Sam Smith


The Royal Standard: Liverpool Biennial 2014 programme

For Liverpool Biennial 2014 The Royal Standard presents three consecutive solo exhibitions of new work by Rob Chavasse (UK), Sam Smith (AU) and Joey Holder (UK) over a 16 week period. The exhibitions will explore different approaches to research in artistic practice, continuing what will be a year long focus on research for The Royal Standard. The three artists have been selected for their forward thinking ideas and techniques which will assist The Royal Standard in finding new avenues for the future development of the organization


Each artist has undertaken a period of research which will continue to develop throughout both their exhibition and the public programme. The three exhibitions will explore different approaches to research, opening up a conversation around of the role of research both within practice and within the process of exhibition making. This is a dialogue The Royal Standard will continue to develop throughout it’s 2014/15 programme.


Following the expansion of The Royal Standard into a neighboring building in 2013, Liverpool Biennial 2014 will see the programme use both spaces for the first time with the use of the original royal standard gallery and introducing the recently refurbished gallery in the newly acquired building. The exhibitions will be accompanied by an ambitious public programme that will enable the artists to continue research initiated through the exhibition process.

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22 May 2014, 18:00


The Royal Standard introduces Biennial 2014 programme

The Royal Standard presents its Biennial 2014 programme with talks and a panel discussion from contributing artists Rob Chavasse (UK), Sam Smith (AU) and Joey Holder (UK). A great chance to learn more about our exciting and diverse Biennial programme and hear from the artists first hand about their upcoming projects at The Royal Standard.


Thursday 22 May, 18:00

Fredericks, Hope Street, Liverpool

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7 May 2014, 19:30H


The Double Bill With No Past at The Royal Standard, Liverpool

A back-to-back film screening exploring alternative approaches to narrating memory and experience: Aki Kaurismäki’s (FI) 'The Man Without A Past', 2002, followed by Sam Smith’s (AU) 'The Film Without A Past', 2012.


Part of The Royal Standard’s Testing Bed programme that continues to explore the focus on research in 2014. This six week series of experimental live events, performances and screenings is aimed at creating a body of research that will shape the future programme of the gallery. Working with a selection of international artists known for their innovation and experimentation, The Royal Standard presents a rich programme spanning across various disciplines, artistic mediums and socio-political concerns.


The Man Without A Past is the second part of Kaurismäki’s ‘Finland’ trilogy, of which Jim Jarmusch said “it’s sad enough to make you laugh, and funny enough to make you cry.” The film follows a man who, upon arriving in Helsinki, is severly beaten up resulting in him developing amnesia and being unable to remember anything from his past life.


For The Film Without A Past, artist Sam Smith takes Kaurismäki’s film, directly sampling it but stripping it of its original images, distorting its identity to focus more on its soundtrack. The remaining audio becomes the anchor for a new visual system that builds a montage language from association, retracing and expanding the streets, bars and façades of Kaurismäki's nostalgic Helsinki.

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16 May - 5 July 2014


Conquest of Space at COFA Galleries, Sydney

Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art reveals previously unexplored intersections between science fiction (SF) and art. Science fiction and art have long been connected by a set of related interests such as technology and formal expressions.


Science fiction in its most popular manifestations, such as literature and cinema, expresses cultural anxieties and desires through a set of concepts, tropes and themes shared with the visual arts.


The exhibition features more than 40 artworks exploring important stories in the history of the science fiction genre.


This multi-faceted project is presented in partnership with ABC TV, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the College of Fine Arts, UNSW; and is led by the exhibition curator, documentary host and COFA lecturer, Dr Andrew Frost.

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10 - 24 May 2014


Oblivion at Zweigstelle Berlin

Group exhibition with:

Anne Duk Hee Jordan, Jacob Kirkegaard, Luke Munn, Virginie Rebetez and Sam Smith

Curated by Elisa Rusca


Opening : 9th May, 19h00, Zweigstelle Berlin

During the opening night will be presented the exhibition's book "Oblio", edited by Broken Dimanche Press, with texts by prof. Jean-François Démonet, Rebecca Howard, Charlotte Lalou Rousseau, Elisa Rusca, Craig Schüftan, Vincent Surmont

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6 - 30 March 2014


Form Variations at Künstlerhaus Bethanien

For his exhibition at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Sam Smith presents the new video installation titled Form Variations (2014). Encompassing video, sculpture and architectural elements, the project looks at the relationship of the human figure to sculptural form, and more specifically how they are framed within the cinematic lens.


25 Feb - 10 May 2014


Scanlines - remix

Presented by dLux Media Arts

Curated by Sarah Vandepeer


With work by:

Fabian Astore, Denis Beaubois, Hayley Forward & Jess Olivieri, Ray Harris, Sue Healey, Neil Jenkins, Laresa Kosloff, Tony Lawrence, Dani Marti, Kate Murphy, James Newitt, Sam Smith, Gary Willis & Eva Schramm, Paul Winkler.



23 January, 19 - 22H


Open studios at Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Sam Smith will open his current studio at Künstlerhaus Bethanien presenting a sample of current projects.

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22 - 28 January 2014


Online / Offline. Encoding Everyday Life for Vorspeil Transmediale

Sam Smith presents a new generative video work titled 'Frames of Reference' for the latest iteration of the Online / Offline exhibition. 


With: Constant Dullaart, Jodi, Nuria Güell, Sophia Le Fraga, Lindsay Lawson, Eilis Macdonald, Sam Smith and Kandis Williams.

Curated by Lorenzo Sandoval.

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5 - 7 December 2013


As Everything Moves

This exhibition intends to stress the role of the curator as translator by exploring how a shift of approach can uncover and expand the layers within artworks.


In its most basic sense, translation is the conversion of something from one language to another. The translated outcome attempts to maintain the essence of the original, yet inevitably takes on a life of its own. The process of translation implies multiple readings of the same subject, object or concept. This notion is transferable to the art field: it involves actions of repetition, deconstruction, reconfiguration and systematization. Each of these topics recurs within the practice of the five artists in the exhibition: Andrea Canepa, Saskia Noor van Imhoff, Jacob Kirkegaard, Maria Lucrezia Schiavarelli and Sam Smith. Non-art objects related to each topic will act as positions from which to approach the works, highlighting different aspects within each artist’s practice.


Opening and publication launch: 5th December 2013, 18 - 22hr
Exhibition: 6th / 7th December, 12 - 18hr
At: Meinblau e.V.

Christinenstr. 18.19

10119 Berlin


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