Sam Smith

(Australia 1980 – )

Cameraman

Location
Not on display
Further information

Shot recently on location in Berlin, this two-channel video installation presents a curious sequence of events that take place between a film set, a cameraman's apartment and an artist's studio, involving a camera lens imbued with mystical qualities. One channel of the video conveys the action of the film set and its protagonists; the other interweaves the perspective of the film being shot – the 'film within the film'. For the viewer, the experience is one of traversing the realities of multiple screen-worlds, and registering the 'slippages' between them.

Australian artist Sam Smith has long been interested in the capacity of moving images to manipulate our sense of time and space and to absorb viewers into fictitious realms. This project is the first time he has shot on celluloid film in addition to video, bringing a new dimension to his exploration of cinematic conventions in an era of digital production.

Place of origin
Berlin, Germany
Year
2011
Media
Time-based media, Video
Medium
dual channel video installation; 4K and Super8 16mm film transferred to HD video, 16:9 ratio, stereo sound, colour, 31:14 min
Dimensions
dimensions variable
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2011
Accession number
308.2011.a-b
Copyright
© Sam Smith