Sam Smith (b.1980 in Australia) lives and works in London, England.
Working across video, sculpture, performance and installation, Smith’s work draws heavily upon the language of cinema; he uses techniques such as framing, montage and composition to explore the mediation of form through the camera lens. Within both his videos and performance, Smith makes subtle software interventions drawing the viewer’s attention to a shift in cinematic vocabulary, adapting historic modes of moving image to incorporate a move away from an anthropocentric vision.
Recent projects include ’Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival’ which featured a solo exhibition ‘Slow Fragmentation’ at Screen Space and a new version of the on-going performance project ‘NOTES’ at the Australian Centre for Moving Image. Other video performances also include ‘Your Time Is Not My Time’ at De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2015); ‘The Performative Minute’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; and ‘Notes on the Apparatus’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London which was selected by Vdrome for the Artists’ Film Biennial (both 2014).
Previous solo exhibitions include ‘Frames of Reference’ at The Royal Standard as part of their Liverpool Biennial programme; and ‘Form Variations’ at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (both 2014). He participated in ‘TOMROM’ at Sandefjord Kunstforening and Larvik Kunstforening, Norway; ‘this place is really nowhere’ at Jupiter Woods, London; and ‘How far is here’ at MAGO, Norway (all 2015). He was selected for ‘FOKUS 2015’ at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2015) and ‘Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid’ (2014-2015).