Sam Smith


Notes on the Apparatus

Notes on the Apparatus is a live video essay performed as a stream of collaged audio-visual clips. It uses prepared film, video and image material to draw together reference points on cinematic language key to Smith's practice. The work was first performed at Old School #25, a curatorial project by Susana Pomba which presents series of unique one night events in Lisbon.

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Negatives and Inversion

Smith's new work Negatives and Inversion has been added to the website (see links below). The pieces are currently on show as part of the exhibition Frameworks at 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal. 

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+ Inversion


1 July 2013 – 16 June 2014


Künstlerhaus Bethanien

The Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin has selected Sam Smith as its 2013 recipient of the Visual Arts Board year long residency. Smith was selected from a shortlist which was recommended to the selection committee of the Kunstlerhaus by the Visual Arts Board.

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+ Australia Council announcement


29 September 2013, 18:30


Artist Without a Past

Sam Smith in conversation with curator Filipa Oliveira. The presentation at the Jardim de Inverno at the Teatro São Luiz, Lisbon, Portugal will cover Smith's artistic practive and include excerpts from previous work.

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+ Frameworks exhibition


19 September - 9 November 2013


Frameworks at 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon

For Frameworks, Smith will present a series of individual works completed in 2013. The film, video and sculptural objects explore several binary relationships: positive and negative form; two- and three-dimensional space; forward and backward gaze.


Through the use of mirrors, glass and the cinematographic apparatus the works in the exhibition disrupt and reconfigure the uniform framing of standard motion picture playback. Objects are given dimensionality within the image, architecture is expanded out from static television monitors and physical items are framed inside their own construction.

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14 September 2013, from 22 H


Old School #25

Sam Smith will premiere a new live video performance essay titled 'Notes on the Apparatus' at Old School #25. Old School is a series of unique events that presents the work of artists from Portugal and abroad. The series is organized by curator Susana Pomba.


Old School #25
Notes on the Apparatus
14 September 2013, 22H
Escola das Gaivotas (DNA)
Rua das Gaivotas 6, Lisbon, Portugal

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+ Facebook event


18 September 2013


Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Sam Smith will present new work as part of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien Open Studios. Many of the artists will open their doos between 19:00 - 22:00.

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20 Sep 2013, 8-10pm


Channel Surf at Federation Square, Melbourne

Smith's Reflex Compositions (2013) will play as part of Channel Surf, a one night outdoor screening event curated as part of Channels: Australian Video Art Festival.


Channels is a new international biennial festival based in Melbourne that will showcase contemporary video practice from Australia and around the world. In September 2013 Channels will host an eclectic and playful programme of screenings, performances, workshops and artist commissions designed to provoke curiosity and engagement amongst the arts and broader community.

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8 - 15 August 2013


Larger than Life at Konstnärshuset

The exhibition Larger than life relates in various ways to verticality. A pattern of movement where force meets force by gravity, falling, and depth. A pattern is built within the exhibition around a piece of Fulgurite, a form of petrified lightning that is borrowed from the Museum of Natural History in Stockholm.


Participating artists: Petra Axelsson (SWE); David Buckley (IRL); Karin Lindh (SWE); Sam Smith (AUS); Tobias Sjöberg (SWE); Morten Torgersrud (NOR)

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31 August – 22 September 2013


Finalist: Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2013

Sam Smith has been selected as a finalist for the Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2013


The exhibiton will present the work of 51 artists over two locations under the title Connexion Points: sites of exchange/types of exchange. The theme was developed in response to our relationships with each other and our surrounds, and how these interactions are affected by our built, technological and natural environments. It aims to generate awareness and foster discussion on the daily interactions and influences that shape local communities and beyond.


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