Cape Town, aeriel view
The films, performances and paintings of Gregg Smith, examine the points of contact of everyday trajectories. Working with chance, micro-narratives and vaguely fetishistic objects (floppy paintings), Smith questions the position of desire in an increasingly flattened and accelerated contemporary reality. There is a spirit of auto-derisive humour in his attempts to challenge conditions of behaviour and perception, seeking ways to bump up against other frames of reference and question accepted notions of productivity. This attitude is central to the residency program, Very Real Time, which he has organised in Cape Town since 2003.
Following studies at the Michaelis School of Art (University of Cape Town), The Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) and Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing), his work is equally visible in contemporary art and cinema circuits. These include screenings and exhibitions at The Tate Modern (London), Videobrasil (Sao Paulo), Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), Rotterdam International Film Festival, Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona), Le Plateau FRAC Ile-de-France (Paris), and the Dakar Biennale (Senegal). He has taught extensively in institutions, such as the Michaelis School of Art (Cape Town), ECAV (Switzerland), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'architecture de Versailles and Paris College of Art.