Artist Influences and Research Studio 2

John Smith

John Smith took a video of an everyday street, with unsuspected people, in 1976. Smith then did a voice over, directing each person, each vehicle and each camera shot within the video piece. This, all layered together, creates an effective and comedic art piece. Every detail has been covered, which makes you laugh, when someone has been told to walk on shot while picking their nose.
The comedic aspect of this piece was highly unexpected, but also very welcome. At some points, I found that this did get somewhat repetitive, however it was still a welcome aspect.

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[…] For this, I asked friends and family to sing and mouth along to their favourite and most meaningful songs in strange, or personal places. This included the songs of; Earthquake (Tiny Tempah and Labriynth), Someone Like You (Adele) and Changed the Way You Kissed Me (Example), and the locations of my mothers’ car, RUSU and down by the lake on campus. My mother also partook in this, and this generational gap, especially as she knew the words, was very motivational for me to partake in the video piece. This generational gap also allowed sentimentality within the piece, which makes it very much more personal for me, such as some of the songs within the piece to others. I also wanted to capture the singing as though I am a spectator in their lives, much like the artists Martin Parr, Marc Isaacs and John Smith. […]

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