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John Smith, The Girl Chewing Gum, (1976), film still

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John Smith, The Black Tower, (1985-87), film still

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John Smith, Associations, (1975), film still

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John Smith, OM, (1986), film still

John Smith Early Shorts

Monday 27 May 2013, 6.30pm
Filmhouse Cinema Edinburgh
88 Lothian Road, EH3 9BZ
Reduced ticket price of £5

To coincide with the exhibition It’s a Beautiful World Rhubaba presents a screening of British Filmaker John Smith’s early short films. The artists in the show and the films of John Smith share a contemplative and inquisitive sensibility, highlighting moments of mystery and wonder found within their immediate surroundings. This programme gathers together his earliest films including, The Girl Chewing Gum (1976) in which we encounter an overtly constructed narrative where even the pigeons find themselves directed.

Smith’s world is seen through a prism of humour, absurdity and easy-going but formally rich structures … it is through Smith’s fundamental humanism pervaded by sadness that art comes to offer its restorative power, whilst always remaining grounded in the world as we experience it.
– Michael O’Pray

Screening Order:
Associations (1975, 7min)
The Girl Chewing Gum (1976, 12min)
The Black Tower (1985-1987, 24min)
OM (1986, 4min)
Slow Glass (1988-1991, 40min)

Courtesy of Lux