23.01.2017 Fact and Fiction in Video Art [Fakt und Fiktion in der Videokunst]

Ausgabe #7

Within documentary practices the relationship between fact and fiction is constantly renegotiated. The films and videos by John Smith address this relationship in a special way, disarrange it, and in doing so, reveal the conditions of producing filmic truth. We invited John Smith to show his films and comment on them in this regard. Here we present audio recordings of his statements and short descriptions of the films he referred to. In the following text, film scholar Volker Pantenburg points out the importance of John Smith’s voice in his films, it creates a reflexive level. In a similar way, the audio files create a commentary level for the films in this article. Additional drawings by the Berlin based artist Maxim Bauer illustrate the conversational character of the evening.