Sam Smith is an artist and filmmaker, and the Co-Director of Obsidian Coast with Nella Aarne – a space for exhibitions, residencies and events in Bradford on Avon, UK – where he lives and works. Querying the manipulations inherent in moving image capture and production, his work brings documentary and archival content in contact with speculative narratives to render visible the connective charges between geological formations, architectural apertures, (cinematic) histories, paranormal entities and unimagined futures.

Smith's films, video installations and live desktop performances have has been presented at numerous international art institutions and film festivals including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival, Kai Art Center (Tallinn), Gotland Konstmuseet and Sörmlands Museum (Sweden), Whitechapel Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Moscow International Experimental Film Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales (Paris and Berlin), Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts (Hong Kong) De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam) E-WERK (Freiburg), Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS, Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen), The Telfer Gallery for Glasgow International 2016, Centro de Artes Visuais (Portugal), Australian Centre for Moving Image (Melbourne), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin) and the Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney).


20 – 24 April 2022
It’s rather a verb
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück
Curated by Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat

26 Nov 2021 – 8 Jan 2022
3+1 Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon

29 September 2021. 19:30
Precious Strata: Programme 3. Deep Future Time
Screening with Basim Magdy, Caitlin Berrigan, Ben Rivers and Ulrika Sparre Curated by María Morata
La Casa Encendida, Madrid

7 May – 31 July 2021
Sam Smith: Capture
UNSW Galleries

Sun 13 June 2021, 15:00
E.1027 (live performance)
Sheffield Doc Fest 2021

From Oct 2020
Earth Return (with Ama Josephine Budge & April Lin 林森) as part of Medium Earth
View online at Art Gallery of New South Wales'

From Aug 2020
Lithic Coda
Watch online via Prototype Care Packages

24 Aug – 8 Nov 2020
Screening programme at Noe Rart, Norway
Diogo Evangelista, Tuomas A. Laitinen, James Newitt, Sam Smith, Deborah Stratman and Ana Vaz
Curated by Sara Magno and James Newitt

9 – 15 May 2020
3+1 Couch Sessions: Sam Smith

10 - 16 February 2020
Riga International Short Film Festival 2ANNAS

12 – 17 November 2019
Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival

21 September – 1 December 2019
Let the field of your attention…. soften and spread out
Kai Art Center
Curator: Hanna Laura Kaljo

4 October – 17 November 2019
Deep Time
Sörmlands Museum, Sweden
Curated by Bronwyn Bailey Charteris, Joanna Nordin and Nina Stromqvist

28 + 29 September 2019
among other places
Hamlet, Zurich
Programmed by Kelly Ann Gardener

27 April – 30 September 2019
Stourhead, United Kingdom

10 – 14 July 2019
Moscow International Experimental Film Festival
Official competition

10 May – 22 June 2019
Lithic Choreographies
Australian Centre for Photography

25 May - 2 June 2019
Within Deep Time: scratching the surface of the antipode
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Curators: Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris and Nina Stromqvist

23 January – 3 February 2019
International Film Festival Rotterdam