Sam Smith
INTERFACE (2016)


Interface, performance documentation, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow International 2016. Photograph: Ashleigh Thomson


Interface, installation view, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow International 2016


Interface, performance documentation, The Royal Standard, Liverpool. Photograph: Emma Curd


Interface, performance documentation, The Royal Standard, Liverpool. Photograph: Emma Curd
Interface (detail)
Installation view, The Telfer Gallery, Glasgow International 2016
Framework and live video performance
Approx. 25 minutes
Glass, red pine, emulsion paint, 250 x 126 x 235cm





 
Interface, which premiered during Glasgow International 2016, is an essayistic video performance that was developed in response to Smith’s film installation The Horizontal Window (2016). The response reflects upon the relationship between cinematic and architectural framing devices, examining their formal qualities and the points where these two systems meet. Through layered archival and original moving image, Smith illustrates the history of glass manufacture with specific detail to its use in architecture and inside the camera apparatus. As with the artist's ongoing performance practice, prepared video and photographic footage is combined live with sound; text overlays; and subtle software interventions.