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Title

Cameraman

2011

Artist

Sam Smith

Australia

1980 –

Alternate image of Cameraman by Sam Smith
Alternate image of Cameraman by Sam Smith
Alternate image of Cameraman by Sam Smith
Alternate image of Cameraman by Sam Smith
Alternate image of Cameraman by Sam Smith
Alternate image of Cameraman by Sam Smith
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Berlin Germany
    Date
    2011
    Media categories
    Time-based art , Installation
    Materials used
    super 8 film and 16mm film transferred to digital tape (HDCAM) shown as dual channel digital video, colour, sound
    Edition
    1/5
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:31:14 min, aspect ratio: 16:9
    Signature & date

    Signed u.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "Sam Smith". Not dated.

    Credit
    Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2011
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    308.2011.a-b
    Copyright
    © Sam Smith

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    Artist information
    Sam Smith

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Shot recently on location in Berlin, this two-channel video installation presents a curious sequence of events that take place between a film set, a cameraman's apartment and an artist's studio, involving a camera lens imbued with mystical qualities. One channel of the video conveys the action of the film set and its protagonists; the other interweaves the perspective of the film being shot – the 'film within the film'. For the viewer, the experience is one of traversing the realities of multiple screen-worlds, and registering the 'slippages' between them.

    Australian artist Sam Smith has long been interested in the capacity of moving images to manipulate our sense of time and space and to absorb viewers into fictitious realms. This project is the first time he has shot on celluloid film in addition to video, bringing a new dimension to his exploration of cinematic conventions in an era of digital production.

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Anneke Jaspers, Look, 'Sam Smith: Cameraman', pg. 28-29, Sydney, May 2011, 28, 29 (colour illus., video still).

    • Reuben Keehan., Sam Smith: cameraman, 'Operator, apparatus, image', Sydney, 2011. unpaginated. Article includes 9 colour illustrations.

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