ACMI Intermix: Video Production and Performance

21 September, 6-7.30pm
Sam Smith Slow Fragmentation
Video still from Slow Fragmentation (2015) Single channel 4K video, 5:24 minutes Courtesy the artist and 3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal.

Sam Smith will present a talk about his creative process: from research to production, filmmaking to installation and performances.

Smith will take two recent projects as case studies: Form Variations (2014) a single channel video installation exhibited at Künstlerhaus (Berlin) and The Royal Standard (Liverpool); and NOTES (2013-2015) a series of video essay performances initiated in Lisbon in 2013 and subsequently presented at the ICA (London); KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin); and De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam).

During the talk he will discuss the difference and similarities between the production methods for each work, including how each mode presents a unique way of translating threads of research. The talk will cover his experiences working with a film crew, directing actors and editing for single screen projection versus the unfixed nature of dealing with sampled material and the computer desktop as a performance site. Floor discussions will follow the talk, where the audience will be invited to participate in an engaging conversation with the artist.

Intermix is ACMI’s program for young people aged 15–25. Register by emailing