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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