Sam Smith
FORM VARIATIONS (2014)


Form Variations, installation view, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin


Form Variations, installation view, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin


Form Variations, installation view, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Form Variations
Installation view, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin




Form Variations
Installation view, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin








Form Variations
Installation view, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Form Variations (2014)
Single channel 4K video installation, stereo, colour
Steel, MDF, plexiglass, plaster, cement, spray paint
Duration: 5:28 minutes
Dimensions variable

Producer: Carolina Jimenez
Cinematographer: Mario Krause
Camera assistant: Cristina Amate
Assistant: Gauthier Lesturgie
Cast: Jürgen Lehmann, Sam Smith
Casting assistant: Johannes Suhm
Drummer: Michael Maass
Editor and visual effects: Sam Smith

Audio includes samples from:
L'Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)
Il Conformista (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)

Filmed at HAVEL STUDIOS Berlin

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body



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Encompassing video, sculpture and architectural elements, Form Variations (2014) is a single channel video installation housed inside a viewing apparatus. Consisting of a wall structure, curtain, seating, window box and sculptural objects these items are lifted into the space from their roles in the video. The seating dimensions are based upon the two most common current widescreen cinematic display formats and the window box (which allows the audience to glimpse a reframed version of the video from outside the viewing room) also uses this logic, employing the 1.375:1 Academy ratio that was standardised in 1932. The video is shot in CinemaScope and uses this hyper-wide frame to maximise a precise cinematographic view on three-dimensional form. Key to the video is a re-imagining of the opening shot from Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Eclisse (1962) in which the character of Riccardo's arm transitions between animate and inanimate form.