1986, 16mm, 4min)

The structure is stunningly simple and deceptively subtle. We are taken on a journey from one concrete stereotype to its diametric opposite, images transform and juxtapose and invert our interpretation of what we see and hear.

Mur med et sort tårn bak.

The Black Tower (Storbritannia 1987, 16mm, 26min)

A man is haunted by a tower which, he believes, is following him around London. A narrative voice-over which takes us from unease to breakdown to mysterious death. The images deliver a series of colour coded puzzles, jokes and puns which pull the viewer into a mind-teasing engagement.

Dungeness (Storbritannia 1987, 16mm, 4min)

By selectively framing and alternating monochrome fields within the Dungeness landscape the film creates a series of abstract rhythms.

Citadel (Storbritannia 2020, video, 16min)

Filmed from the artist’s window during lockdown, Citadel combines short fragments from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speeches relating to coronavirus with views of the London skyline. Perceiving the city as a site of both horror and aesthetic beauty, the film documents the dramatic effects of changing light conditions upon its architecture.

Teknisk informasjon om filmen John Smith: Six films
Attributt Verdi
Spilletid 1t 10m (70 minutter)
Produsert Storbritannia 1975
Regi John Smith
Tale Engelsk
Tekst Utekstet
Visningsformat 16mm


  • Søndag 12.09.2021 18:00 Lillebil