Slow Fragmentation

18 - 27 September, 12-6pm daily
Channels Festival 2019
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.

A new video installation by Sam Smith(UK/AUS) that explores modern screen culture using the tradition of pre-internet cinema.

Slow Fragmentation* uses the formal and social language of pre-internet cinema as a filter to examine contemporary screen culture.

Through use of installation, physical structures and video, Smith interrogates off-screen space and additional screens that mask, contain and enclose us. Smith re-documents the sites and grounds found in Alain Resnais’ Last Year at Marienbad (1961) with computer generated 3D elements that reconfigure and reinterpret the film’s sets.

Slow Fragmentation is presented by Channels in association with Screen Space.

*Slow Fragmentation takes its title from “#ACCELERATE MANIFESTO for an Accelerationist Politics”, Nick Srnieck and Alex Williams, May 14, 2013, par 23.

Join us for the opening at the Festival Launch on 17 September, 6-8pm.

Sam Smith lives and works in London. Recent solo projects include ‘The Performative Minute’ at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; ‘Notes on the Apparatus’ at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London which was selected by Vdrome for the Artists’ Film Biennial; ‘Frames of Reference’ at The Royal Standard as part of their Liverpool Biennial programme; and ‘Form Variations’ at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (all 2014).

He participated in ‘Your Time Is Not My Time’ at De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2015); ‘TOMROM’ at Sandefjord Kunstforening and Larvik Kunstforening, Norway; ‘this place is really nowhere’ at Jupiter Woods, London; and ‘How far is here’ at MAGO, Norway (all 2015). He was selected for ‘FOKUS 2015’ at Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (2015) and ‘Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid’ (2014-2015). From July 2013 to June 2014 he was part of the International Studio Programme at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

Screen Space