For the opening of D-A-M-A, Sam Smith with perform E.1027 followed by a presentation of The Horizontal Window as part of the live proogramme SMOKE AND MIRRORS
curated by João Laia.
2-5 NOVEMBER 2017
Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Via Bligny 2, 10122 Turin, Italy
Fireflies is a print film magazine created between Berlin and Melbourne. Each issue assembles an international group of writers and visual artists to celebrate the work of two extraordinary filmmakers through personal essays, interviews and creative responses.
Sam Smith will undertake a multi-stage residency at Baltic Art Center in Visby, Sweden as part of the Spaced 3: north by southeast programme run by International Art Space
Spaced 3: north by southeast is a program centred on an artists’ exchange between Nordic and Australian visual artists. The program will span three years (2016-18) and constitute the core of the third iteration of spaced, a recurring international program of context-responsive art, presented by International Art Space (IAS).
Spaced 3: north by southeast will comprise 12 residency-based projects that will take place in regional, remote and outer-urban locations in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and Western Australia. Nordic artists will undertake their residencies in Western Australia, whilst Australian artists will be placed in the Nordic region. These residencies are positioned as the means to develop new works that will be created by each artist in response to their engagement with the social, environmental and historical contexts of the host communities.
Assembly Point is pleased to launch 'Here the Sun does not enter', a new 104 page publication produced by Sam Smith and Andrea Zucchini following their exhibition at the gallery in September 2016. The book features newly commissioned texts and image essays.
Contributions from Nella Aarne, Hanna Laura Kaljo, Karen Kramer, Emily Rosamond, Lisa Radon, Sam Smith and Andrea Zucchini.
7:30pm - E.1027 video performance by Sam Smith
E.1027 is based on the complex history and imagined future of Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray’s eponymous villa. The building is framed as a vibrant entity, alive with the resonances of past events, a sentient narrator of the histories of companionship, obsession, murder and destruction etched within it's material structure.
A Circuit presents a group of interlocking works that circle around two Modernist villas
built in the 1920s: Le Corbusier's Villa Le Lac (1923-24) and Eileen Gray's E.1027 (1926-29). The video and sculptural works dissect components from the architecture of both waterside houses, utilizing their plans as a means of uncovering the design convergences and history of conflict between the two creators.
E.1027 is a new live video performance developed for Whitechapel Gallery by London-based artist Sam Smith. The work is based on the complex history and imagined future of Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray’s eponymous villa, which is framed as a vibrant entity, alive with the resonances of past events. The history of conflict etched within the building’s material structure plays out in episodes of companionship, obsession, murder and destruction.
Smith uses the computer desktop as a staging tool for the performance, interweaving fleeting collages of original and archival moving images mixed with a live script, recorded dialogue and music.
In the temple architecture the main room stands at a considerable distance from the garden; so dilute is the light there that no matter what the season, on fair days or cloudy, morning, midday, or evening, the pale, white glow scarcely varies.
[here the sun does not enter] brings forth an ambience reminiscent of shadows dwelling in quiet alcoves. The exhibition arises from a thoughtful collaboration between two artists, whose distinctive practices become temporarily interwoven within gestures of appropriation, abstraction and inscription. It stages artefacts, extracts and combinations of data from the ancient or recent past; yet as in a moment of reverie, the preceding, the present and the projected lie folded, intimately touching.
Read the full text by Hanna Laura Kaljo here: assemblypoint.xyz