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John Smith bibliography

Exhibition catalogues:

'A Perspective on English Avant-Garde Film', Arts Council/ British Council 1978. Buy from
'The Other Side: European Avant-Garde Cinema 1960-80', American Federation of Arts 1983.
'The British Art Show', Exhibition catalogue, Orbis/Arts Council, 1984.
'The Elusive Sign: British Avant-Garde Film and Video 1977-87', Arts Council/ British Council 1988.
London Film-Makers Co-Op Distribution catalogue 1993.
'A Directory of British Film and Video Artists', Arts Council/ University of Luton Press 1995.
'Art and Design Research Catalogue', University of East London 1997.
London Electronic Arts Distribution Catalogue 1997
'XXXIV Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema', Festival catalogue, Edrice Il Castoro 1998.
'In Person: John Smith', Sixpack Film & Austria Filmmakers Co-Op Programme 1999.
'Minor Adjustments: UK/ Canadian Video Exchange', 2000
'Live in Your Head: Concept and Experiment in Britain 1965-1977', Whitechapel Gallery, London 2000
'John Smith: Compilation 1 & 2', Notes for retrospective screenings, Nova Cinema, Brussels, April/ May 2001 Programme and online at
'Focus on John Smith' in 'Cork International Film Festival Catalogue', Ireland 2001
'John Smith Retrospective'. 48th International Short Film Festival Catalogue, Oberhausen 2002
"John Smith Retrospective" Tampere 33rd International Short Film Festival Catalogue 2003


Nicky Childs & Jeni Walwin, (Eds.) 'A Split Second of Paradise: Live Art, Installation and Performance', Rivers Oram Press 1998 Buy from
Eileen Elsey & Andrew Kelly, 'In Short: A Guide to Short Filmmaking in the Digital Age', British Film Institute 2002
Michael O'Pray (ed.) 'The British Avant-Garde Film', Arts Council/ University of Luton Press 1996. Buy from
AL Rees, 'A History of Experimental Film and Video', British Film Institute 1999.
Kristin Thompson & David Bordwell, 'Film History: An Introduction', McGraw Hill, 1994.
Nina Danino and Michael Maziere (Eds.) 'John Smith's Films: Reading the Visible', The Undercut Reader - Critical Writings on Artists' Film and Video, Wallflower Press 2002.
'John Smith Film and Video Works 1972-2002, Picture This Moving Image and Watershed Media Centre 2002. Buy from
Michael O'Pray, 'Avant-Garde Film Forms, Themes and Passions', Wallflower Press 2003, ISBN 1-903364-56-6 Buy from
Nicky Hamlyn, 'Film Art Phenomena', British Film Institute 2003, ISBN 0-85170-972-9 Buy from

Articles on John Smith:

Michael Maziere, 'John Smith's Films: Reading the Visible', Undercut magazine issue 10/11 1983/4.
Penny Webb, 'Meshes of the Weekend', 'Agenda' magazine, issue 30/31. Australia, 1992.
Housewatch, 'Conservatory Artists' Newsletter, January 1998
Michelle Williams. 'Remember My Name: John Smith', The Illustrated Ape Magazine issue 9, 2000.
Fred Camper. 'Pushed to the Limit: Films and Videos by John Smith', Chicago Reader, 7/9/2001 and online at
Iain Sinclair, 'Unreal Visions', The Guardian (17/5/03)

Texts by John Smith:

'Fortuna' and 'Heckles and Hackles': In 'Brought to Book', Ian Breakwell & Paul Hammond (Eds.) Penguin 1994.
John Smith, 'Real Fiction'. PhD Thesis, University of London 1997


'Trespassing Beyond the Frame: John Smith Talking Film with Cate Elwes' in 'Filmwaves' magazine issue 15 autumn 2001
'Mr Smith' Interview with Brian Frye in 'Film West' magazine issue 46 Winter 2001
'John Smith' Interview with Brian Frye. Millennium Film Journal, issue 39/40, USA 2003

Web Links

'John Smith' Interview with Brian Frye. Millennium Film Journal issue 39/40 (USA 2003)

'On the Street where You Live: The Films of John Smith', Adrian Danks, Senses of Cinema online magazine (Issue 29, 2003)

'Pushed to the Limit - Films and videos by John Smith', Fred Camper, Chicago Reader (7/9/2001)

'Om - From Monk to Skinhead in Three Minutes', Review (in German)of John Smith's films on 3sat Television by Florian Krautkrämer, Cinetramp online magazine, September 2004.

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