FOKUS is Denmark’s largest video art festival, taking place at Nikolaj Kunsthal and selected venues in Copenhagen and arranged by Nikolaj Kunsthal in co-operation with a number of artists, organisations and other festivals.
Nikolaj Kunsthal presents a curated programme of video works by notable international names as well as by up-and-coming budding talents, along with the works submitted for the popular and prestigious open call competition. To supplement this, there is a programme of events and talks, and the Festival tries out new technological platforms. In co-operation with various external partners, FOKUS also features video art events in many parts of Copenhagen.
Compiled by Shane Anderson, derek bealieu, Ida Bencke, Isabel Carvalho, Ann Cotten, Lars Mørch Finborud, Adam Fearon, FuchsBorst, John Holten, Katie Holten, Eduardo Kac, Hanne Lippard, Stine Marie Jacobsen, Filippa Petterson, Antoine Renard, Cia Rinne, Lorenzo Sandoval, Sam Smith, Oliver Spieker, Jon Ståle Ritland, Morten Søndergaard et al…
Books shape existence: some have been the teachers of our pasts, some have set the stage for how we have come to perceive our present, and some will be the guides to our future(s). There are the old, worn books we have read over and over throughout life; the books we wish we’d read and then there are all the potential, hypothetical books - the ones we dream about holding in our hands, and then there also those ones we can only hope will never materialize, those books of nightmares, impossible books.
For the opening of the new Büro BDP we have asked former and future collaborators to contribute to a generative library, a collective curriculum for the past and future practices of BDP, the books that have and will guide us through our future. The range is telling, from the old and manhandled to the paperless PDF, the school book that offered clandestine secrets to active assistants in current research projects. With this opening gesture, we hope to establish Büro BDP as an active space for book research, publishing and indeed reading.
As part of KW's THE PERFORMATIVE MINUTE series, London-based Sam Smith presents NOTES (2014), a live video essay performance in which a constellation of poor images are brought together into a stream of collaged audio-visual vignettes. Fragmented scenes draw together key reference points from Smith’s practice including the mediation of object via the camera eye’s flattening gaze; the cinematic framing of landscape; and, through architecture, an audience’s complicity in the projection image.
For KW's Chora, Smith incorporates targeted satellite imagery, text overlays and subtle software interventions to open up new connections inside his shifting archive of sampled material. From a central computer, the combination of data is beamed onto a site-specific architectural screen, where layered surfaces push rectilinear footage into three-dimensional relationships. By deploying the windowed environment of the Mac operating system, and re-purposing the functionality for which it was created, the artist constitutes a post-cinema, hyperlinked apparatus.
Venue: Chora, 3 € (English)
Sam Smith’s 'Form Variations' (2014) will screen as part of 'CONDITION HUMAINE’ at Les Rencontres Internationales. The annual festival of new cinema and contemporary art will be held in Paris from the 1st to 7th of December 2014 at the Gaîté Lyrique and other venues. It will offer 7 days of discovery and reflection focused on contemporary moving image practices. In the presence of artists and filmmakers from all over the world, it will show a rare international programme.
As an adjunct to Sam Smith’s exhibition ‘Frames of Reference’ at The Royal Standard, the artist will present a one night performance of ‘Notes on the Apparatus’ (2013-).
Continuing The Royal Standard’s current theme of research, the work is a live video essay that takes the form of 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.
Sam Smith has been announced as a grant recipient from The Ian Potter Cultural Trust to undertake an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London.
Please join us for a drink this Monday July 14th to celebrate the publication of Australian artist Sam Smith’s first dedicated monograph.
Mittelweg 50, 12053 Berlin, Germany
In his first dedicated monograph Australian artist Sam Smith draws together a number of recent artistic projects accompanied by written contributions from Post Brothers and Jan Verwoert. With a holistic design formulated by the artist, Frames of Reference presents an in depth documentation of his 2014 video installation Form Variations, substantial analysis of past projects and new image work devised specifically for the publication.
Frames of Reference
Texts by Post Brothers and Jan Verwoert
128 pages, 28 full colour pages, softcover with French flaps
A Broken Dimanche Press and Künstlerhaus Bethanien publication.
Purchase the book through the Broken Dinamche Press link below.
Sam Smith has been selected by online video platform Vdrome to perform Notes on the Apparatus, a live video essay that takes the form of 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 Smiths practice.
Vdrome is an online platform that offers regular, high quality screenings of films and videos directed by visual artists and filmmakers, whose production lies in-between contemporary art and cinema. Each screening is presented during a limited period, as in a movie theatre. Vdrome makes available a program of exceptional artists' films and videos that are selected due to their importance, quality and innovative strength, many of which are only shown in the context of film festivals, exhibitions or specific surveys, being therefore of very limited access. Vdrome is an initiative conceived and promoted by Mousse with curators Edoardo Bonaspetti, Jens Hoffmann, Andrea Lissoni and Filipa Ramos.
The trailer for Smith's exhibition at The Royal Standard in August is now online. Watch it below: