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