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Title

Cameraman

2011


Artist

Sam Smith

Australia

1980 -


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Berlin Germany


Date

2011


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


Artist information

Sam Smith

Works in the collection

2


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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.