Sam Smith
LITHIC CHOREOGRAPHIES (2018)
Lithic Choreographies trailer
Lithic Choreographies (2018) is an experimental documentary shot on the Swedish island of Gotland. It mines historical data, mingling it with speculative fictions, to chronicle different chapters embedded to the island's geological strata. Working with locals to ground the film's investigations within the myriad communities of Gotland, Smith seeks to re-imagine our modes of engagement with and contributions to ecological assemblages. Scanning the landscape characterised by palaeo-sea-stacks, fossil coastlines, concrete production plants and limestone quarries, the film focuses a lens on minerals circulated in economic, cultural and agricultural contexts.

Lithic Choreographies was commissioned by International Art Space for spaced 3: north by southeast and produced in collaboration with Baltic Art Center.


Lithic Choreographies (2018), installation view, Gotland Art Museum, Sweden


Lithic Choreographies (2018), installation view, Gotland Art Museum, Sweden


Lithic Choreographies (2018), installation view, Gotland Art Museum, Sweden


Lithic Choreographies, film still


Lithic Choreographies, film still


Lithic Choreographies, film still


Lithic Choreographies, film still


Lithic Choreographies, film still


Lithic Choreographies, film still
Lithic Choreographies (2018)
4K film
50 minutes

A FILM BY Sam Smith

DANCER: Thibault Lac
GOTLAND MUSEUM: Sara Eliason
SUDERBYN PERMACULTURE ECOVILLAGE:
Antoine Arquié, Ana García Barbé, Femke Blom, Alisa Dendro, Bettina Donkó, Florent Golin, Kamuran Kıvanç Kaftanoğlu, Sergii Lutchenko, Sarah Monnier, Laura Vass
GROSTÄDE: Gabriel Norberg O'Sullivan
THE HOLOGRAM: Jan Luthman
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANCIENT HISTORY (CAMPUS GOTLAND, UPPSALA UNIVERSITY): Olivia Gustafsson and Hanna Sjöberg
FIRE: Hans-Ove Hellström
BRUCEBO ARTIST HOUSE: Johanna Pietikäinen
GUTA SAGA: Lars Kruthof

CINEMATOGRAPHY, EDITING, VISUAL EFFECTS AND SOUND DESIGN: Sam Smith
CAMERA ASSISTANTS: Staffan Enström, Oskar Pedersen
SOUND RECORDIST: Anders Nyström
COSTUME AND STYLING: Scott Ramsay-Kyle and Bronwen Marshall
with clothes by Christopher Raeburn
RESEARCH AND EDITING ASSISTANCE: Nella Aarne
THE HOLOGRAM TEXT: Nella Aarne and Sam Smith
TRANSLATION: Elaine Bolton, Hélène Gibbings, Petter Yxell

Opening narration
Guta Saga: The History of the Gotlanders

Brucebo Artist House
Artwork by Carolina Benedicks-Bruce and William Blair Bruce

Film clip
The Virgin Spring (Jungfrukällan), Ingmar Bergman, 1960

Special thanks to Helen Beltrame-Linné, Angelica Blomhage, Marco Marcon, Tom Mels, Freya Mitton, Anna Norberg, Hanna Wärff Radhe, Helena Selder, Julie Smith, Robin Smith, Dr. Gustaf Svedjemo, Soula Veyradier

Film på Gotland
Paola Ciliberto, Sandra Fröberg and Ville Jegerhjelm

An International Art Space commission for spaced 3: north by southeast
Produced with the support of Baltic Art Center