Vicky Smith employs experimental animation and performance to explore process, materials and the body. Her practice with analogue film, often enacted as a live expanded event, is intended to engage cinema’s appeal to the body as a whole, evoking the sense of touch through images that are haptic.
Marking directly onto the filmstrip, the fragility of materials is emphasised, with the body inscribed as gesture, pressure and trace. Smith has recently returned to hand-processed, lens-based film, using techniques of proximity as a means to consider the body in relation to a broader ecology of vulnerability, and where the use of close-up expresses a quality of intimacy in subject/object relations.
Smith received the McLaren/Lambart Best Scholarly Book in Animation award for her co-edited volume, Experimental & Expanded Animation: New Perspectives and Practices (2018). Screenings include festivals: Rotterdam; Zagreb; Bilbao; Seattle; Vienna. Gallery exhibition: ‘Assembly’, Tate Britain; Nunnery Gallery; SF MOMA; Union City Docs, NY; Caraboo, Bristol.
Touring programmes: Animate, Parts & Labour; ‘From Reel to Real’, Tate Modern and Anthology, NY and on C4TV. Her work is discussed by Elwes, C. (2015) Installation and the Moving Image; Hosea, B. (2019) The Crafty Animator and Knowles, K. (2020) Experimental Film and Photochemical Practices.