Visiting Artist Talk - Emma Smith

Published: 22 February 2017 at 11:57

Two female actors rehearsing in front of a table covered in wristbands

Emma Smith has a performance-based social practice, creating public platforms for experimentation and research through site-specific actions, events and installations.

2pm 22 February 2017, Coslett 117

Smith’s work explores human forms of connectivity, looking in particular at those that operate on a subconscious level through resonance, molecular activity, energetics and tacit behaviour.

Working with the format of rehearsal and public participation, Smith creates ephemeral experiences particular to those who are there, as well as props and games for nondurational performance to be activated at any time. Often site specific, her work investigates local historic behaviours in relation to the present, collapsing notions of time to challenge sedentary notions of place relation, considering how we might all relate to any place at any time through transitory modes of belonging and practices of place being.

Previous exhibitions / live works include Camden Arts Centre (2006), Whitechapel Gallery (2007 & 2008), Wysing Arts Centre (2010, 2011 & 2012), Grizedale Arts (2010-2012), Artsadmin (2011 & 2012), The Showroom (2011), Tate Modern and Tate Tanks (2011 & 2012), Radar (2013), ICA (2013), October Gallery (2014), Arnolfini (2015), Jerwood Gallery Hastings (2015), Kettles Yard (2015), Nottingham Contemporary (2016), RCA (2016), Wellcome Collection (2016), UK