Unusual Red Cardigan, PEER Gallery, London The world seems a ...


Unusual Red Cardigan, PEER Gallery, London The world seems a ...

John Smith

Born 1952 in London, United Kingdom

Lives and works in London


1999 University of East London, Research Degree (PhD)

1974-7 Royal College of Art Film School (MA)

1971-4 North-East London Polytechnic, Communication Design Course

(Polytechnic Diploma)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2011 Worst Case Scenario, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen,


2011 John Smith: Short Films, Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden

Unusual Red Cardigan, PEER Gallery, London

John Smith, Espace Croisé, Roubaix, France

The world seems a long way away, Pallas Projects, Dublin

Lost Sound, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri

The Girl Chewing Gum, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

2010 Accident, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg

The Offset, Aside, But (Part 4), Kunstsaele Berlin

Flag Mountain/Black Tower, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

Worst Case Scenario, Gallery 210, St. Louis, Missouri

John Smith: Solo Show, Royal College of Art Galleries, London

I’m Lying, I Promise, Sala Diaz Gallery, San Antonio, Texas

2006 John Smith – Selected Films and Videos, Ikon Gallery


Hotel Diaries – Video Diaries by John Smith, South Tipperary

Arts Centre, Clonmel, Ireland

2005 John Smith – London and Other Worlds, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg,


2004 The Black Tower, Milton Keynes Gallery, United Kingdom

The Kiss, AVA Gallery, University of East London

2003 John Smith, Pearl Gallery, London

The Girl Chewing Gum, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Selected Group Exhibitions

2011 Locus Solus: Impressions of Raymond Roussel, Museo Reina Sofia,


Genius Without Talent, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam

A Form Is Simply Something Which Allows Something Else To Be

Transported From One Site To Another, Murray Guy Gallery, New York

Has The Film Already Started?, Tate Britain, London

The Talent Show, MoMA PS1, New York; Henry Art Gallery, University


Washington, Seattle

Serious Games. War – Media – Art, Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany

Animal Kingdom - there was an old lady who ...', Schinkel Pavillion,


Un Nouveau Festival / Aether, Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Elastic Frames, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland

Independent, Art Fair, New York

The Pedestrians, South London Gallery, London

Drawing 2011, The Drawing Room, London

Neighbo(u)rhood, Mattres Factory, Pittsburg

Art Feature, Art 42 Basel, Basel

Super 8, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica

The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989, ZkM Museum of

Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany

Margains: Walking Between Worlds, Art Exchange, Colchester, England

2010 Atlas: Truths, Details, Intervals and the Afterlives of the Image,


d'Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva

lightwriting, Banner Repeater, Hackney Downs Railway Station, London

Alternatives to Memories, Gallerie Art & Essai, Rennes, France

AS SO CI ATIONS, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

A Million and One Days, Lithuanian National Gallery of Art, Vilnius,


I Must Say That At First It Was Difficult Work, Kunsthall Oslo

TBA Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon

6 th Berlin Biennial, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin

Session 8 - Video, Am Nuden Da, London

Mulberry Tree Press, SE8 Gallery, London

Nothing is in the Place, Photo Month, Krakow, Poland

The Talent Show, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis

What If, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London

After Architects, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland

Work Force, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, England

A Very, Very Long Cat, Wallspace Gallery, New York

Associations, Arcade Gallery, London

La Otra’, Contemporary Art Fair, Bogota, Columbia

Z33 Art Center, Hasselt, Belgium

2009 Beneath the Surface/Hidden Place, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock,


Der Schnitt durch die Oberflache legt neue Oberflachen frei (The cut

through the surfaces reveals new surfaces)

(curated by Max Mayer and Hans-Jurgen Hafner), Temporary Gallery,


Summer Show (curated by Richard Wilson), Royal Academy, London

Highlights from the Cologne Kunst Film Biennale in Berlin, KW


for Contemporary Arts, Berlin

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, Site Gallery,

Sheffield, England

2008 Smoke, Pump House Gallery, London

Hotel MariaKapel, A Portrait by Katie Jane, Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn,


September Show, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

Xcentric, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain

Travels, The Tate Triennial Prolouge, Tate Britian, London

ICO Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema, touring programme

launched at Tate Modern, London

Displaced Sounds, STUK Arts Centre, Leuven, Belgium

Smoke, Pump House Gallery, London

Rooftop Cinema, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin

Real Fiction, Ausstellungshalle Muenster, Germany

2007 Persona Non Grata, One in the Other Gallery, London

In the poem about love you don’t write the word love, Institute of

Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

Pathogeographies (Or Other People's Baggage), Gallery 400, Chicago

Autonomous Series, Campbell Works, London

Histoires d’en Rire. Documentaire sur Grand Ecran, Paris

2006 A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu – Farben, Kunstmuseum

Magdeburg, Germany

In the poem about love you don’t write the word love, Artists’

Space, New York

Tate Modern, London

Luz Y Tiempo: Cine Experimental Y Videoarte Britanico, La Enana

Marron, Madrid

Public Utilities, South London Gallery, London

The Atlas Group (1990-2004). A Project by Walid Raad,

Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin

I Love Art Video, Museum of Modern Art, Strasbourg, France

Smoke and Mirrors, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom

A Cinema of Physics and Perception, Block Museum of Art, Chicago

Transvision, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A Step in the Right Direction, Gallery Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark

2005 Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London

Cine y Casi Cine, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid

In the Poem About Love You Don’t Write the Word Love, Centre for

Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; ARGOS and Musée du Cinéma, Brussels

(traveled to: Artists Space, New York; Midway Contemporary Arts;

OVERGATEN—Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen)

Microwave, International Media Art Festival, Hong Kong

Home Made, 291 Gallery, London

National Gallery, London

So Klappt's, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt

Time: Base: Behaviour, Boley Gallery, Kansas City

2004 Exposure, Candid Arts, London

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany

Art Toung, Saint Martin le Vinoux, France

Moving Images, ICA, London

Across Borders: Documentary, Diaspora and the Moving Image, Tate

Modern, London

Regarder, Observer, Surveiller, Sequence - Arts Visuels et

Médiatiques, Quebec

The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

2003 Black and White Lies, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

Changing Times, Tate Britain, London

Maths in Motion, Kunstlerhauskino, Vienna, Austria

A Century of Artists' Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London

Screenings (selected)

2011 Murray Guy Gallery, New York ('Slow Glass', 'Lost Sound' 21/7/11)

The Chrysler Series, Chrysler Building, New York ('Worst Case

Scenario', 'Slow Glass', 'The Black Tower', 'The Girl Chewing Gum',

'Associations' 25/6/11)

Galerie8, London ('The Black Tower', 'Associations' 22/7/11)

Strange Forces: Perception, Observation and Presence, BFI Southbank,

London ('The Black Tower' 9/6/11)

Suspended Spaces, Beirut Art Center, Lebanon ('Flag Mountain'


Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Canada ('Flag Mountain' 1/6/11)

Videoex Experimental Film and Video Festival, Zurich ('Flag

Mountain' 21-29/5/11)

IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival, Lisbon ('Flag

Mountain' 5-15/5/11

Guy Ben-Ner & John Smith, The Horse Hospital, London ('The Black

Tower' 3/5/11)

Varieties Of Documentary, Union Docs, New York ('The Girl Chewing

Gum' 26/3/11)

The Permanent Longing For Elsewhere, Pacific Cinematheque, Vancouver

('Flag Mountain' 21/3/11)

Spike Island, Bristol, England ('The Black Tower' 15/3/11)

Banjos At Dawn, Whitechapel Gallery, London ('The Kiss' 10/3/11)

Burst Scratch, Clermont Ferrand, France ('The Girl Chewing Gum'


THE, Flat Time House, London ('The Kiss' 25/2/11)

Killing Joke, Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo ('Worst Case Scenario'


Glasgow Short Film Festival ('Flag Mountain' 18-20/2/11)

Late At Tate: Diffusions, Tate Britain, London ('The Girl Chewing

Gum' 4/2/11)

Transmediale Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin ('Flag

Mountain' 1-6/2/11)

Gothenburg International Film Festival, Sweden ('The Girl Chewing

Gum' 20/1-7/2/11)

The Permanent Longing For Elsewhere, Gallery TPW, Toronto ('Flag

Mountain' 19/1/11)

The Daily History Of Daily Utopias, Werkstattkino, Munich ('The Girl

Chewing Gum' 16/1/11)

Urbane(e) Visions, Melbourne Cinematheque, Australia ('Hotel

Diaries' series 23/3/11)

Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (various works,

personal presentation 2/2/11)

Arts Picture House, Cambridge, England ('Om', 'The Black Tower',

'Gargantuan', 'Worst Case Scenario', 'Flag Mountain', personal

presentation, 9/1/11)

Big Screen, Festival Square, Edinburgh

2010 John Smith Anthology, VIVID, Birmingham, England ('Associations',

'The Girl Chewing Gum', 'Om', 'The Black Tower', 'Gargantuan'


'Movement 12', Nightingale Theatre, Brighton, England ('The Girl

Chewing Gum', 'Om', 'The Black Tower', 'Gargantuan' 'Blight',

'Throwing Stones', personal presentation, 13/11/10)

Dokukinu Cinema, Zagreb, Croatia ('Hotel Diaries' series 17/9/10)

Glowing Rectangles, Arnolfini, Bristol, ('Hotel Diaries' series


Associations: The Short Films of John Smith, Rooftop Cinema, Madison

Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin ('Associations', 'Leading

Light', 'The Girl Chewing Gum', 'The Black Tower', 'Om',

'Gargantuan' 4/6/10)

Cafe Oto, London, UK, (‘Lost Sound’ (4/3/10)

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, (Hotel-Diaries Texas, USA

Kill Your Timid Notion Festival, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland


2009 Hull Screen, (‘Hotel Diaries’ 1/12/09)

Greek Film Archive Avant Garde Film Festival, Athens ('Hotel

Diaries' series 4, 12/10/09)

Forum des Images, Paris ('Om' 27/9/09)

Home Alone, The Green House, Chicago ('Associations' 10/7/09)

Cinema Jove International Film Festival, Valencia ('The Girl Chewing

Gum', 'Om' 20-27/6/09)

Le Grand T, Nantes, France ('Hotel Diaries' parts 1-3 rd , 12/6/09)

Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany ('Lost Sound' 2-


These are the Times: The image on the Threshold, 'Vertigo' magazine

launch, Birkbeck Cinema, London ('Dirty Pictures' 28/05/09)

Thou Shalt Not Know What Thou Do But Thou Shalt Do It, BFI

Southbank, London ('The Girl Chewing Gum' 27/5/09)

Centre Pompidou, Paris ('Dirty Pictures' 16/5/09)

Documenta Madrid Film Festival, Spain ('The Girl Chewing Gum' 1-


Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea ('Hotel Diaries'

series, personal presentation, 30/4-8-5/09)

Cinecity, Brighton, England ('Associations' 27/4/09)

Hackney, That Red Rose Empire, East End Film Festival, Rio Cinema,

London ('The Girl Chewing Gum', 'Blight', 'Lost Sound', plus panel

discussion with Iain Sinclair and other filmmakers, 26/4/09)

Hull International Short Film Festival, England (retrospective

programme, personal presentation, 21-26/4/09)

Migrating Forms Festival, Anthology Film Archives, New York ('Hotel

Diaries' series, 15-19/4/09)

Garden Pieces, BFI Southbank, London ('The Kiss' 14/4/09)

Kinodance International Dance Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia

('The Girl Chewing Gum' 7-18/4/09)

The Nightingale, Chicago ('The Kiss' 4/4/09)

Images Festival, Toronto, Canada ('Hotel Diaries' series, 2-11/4/09)

La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain ('Worst Case Scenario', 31/4/09)

Ann Arbor Film Festival, Michigan ('The Girl Chewing Gum' 27/3/09)

Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid ('Dirty Pictures' 23&30/3/09)

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt ('Lost Sound' 22/3/09)

FIFA International Festival of Films on Art, Montreal ('Blight' 19-


The Magic Lantern Glasgow, Scotland ('Worst Case Scenario' 18/3/09)

7 Inch Cinema, Birmingham, England ('Associations', 'Dirty Pictures'


Flatpack Festival Birmingham, England ('Dirty Pictures',

'Associations' 11-15/3/09)

On the Contrary: Artists, Videos Concerning War in the Middle East'

SCOPE Art Fair, Lincoln Centre, New York ('Frozen War' 5/3/09)

Poésie/nuit, Théâtre de Caen, France ('The Girl Chewing Gum' 4-


Fundacio la Caixa, Barcelona ('Worst Case Scenario' 1/3/09)

FLEXfest 2009, Gainesville, Florida ('Dirty Pictures' 20-26/2/09)

Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow Film Theatre, Scotland ('Dirty

Pictures' 15/2/09))

Séance Tenante, Lille, France ('Gargantuan', 'The Girl Chewing Gum'


'Punto de Vista' Navarra International Documentary Film Festival,

Pamplona, Spain (‘Hotel Diaries’, series 13-21/2/09)

Nickelodéon, Liège, France ('Blight' 12/2/09)

Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, England ('Associations' 9/2/09)

Smoke Institute of Contempory Arts, London ('Om' 6/2/09)

Magic Lantern Cinema, Providence, Rhode Island ('Pyramids / Skunk'


Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, France ('The Girl Chewing Gum'


Kino Arsenal, Berlin ('The Girl Chewing Gum' 13/1/09)

Museum of Garden History, London ('The Kiss' 6/1/09)

2008 John Smith: Le cinema, art de combat, Scratch Projection, Paris

(‘Hotel Diaries’ series, personal presentation, 16/12/08)

Kill Your Timid Notion Festival Tour, BFI Southbank, London;

Arnolfini, Bristol; Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

('Associations' and 'The Girl Chewing Gum', 29/11-7/12/08)

Monoquini, Bégles, France ('Om' 28/11/08)

Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne, England (‘Hotel Diaries’

series, personal presentation, 27/11/08)

'Beyond Film' Festival, Durham, England ('Dirty Pictures', 'Om' 22-


Maison Folie Wazemmes, Lilles, France ('Gargantuan', 22/11/08)

Time and Language, Flat Time House, London ('Associations',


I don't want to tell you who I am, Cinema Parallele, Montreal

('Dirty Pictures', 14/11/08)

Aurora Film Festival, Norwich, England ('Leading Light', 12-


Leeds International Film Festival, England (‘Hotel Diaries’ series,

personal presentation, 4-16/11/08)

Reading Experimental Film Festival, England ('The Girl Chewing Gum',


Sacred Music Festival, Uppsala, Sweden (‘Om’, 30/10-2/11/08)

Urban Audiovisual, Salvador, Brasil ('Worst Case Scenario',


Chicago Underground Film Festival, Chicago (‘Dirty Pictures’, 29/10-


CanariasMediaFest, Gran Canaria, Spain (‘Dirty Pictures’, 28/10-


Le Maki, Angoulême, France (‘The Girl Chewing Gum’, ‘Om’, ‘Blight’


Genre Trouble, Light Industry, New York (‘Gargantuan’, 21/10/08)

‘Travels’, Tate Triennial Prologue, Tate Britain, London (‘Frozen

War’, ‘Museum Piece’, 'B & B', ‘Pyramids / Skunk’, plus discussion

with curator Andrew Wilsaon, 18/10/08)

Ourense International Film Festival, Spain (‘Dirty Pictures’, 11-


Curzon Soho Cinema, London (‘Hotel Diaries’ series and one person

retrospective screening, personal presentations, 5-6/10/08)

Arcades Project, Cardiff, Wales (‘The Girl Chewing Gum’, ‘The Black

Tower’, ‘Slow Glass’, 4/10/08)

Unbelievable Truth: Recent British Video, Latvian Centre for

Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia ('Dirty Pictures', 1/10/08)

Nova Cinema, Brussels (‘Hotel Diaries’ series and one person

retrospective screening, personal presentations, 27-28/09/08)

‘Video Dumbo’ Festival, New York (‘Dirty Pictures’, 26-28/09/08)


For video ‘Flag Mountain’ (2010) –

ARTE Prize for a European Short Film at the 56th International Short

Film Festival Oberhausen

For video ‘Dirty Pictures’ (2007) –

50th Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated

Film, Germany 2007. Honorary Mention for an Outstanding Documentary

Film by the International Jury

For video ‘Pyramids / Skunk’ (2006-2007) -

International Festival of New Film, Split, Croatia 2007. Grand Prix

(Best Short Film)

Lucca Film Festival, Italy 2007. Grand Prix (ex aequo)

For video ‘Museum Piece’ (2004) -

50th Cork International Film Festival, Ireland 2005. Best

International Short Film awarded by the International Jury

11th Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva, Switzerland 2005. Prix du

Centre pour l’image contemporaine, Saint-Gervais Genève awarded by

the International Jury

One World, 7th International Human Rights Film Festival, Prague,

Czech Republic 2005. Honorable Mention by the International Jury

For video ‘Worst Case Scenario’ (2001-2003) –

42nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA 2004. Gus Van Sant Best

Experimental Film Award. Griot Editorial Best Editing Award

For video ‘Regression’ (1999) –

46th Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany 2000.

Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen awarded by

the selection committee

45th Cork International Film Festival, Ireland 2000. Special Mention

by the International Jury

For video ‘The Kiss’ (1999) –

"L'Immagine Leggera" Palermo International Video Art, Film & Media

Festival, Sicily 2000. 3rd Prize awarded by the International Jury

For film ‘Blight’ (1994-1996) –

"Architektur & Film" Festival, Regensburg, Germany 2000. Special

Mention by the International Jury

2nd Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Thailand 1999

Audience Prize for Best Film

14th Hamburg International Short Film Festival, Germany 1998.

The Hamburg Short Film Prize for Best Film awarded by the

International Jury

42nd Cork International Film Festival, Ireland 1997. Best European

Short Film awarded by the International Jury

40th Leipzig International Documentary and Animation Festival,

Germany 1997. Golden Dove for Best Short Documentary awarded by the

International Jury

33rd Chicago International Film Festival, USA 1997. Gold Plaque for

Best Experimental Film awarded by the International Jury

16th Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden 1997.

Film Jackdaw for Best Experimental Film awarded by the International


43 rd Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany 1997.

1. Prix Regional for film which best reflects the spirit of a region

awarded by the International Jury

2. Youth Film Prize for Best Film awarded by the Jury of the 28th


3. Honourable Mention by the German Jury of Catholic Film Work

3rd International Biennale of Film and Architecture, Graz, Austria

1997. Special Critics Award for Best Film awarded by the

International Jury of Architecture Critics

Selected Bibliography

2011 The Henry's 'The Talent Show' winks at the camera, Review, Michael

Upchurch, Seattle Times, 7 July 2011

Funny Games, Stuart Comer, Artforum, May 2011

Sarah McCrory reviews the Armory Show and Independent Art Fair New

York, Sarah McCrory, Phaidon Agenda, 14 March 2011

Rooms with a View: Watching John Smith's Hotel Diaries, Adrian

Danks, Senses Of Cinema, 13 March 2011

Second-Year Fair Hopes To Stay An Upstart, 'Independent' Art Show at

the former Dia Center, Review, Karen Rosenberg, New York Times, 3

March 2011

Everyone’s 15 Minutes In A Culture of Celebrity, Ken Johnson, New

York Times, 13 January2011

Best of the year 2010: art exhibitions in London, Martin Herbert,

TimeOut London, January 2011

2010 Columns: Pioneers - The Heretical Jacobin, Simone Menegoi,

Kaleidoscope, Summer 2010

John Smith - Royal College of Art, Richard Whitby, MAP magazine,

Issue 22, Summer 2010

John Smith Solo Show, J.J. Charlesworth, Art Review, July/August


Besensauber Wirklichkeitsverdreckt, Hans-Jürgen Hafner, artnet, 2

July 2010

Rear Window: on John Smith at Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, Ana

Teixeria Pinto, art=agenda.com, July 2010

John Smith, Martin Herbert, Frieze, Issue 132, June-August 2010

John Smith: Of Process and puns, BFI | Sight & Sound | The

International Film Magazine, May 2010

John Smith, saatchigallery.co.uk, 22 May 2010

John Smith Solo Show, Josephine Breese, this is tomorrow

Contemporary Art Magazine, 7 April 2010

In the studio John Smith, TimeOut London,April 8-14 th 2010

John Smith, Sally O’Reilly, Art Monthly, April 2010

Associations, Chris Fite-Wassilak, Frieze, Issue 130, April 2010

Brit filmmaker John Smith, Dan R. Goddard, glasstire.com, March 2010

Taking the piss: A British film legend tweaks reality at Sala Diaz,

Jerid Reed Morris, San Antonio Current sacurrent.com/arts, 23 March


2009 Hotel Diaries: John Smith Makes room for reflection, by Ian

Christie, Vertigo magazine, volume 4 issue 3, Summer 2009

Art Monthly, February 2009

2008 Smoke, Martin Hubert, Pump House Gallery, London Art Monthly,

November 2008

Le Journal, Cahiers du Cinema, September 2008

Dirty Pictures (Hotel Daires n7), Cinema du Reel, March 2008

Art 2.0? Experimental Cinema at Festart08 in Tampere, Cultitude,

February 2008

Exhibition of the week, TimeOut London, 16 January 2008

John Smith, Tampereen Film Festival, 2008

2007 The Politics of Documentary, by Michael Chanan, British Film

Institute, 2007

A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain, 1897-2004, David

Curtis, British Film Institute, 2007

Cinesonica: Sounding the Audiovisuality of Film and Video, PhD

thesis by Andrew Birtwistle, Goldsmiths College, University of

London, 2007

Return of the Black Tower (after John Smith), Essay by Sally

O’Reilly in catalogue accompanying exhibition by Jennet Thomas at

PEER Gallery, London, 2007

Vision On: Film, Television and the Arts in Britain, John Wyver,

Wallflower Press 2007

2006 Faszination Kunst – Kunstmuseen in Sachsen-Anhalt, Ed. Annegret

Laabs & Uwe Jens, Sounddesign · Sound-Montage · Soundtrack-

Komposition, Prof. Jörg U. Lensing, Mediabook 2006

Experimental Film & Video, Ed. Jackie Hatfield, John Libbey

Publishing, 2006

2005 Überraschende Begegnung der Kurzen Art, Book (in German) of

interviews with John Smith and ten other filmmakers, International

Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2005

Reading the Everyday, Joe Moran, Routledge 2005

2004 ‘Om – From Monk to Skinhead in Three Minutes’, Review (in German)of

John Smith's films on 3sat Television, by Florian Krautkrämer,

Cinetramp online magazine, September 2004, www.cinetramp.de

2003 ‘John Smith’, Interview with Brian Frye, Millennium Film Journal,

issue 39/40, USA 2003,


‘Unreal Visions’, Review by Iain Sinclair of Tate Britain exhibition

A Century of Artists' Film, The Guardian, 17/5/03

Avant-Garde Film – Forms, Themes and Passions, Michael O'Pray,

Wallflower Press 2003

Film Art Phenomena, Nicky Hamlyn, British Film Institute, 2003

‘On the Street where You Live: The Films of John Smith’, by Adrian

Danks, Senses of Cinema online magazine, Issue 29, 2003


‘John Smith’, essay by Michael O’Pray for Luxonline, 2003


2002 John Smith - Film and Video Works 1972-2002, Includes essays by Ian

Bourn, Nicky Hamlyn, Cornelia Parker, AL Rees and interview with

Cate Elwes, Picture This Moving Image/Watershed Media Centre, 2002

‘Sleights of Hand’, Review of exhibition at Pearl Gallery, London,

by Ian Stewart, Contemporary magazine, September 2002

‘John Smith’, Review of John Smith - Film and Video Works 1972-2002,

by Michael O'Pray, Art Monthly magazine, issue 261, November 2002

In Short - A Guide to Short Filmmaking in the Digital Age, Eileen

Elsey and Andrew Kelly, British Film Institute, 2002

‘John Smith's Films: Reading the Visible, The Undercut Reader -

Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video, eds. Nina Danino and

Michael Maziere, Wallflower Press 2002

2001 ‘John Smith - Compilation 1 & 2’, Notes for retrospective screenings

at Nova Cinema Brussels, April/May 2001 programme, and online on

www.nova-cinema.com (in French and Dutch)

‘Pushed to the Limit - Films and videos by John Smith’, by Fred

Camper, Chicago Reader, 7/9/2001, and online on www.fredcamper.com

‘Trespassing Beyond the Frame - John Smith talking film with Cate

Elwes"’, Interview in Filmwaves magazine, issue 15, Autumn 2001

‘Mr. Smith’, Interview with Brian Frye, Film West magazine, Ireland,

issue 46, Winter 2001

2000 ‘Remember my name - John Smith’, by Michelle Williams, The

Illustrated Ape magazine, issue 9, 2000

1999 Filmwaves magazine, issue 6, Winter1999

A History of Experimental Film and Video, A.L. Rees, British Film

Institute, 1999

1998 Housewatch "Conservatory", Artists' Newsletter, January 1998

A Split Second of Paradise - Live Art, Installation and Performance,

Ed. Nicky Childs & Jeni Walwin, Rivers Oram Press, 1998

XXXIV Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema, Festival Catalogue,


1996 The British Avant-Garde Film, Ed. Michael O'Pray, Arts

Council/University of Luton Press, 1996

1995 A Directory of British Film & Video Artists, Arts Council/University

of Luton Press, 1995

1994 Film History - An Introduction, by Kristin Thompson & David

Bordwell, McGraw – Hill, 1994

‘Fortunata" & "Heckles and Hackles’, Texts on reading by John Smith

in Brought to Book, Ed. Ian Breakwell & Paul Hammond, Penguin, 1994

1992 ‘Meshes of the Weekend’, by Penny Webb, Agenda magazine, issue

30/31, Australia, 1992

1984 ‘John Smith's Films: Reading the Visible’, by Michael Maziere,

Undercut magazine, issue 10/11, 1983/84

Catalogues and Publications

2010 Cinesonica: Sounding Film and Video, Andy Birtwistle, Manchester

University Press

John Smith: Solo Show, catalogue for retrospective exhibition at

Royal College of Art, London

See This Sound - Audiovisuology Compendium, edited by Dieter Daniels

and Sandra Naumann, Walther König

2009 Art Cinema, Paul Young, Taschen

2007 The Politics of Documentary, Michael Chanan, British Film Institute

A History of Artists' Film and Video in Britain, 1897-2004, David

Curtis, British Film Institute

A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu FARBEN, catalogue for group

exhibition at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany, Kerber Verla

2006 Sounddesign · Sound-Montage · Soundtrack-Komposition, Prof. Jörg U.

Lensing, Mediabook

2005 Überraschende Begegnung der Kurzen Art, ed. Peter Kremski, International

Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2005

John Smith – London & Other Worlds, Catalogue for retrospective

exhibition at Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, 2005

Gellner, Catalogue for group exhibition at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg,

Germany, 2005

2004 'Surprise, Engage and Delight – The Films of John Smith', Catalogue

essay by A L Rees for retrospective screenings at International Short

Film Festival Winterthur, Switzerland, 2004

2003 ‘John Smith Retrospective’, Tampere 33rd International Short Film

Festival, festival catalogue, 2003

2002 ‘John Smith Retrospective’, 48th International Short Film Festival

Oberhausen, festival catalogue, 2002

‘John Smith in Retrospective’, 21st International Short Film Festival

Uppsala, festival catalogue, 2002

2001 ‘Focus on John Smith’, Cork International Film Festival catalogue,


2000 Minor Adjustments - UK/Canadian Video Exchange, Exhibition Catalogue,


Live In Your Head - Concept & Experiment in Britain 1965-1975,

Exhibition Catalogue, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2000

1997 London Electronic Arts Distribution Catalogue, 1997

1993 London Film-Makers Co-op Distribution Catalogue, 1993

1989 Civitas, Ian Walker Exhibition Catalogue, Southampton City Art

Gallery, 1989

1988 The Elusive Sign - British Avant-Garde Film & Video 1977-1987

Catalogue, Arts Council/British Council, 1988

1984 The British Art Show Catalogue, Orbis/Arts Council, 1984

1983 The Other Side: European Avant-Garde Cinema 1960-80, Catalogue,

American Federation of Arts, 1983

1978 ‘Leading Light’, A Perspective on English Avant-Garde Film

Catalogue, Arts Council/British Council, 1978

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