London-based artist Sam Smith presents E.1027, a new live video performance developed for the Whitechapel Gallery.
Smith uses the computer desktop as a staging tool for the performance, interweaving fleeting collages of original and archival moving images mixed with a live script, recorded dialogue and music.
His new work is based on the complex history and imagined future of Irish architect and designer Eileen Gray’s eponymous villa, which is framed as a vibrant entity, alive with the resonances of past events. The history of conflict etched within the building’s material structure plays out in episodes of companionship, obsession, murder and destruction.
Sam Smith is an artist who lives and works in London. His recent exhibitions and performances have included The Telfer Gallery for Glasgow International 2016; Assembly Point, London; E-WERK, Freiburg; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Centre for Visual Arts, Portugal; ICA, London; Australian Centre for Moving Image, Melbourne; De Appel, Amsterdam; and Jupiter Woods, London.