Selected Works

John Smith, Steve Hates Fish, 2015, HD video, colour, sound, 4 mins
John Smith, White Hole, 2014, HD video, B&W, sound, 7 mins
John Smith, Dad’s Stick, 2012, HD video, colour, sound, 5 mins
John Smith, The Man Phoning Mum, 2011, HD video, 12 mins, colour, sound
John Smith, Flag Mountain, 2010, HD video, 8 mins, colour, sound
John Smith, Hotel Diaries, 2001-2007, series of seven SD video works, 82 mins, colour, sound
John Smith, Worst Case Scenario, 2001-2003, SD video from 35mm stills, 18 mins, b&w, colour, sound
John Smith, Lost Sound, 1998-2001, SD video, 28 mins, colour, sound, collaboration with Graeme Miller
John Smith, The Kiss, 1999, SD video from 16mm, 5 mins, colour, sound, collaboration with Ian Bourn
John Smith, The Black Tower, 1985-87, 16mm, 24 mins, colour, sound
John Smith, Om, 1986, 16mm, sound, colour, 4 mins
John Smith, Shepherd's Delight - an analysis of humour, 1980-84, 16mm, 35 mins, colour, sound
John Smith, Hackney Marshes – November 4th 1977, 1977, 16mm, 15 mins, colour, silent
John Smith, The Girl Chewing Gum, 1976, 16mm, 12 mins, B/W, sound
John Smith, Associations, 1975, 16mm film transferred to video, colour, sound, 7 mins



Born 1952 in Walthamstow, London, lives and works in London
2020 S.O.S, Recent Films by John Smith, Kate MacGarry, London
2019 John Smith: The Girl Chewing Gum, Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia
2017 Film in Sheep’s Clothing, Alma Zevi, Venice, Italy
John Smith: Dad’s Stick, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany
The Man Girl Phoning Chewing Mum Gum, Berlin, Germany
2016 The Girl Chewing Gum, LOOK Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
John Smith, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
John Smith: Hotel Diaries, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
Sign Language, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany
 2015 John Smith: Is it True, Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany
Synchronicity: John Smith, Vita Kuben, Umea, Sweden
Frames: John Smith, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg Unlimited: John Smith, Freiburg, Germany
The Girl Chewing Gum, Hauberk Foundation, Berlin, Germany
Dad’s Stick, Suburban PS, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2014 White Hole, Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Le Baiser,  Centre d’Art Contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec, Paris, France
The Black Tower, Lulu, Mexico City, Mexico
The Girl Chewing Gum, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
John Smith, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury Christ Church University, Australia
2013 Associations, Figge von Rosen Gallery, Cologne
The Girl Chewing Gum, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporanea, Lisbon, Portugal
Object Lessons,, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
2012 The Black Tower, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK
Horizon (Five Pounds a Belgian), Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK
The Girl Chewing Gum, Le Bal, Paris, France
Bildstörung, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
Slow Glass, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany
Hotel Diaries, Grand Hotel Atlantic, Bremen, Germany
Worst Case Scenario, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
2011 John Smith: Short Films, Uppsala Art Museum, Sweden
unusual Red cardigan, PEER, London, UK
Art Feature: John Smith, Art Basel
John Smith, Espace Croisé, Roubaix, France
The Girl Chewing Gum, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
The World Seems A long Way Away, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Lost Sound, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Mossouri, USA
2010 Accident, Kunstbunker, Nuremberg, Germany
The Offset, Aside, But (Part 4), Kunstsaele, Berlin, Germany
Flag Mountain / Black Tower, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany
Worst Case Scenario, Gallery 210, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
John Smith: Solo Show, Royal College of Art Galleries, London
I’m Lying, I Promise, Sala Diaz Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A
2006 John Smith – Selected Films and Videos, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Hotel Diaries – Video Diaries by John Smith, South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Ireland
2005 John Smith: London and Other Worlds, Kunstmuseum Magdeberg, Germany
2004 The Black Tower, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK
The Kiss, AVA Gallery, University of East London, UK
2003 Black and White Lies, Open Eye, Liverpool, UK
John Smith, Pearl Gallery, London, UK
The Girl Chewing Gum, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
2019 Migrating Worlds: the Art of the Moving Image in Britain, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Face it! Im Selbstgespräch mit dem Anderen, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg, Germany
The Annotated Reader (a project by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P. Watts), The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh City Prince/sses, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
As Seen on Screen: Art and Cinema, Walker Art Gallery Liverpool
Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK
Double Takes: Historic and Contemporary Film and Video, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, USA
As seen on Screen: Art and Cinema, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
Kate MacGarry at Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
City Prince/sses, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
The Annotated Reader, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Face it! Im Im Selbstgespräch mit dem Anderen, Kunstmuseum, Ravensburg, Germany
The Smiths, Marlborough Gallery, London, UK
Migrating Worlds: the Art of the Moving Image in Britain, Yale Centre for British Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
2018 Otras Luces, Festival of Moving Images, Pamplona, Spain
The Annotated Reader, (a project by Ryan Gander and Jonathan P Watts),
Cork Street Galleries, London, UK
Hunter of Worlds, Curated by Elise Lammer, SALTS, Basel, Switzerland
Nothing Will Be As Before: Ten Years of Tanya Leighton, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany
Somewhere in Between, Bozar Arts Centre, Brussels, Belgium
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
Film London Jarman Award: A Journey Through the First Decade, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
Kapwani Kiwanga: a wall is just a wall (and nothing more at all), Esker Foundation, Calgary, Canada
Case Tomada, San Pedro de los Pinos, Mexico City, Mexico
Journeys with The Waste Land, Turner Contemporary, Margate, England
Marcia Farquhar – DIFFIKUAT, CGP Gallery, London, UK
2017 Fifteen, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11, Imperial War Museum, London, UK
Legacies: JMW Turner and Contemporary Art Practice, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
The Image of War, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
The Opposing Shore, 7th Moscow Biennial for Contemporary Art, CCI Fabric, Moscow, Russia
The Laughable Enigma of the Ordinary, ARQUIPÉLAGO Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Azores, Portugal
Who are You? That’s You!, Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Sammlung Pronghorn, Heidelberg, Germany
Poetic and Political, Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
The Still Point of the Turning World: Between Film and Photography, FOMU Museum of Photography, Antwerp, Belgium
After the Fact: Propaganda in the 21st Century, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
Offshore: Artists Explore the Sea, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, UK
ArtBAB, International Art Fair, Bahrain
Make Truth Great Again, Jousse Entreprise Gallery, Paris, France
You Are Here, West, The Hague, Netherlands
Strangelove, International Time Based Arts Festival Folkestone, UK
Tilting at Windmills, ROBERTA, Frankfurt, Germany
Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK
New and recent acquisitions from the Grundy Collection, Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK
Kunstler Messe Dresden,  Dresden, Germany
Capri by Night, Schauspiel, Cologne, Germany
The Big Picture Show: Performing for the Camera, Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland
2016 Historicode: Scarcity and Supply, Nanjing International Art Festival, Baijia Lake Museum, Nanjing, China, 2016
The Scientific Method, The Tetley, Leeds, UK
LonDADA Festival of Dadaism, Cinema Museum, London, UK
Found, The Foundling Museum, London
Double Act: Art and Comedy, Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast
Shoot Shoot Shoot: The London Film-Maker Co-operative 1966-1976, Tate Britain, London, UK
Why is it Always December?, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown Accidental Encounters, Wimbledon Space, London Time after Time, Momentum, Berlin, Germany
2015 Essex Road II, TINTYPE Gallery, London, UK
Obsolescence – or the post nostalgic use of journalistic imagery, RCA Dyson Gallery, London, UK
Welcome to the Jungle, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Reading TV, Svarta Hålet, Stockholm The Fall, Rodeo, Istanbul, Turkey
The Fall, Rodeo, Istanbul, Turkey
The Short Form, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada
Akakor Galeria Baro, São Paulo, Brazil
Ground: Paul Housley and John Smith, Attic, Nottingham, UK
Idiot Box, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London, UK
Sunday in the Park with Ed, Display gallery, London, UK
Drawing Biennial, Drawing Room, London, UK
Theatres, International Arts Festival, Western Australian Museum, Perth, Australia
The Presence of Absence, Berlin Gallery, London, UK
2014 Love Among the Artists: A Project by Laure Provost, Walden Affairs, The Hague, Netherlands
Indeterminacy, Large Glass Gallery, London, UK
37 Pieces of Flair, The Newbridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
The Reluctant Narrator, Berardo Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon
Key Frames: Contemporary Artists’ Animations, Neuberg Museum of Art, New York, USA
Interior, Modern Art, London, UK
Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK
The Surface of the World, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines
Test Run, Modern Art, Oxford, UK
Oh, My Complex: On Unease at Beholding the City, Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia
Invocable Reality, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona
7 Raumthesen, Rotwand Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland
Le Corbeau et le Renard: Revolt of Language with Marcel Broodthaers, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
For as Long as You Like, Gaudel de Stampa, Paris, France
Words as Doors: In Language, Art, Film, Kunstlerhaus, Graz, Austria
Echte Gefühle: Denken im Film, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Real Emotions: Thinking in Film, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Tribute to an Avenue, Sculpture International, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2013 Trapping Lions in the Scottish Highlands, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado, USA
New Humans, Bureau, New York, USA
Sound Versus System, Kunsthall Oslo, Norway
Detached Activists – Engaged Observers, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture, Paris, France
Bonjour tristesse, désir, ennui, appétit, plaisir, La Galerie, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec, France
It’s a Beautiful World, Rhubaba Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
Estuary, Museum of London Docklands
DLA Piper: Constellations, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
Shortcuts and Disgressions, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Norwich, UK
Protest, Corn Exchange, Newbury, UK
None the Wiser, Hessel Museum of Art, New York
Six Memos for the Next…, Magazine 4, Bregenzer Kunstverein, Austria
Großzügige Sachzuwendung, Dorothea Schleuder Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
Tape-Salad: Record, Rewind, Play, Stop, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
The Glass Show, Jonathan Viner, London, UK
How to Tell a Story, DEPO, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 Desire Lines, Espai, Barcelona, Spain
The Perfect Place to Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art, RCA Galleries, London, UK
Screen / Play, Guyancourt Exhibiton Hall, France
PVM2130, Furnished Art Fair, London, UK
Frieze Film, Frieze Art Fair, London
Chekhov’s Gun, g39, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Dawn Chorus: New acquisitions for the Arts Council Collection, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
Steinberg, Saul. The New Yorker. New York, 1945-2000, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable, Kent, UK
People on Sunday, IBID, London, UK
Peculiar Form of Fiction, Site Gallery and S1 Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
Image Counter Image, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Oh My Complex: On Unease at Beholding the City, Württembergische, Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
Locus Solus: Impressions of Raymond Roussel, Serralves Museum, Porto, Portugal
As Slow as Possible, AV Festival, Sunderland, UK
Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco
Descriptive Acts, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Time Capsules, Maison des Arts, Malakoff, USA
2011 Two Thousand Eleven, Hong Kong, China
Lightwriting, Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield, UK
Frames and Documents: Conceptualist Practices, Selections from Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, Miami, U.S.A
According to Foreign Sources, Israeli Centre for Digital Art, Holon, Israel
Periodical Review, Pallas Projects, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
John Smith with John Berger, Black Audio Film Collective, Peter Watkins, GB Agency, Paris, France
Locus Solus: Impressions of Raymond Roussel, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid
The Talent Show, USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, USA
Margins: Walking Between Worlds, Art Exchange, Colchester, UK
The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds after 1989, ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art, Karlsruhe, Germany
Dark, CoExist Galleries, Southend, England Backstage Riders, Tagesspiegelgebäude, Berlin, Germany
Backstage Riders, Tagesspiegelgebäude, Berlin, Germany
Genius Without Talent, De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Super 8, Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
A Form Is Simply Something Which Allows Something Else To Be Transported From One Site To Another, Murray Guy Gallery, New York, USA
Has the Film Already Started? Tate Britain, London, UK
Feature, Art 42 Basel, Switzerland
Neighbo(u)rhood, Mattres Factory, Pittsburg The Talent Show, MoMa PS1, New York, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
The Talent Show, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Drawing 2011, The Drawing Room, London, UK
The Pdestrians, South London Gallery, London, UK
Serious Games: War – Media – Art, Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt
Animal Kingdom – there was an old lady who…, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, Germany
Independant Art Fair, New York, U.S.A / Un Nouveau Festival, Aether Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Un Nouveau Festival / Aether, Espace 315, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Elastic Frames, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK
The Talent Show, MoMA PS1, New York, USA
2010 Atlas: Truths, Details, Intervals and the Afterlives of the Image, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
lightwriting, Banner Repeater, Hackney Downs Railway Station, London, UK
Alternatives to Memories, Gallerie Art & Essai, Rennes, France
AS SO CI ATIONS, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
A Million and One Days, International Exhibition of Film & Video Art
Lithuanian National Gallery of Art, Vilnius, Lithuania
light writing, Window Gallery, Central Saint Martins School of Art, London, UK
I Must Say That At First It Was Difficult Work, Kunsthall Oslo, Norway
TBA Festival, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Oregon, USA
6th Berlin Biennial, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
Session 8 – Video, Am Nuden Da, London Mulberry Tree Press, SE8 Gallery, London, UK
Mulberry Tree Press, SE8 Gallery, London, UK
Nothing is in the Place, Photo Month, Krakow, Poland
The Talent Show, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA
What If, Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, London, UK
Atlas: Truths, Details, Intervals and the Afterlives of the Image, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva
A Million and One Days, Lithuanian National Gallery of Art, Vilnius
After Architects, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland
Work Force, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK,
The Armoury Show – Focus: Berlin, New York, USA
A Very, Very Long Cat, Wallspace Gallery, New York Associations, Arcade Gallery, London, UK
Associations, Arcade Gallery, London, UK
La Otra, Contemporary Art Fair, Bogota, Columbia
Z33 Art Centre, Hasselt, Belgium
2009 Beneath the Surface/Hidden Place, Dick Institute, Kilmarnock, UK
Der Schnitt durch die Oberfläche legt neue Oberflächen frei (The cut through the surfaces reveals new surfaces) – curated by Max Mayer and Hans-Jürgen Hafner, Temporary Gallery, Cologne Summer Show (curated by Richard Wilson), Royal Academy, London, UK
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
Highlights from the Cologne Kunst Film Biennale in Berlin, KW Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berlin, Germany
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK
2008 Smoke, Pump House Gallery, London, UK
Hotel MariaKapel, A Portrait by Katie Jane, Hotel MariaKapel, Hoorn, Netherlands
September Show, Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany
Xcentric, Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Spain
Travels, The Tate Triennal Prologue, Tate Britain, London, UK
ICO Essentials: The Secret Masterpieces of Cinema, Touring program launched at Tate Modern, London, UK
Displaced Sounds, STUK Arts Centre, Leuven, Belgium
Rooftop Cinema, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin, USA
Real Fiction, Ausstellungshalle, Munich, Germany
2007 Persona Non Grata, One in the Other Gallery, London, UK
In the poem about love you don’t write the word love, Institute of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
Pathogeographies (Or Other People’s Baggage), Gallery 400, Chicago, USA
Autonomous Series, Campbell Works, London, UK
Histoire d’en Rire, Documentaire sur Grand Ecran, Paris, France
Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2006 A noir, E Blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu – Farben, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany
A Step in the Right Direction, Gallery Holtegaard, Copenhagen, Denmark,
In the poem about love you don’t write the word love, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, 2005, Artists’ Space, New York, 2006, Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis
Luz Y Tiempo: Cine Experimental Y Videoarte Britanico, La Enana Marron, Madrid Public Utilities, South London Gallery, London, UK
The Atlas Group (1990-2004). A Project by Walid Raad, Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
I Love Art Viedo, Museum of Modern Art, Strasbourg, France
Smoke and Mirrors, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham, UK
A Cinema of Physics and Perception, Block Museum of Art, Chicago, USA
Transvision, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
A Step in the Right Direction, Gallery Holtegaard, Holte, Denmark
2005 Art Futures, Bloomberg Space, London, UK
Cine y Casi Cine, Museo Nacional Centro de Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
In the Poem About Love You Don’t Write the Word Love, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UK, ARGOS and Musée du Cinéma, Brussels (traveled to: Artists Space, New York, Midway Contemporary Arts, OVEREATEN-Institut for Samtidskunst, Copenhagen, Denmark)
Microwave, International Media Art Festival, Hong Kong, China
Home Made, 291 Gallery, London, UK
National Gallery, London, UK
So Klappt’s, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
Time: Base: Behaviour, Boley Gallery, Kansas City, USA
2004 Exposure, Candid Arts, London, UK
Art Toung, Saint Martin le Vinoux, France
Moving Image, ICA, London Across Borders: Documentary, Diaspora and the Moving Image, Tate Modern, London, UK
A Century of Artists’ Film in Britain, Tate Britain, London, UK
The Big Nothing, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA
Regarder, Observer, Surveiller, Sequence Gallery – Arts Visuels et Mêdiatiques, Quebec, Canada
2003 Black and White Lies, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Changing Times, Tate Britain, London, UK
Maths in Motion, Kunstlerhauskino, Vienna, Austria
International Biennial of Photography, Turin
2001 Solid State: Reflections upon the Real, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, UK
Live in Your Head: Concept and Experiment in Britain 1965-75, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2000, Museu do Chiado, Lisbon
1999 Modern Times, Hasselblad Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden
1986 Modern Art  –  It’s a Joke, Cleveland Gallery, Middlesborough, UK
Whitechapel Open, London
1984-85 The British Art Show, City Art Gallery, Birmingham, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Mappin Gallery, Sheffield, Southampton Art Gallery, UK
2019 John Smith, International Short Film Biennale, Vicenza, Italy
‘This Is Not This Heat’: A soundtrack to the art films of John Smith, CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark
John Smith, Guardian Masterclass: A weekend development lab with award-winning documentary makers, Senate House, University of London, UK
Five Weekends of Moving Image Exploring Transformation, John Smith Programmed by Keren Cytter, Cinema Hamlet, Zurich Switzerland
On The Streets Where We Live: John Smith, Leytonstone Loves Film Festival, London, UK
Real Fiction: Artists talk and short films by John Smith, British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
2018 John Smith: Films, Monoquini, Bordeaux, France
Make Haste, Slowly, Goethe Institute, Dublin, Ireland
OM: John Smith Retrospective (part two), Film i Samtidskonsten, Zita Folkets Bio, Stockholm, Sweden
Lifting Traces: Memories of London, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA
Screening and Talk with John Smith, Visual Artists Ireland International Speakers Series, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim, Ireland
Nuit Blanche: John Smith, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, Paris, France
Hotel Diaries, The Garden of Dystopian Pleasures, School of Fine Art Performance Festival, Athens, Greece
John Smith, Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
OM: John Smith Retrospective (part one), Film i Samtidskonsten, Biograf Reflexen, Stockholm, Sweden
‘Visite’ Film Festival, Beursschouwburg, Brussels / Het Bos, Antwerp, Belgium
Courts-métrages de John Smith, Videodrome Cinema, Marseille, France
John Smith: Give Chance a Chance, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2017 X-Ray: John Smith, KASK Cinema, Antwerp, Belgium
1st Annual Louis le Prince Lecture: John Smith, Northern Film School/Leeds International Film Festival Leeds Art Gallery, UK
Opening Night, Black Tower Projects, London, UK
John Smith: Give Chance a Chance, Open City Documentary Festival, London, UK
John Smith: Lost in Leytonstone, Open City Documentary Festival, London, UK
Retro: John Smith, ‘DokuFest’ International Film Festival, Prizren, Kosovo
A Cinematic Evening with John Smith, Mirth, Marvel and Maud, London, UK
John Smith, International Festival of Film and Urbanism ’86’, Slavutych, Ukraine
This is Not This Heat, Barbican Hall, London, UK
Real Fiction, University of the Arts, Berlin, Germany
2016 Fragment d’une oeuvre: John Smith, ‘États généraux du film documentaire’, Lussas, France
Sort of What?, Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, Germany
Kihlberg & Henry: Footnotes to Long Distance Telephone Call, Danielle Arnaud, London, UK
John Smith: Shorts, International Festival of Projections, University of Kent, UK
Co-op Dialogues 1966-2016: John Smith and Laure Prouvost, Tate Britain, London, UK
It is what it is, but what is it?, University of Wolverhampton, UK
2015 Associations: Homage John Smith, ‘DOK Leipzig’ International Documentary and Animation Festival, Germany
Focus on John Smith
, Vilnius International Short Film Festival, Lithuania
In Focus: John Smith – British Avant Garde Cinema, ‘Underdox’ International Film Festival, Munich Film Museum, Germany
Retrospective: John Smith, ‘Stuttgart Filmwinter’ Festival for Expanded Media, Germany
2014 John Smith: art(making) diaries, ‘Pravo Ljudski’ Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina
Conversations at the Edge: John Smith, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, USA
John Smith in Person, Block Museum, Chicago, USA
Focus John Smith, Nova Cinema, Brussels, Belgium
John Smith, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland
Filmmakers’ Co-op: John Smith in Focus, EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2013 John Smith, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain
John Smith: Early Shorts, Bergen Kunsthall, Norway
Urban Wandering: John Smith’s London, Barbican Cinema, London, England
John Smith: Early Shorts, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
2012 John Smith: Associations and Ambiguities, Filmforum at Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
Alternative Visions: The Films of John Smith, Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, USA
John Smith Retrospective, ‘Message to Man’ International Film Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
John Smith, Animer le Quotidien, Le Bal, Paris, France
The Dream That Kicks: John Smith – Early Short Films, Norwegian Film Institute, Oslo, Norway
John Smith, ‘Ambulante’ International Film Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
2011 The Chrysler Series: John Smith, Chrysler Building, New York, USA
2010 Associations: The Short Films of John Smith, Rooftop Cinema, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin, USA
John Smith, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA
2009 John Smith: Hotel Diaries, Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
2008 Travels: John Smith’s Hotel Diaries, Tate Triennial Prologue, Tate Britain, London, England
2007 John Smith, Kino 46, Bremen, Germany
John Smith: Selected Works, Argos Cinema, Brussels, Belgium
2006 Mein Kino: John Smith, Kurzfilmwoche, Regensburg, Germany
2005 Filmmaker Focus: John Smith, ‘Brief Encounters’ International Short Film Festival, Bristol, England
2004 Surprise, Engage and Delight – The Films of John Smith, Winterthur International Short Film Festival, Switzerland
2003 John Smith Retrospective, Tampere International Film Festival, Finland
2002 Homage: John Smith, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Germany
John Smith in Retrospective, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden
2001 Focus on John Smith, Cork International Film Festival, Ireland
2013 Jarman Award, Film London
Jean Vigo Prize for Best Director, Punto de Vista International Documentary Film Festival, Pamplona
ARTE Prize for European Short Film, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Jury Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival
Best Short Film (ex aequo), Stuttgart Filmwinter Festival
2011 Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists
2010 ARTE Prize for European Short Film, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
2008 Best Short Documentary, Chicago Underground Film Festival
2007 Grand Prix, International Festival of New Film, Split
Grand Prix (ex aequo), Lucca Film Festival
2005 Best International Short Film, Cork Film Festival
Prix du Centre pour l’image contemporaine, Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva
2004 Best Experimental Film, Ann Arbor Film Festival
2000 Prize of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
1998 Best Short Film, Hamburg International Short Film Festival
1997 Best European Short Film, Cork International Film Festival
Golden Dove for Best Short Documentary, Leipzig International Documentary and Animation Festival
Gold Plaque for Best Experimental Film, Chicago International Film Festival
Prix Regional, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
Special Critics Award, International Biennale of Film and Architecture, Graz
Film Jackdaw for Best Experimental Film, Uppsala International Short Film Festival
Audience Prize, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival
1963 First Prize for Junior Art, Brooke Bond Tea National Educational Awards
2013 John Smith, Mousse Publishing and Sternberg Press.  Monograph with essays by Ian Christie, Martin Herbert, Kathrin Meyer and Ethan de Seife.
2012 John Smith: Film and Video Works 1972-2002, Picture This Moving Image and Watershed Media Centre.  Monograph with essays by Ian Bourn, Nicky Hamlyn, Cornelia Parker and A L Rees and an interview by Cate Elwes.
2014 John Smith: Le Baiser, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Noisy-le-Sec. Exhibition catalogue.
John Smith, Sidney Cooper Gallery. Exhibition catalogue.
2010 John Smith: Solo Show, Royal College of Art. Exhibition catalogue.


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