selected writing

Michael Archer, Composition, Ilex, UK 2023

Erika Balsom, The Chronicles of John Smith in John Smith – Waldeinsamkeit – Films from the 21st Century, catalogue for solo exhibition at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, eds. Annegret Laabs and Uwe Gellner, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Austria 2022
read essay

Anton Holzer, Ein Mann steht am Fenster: zu John Smiths Film Worst Case Scenario in Augenblick! Strassenfotografie in Wien (cat.), Wien Museum, Austria 2022

Eds. Simon Payne and Andrew Vallance, Made in London (conversation between John Smith and William Raban) in Film Talks: 15 Conversations on Experimental Cinema, Contact, UK 2021
read conversation

A L Rees, Room Films in Fields of View, ed. Simon Payne, British Film Institute, UK 2020

John Smith, Artists’ Moving Image in Britain since 1989, eds. Erika Balsom, Lucy Reynolds, Sarah Perks, Yale University Press, USA 2019
read artist’s pages

Albert Alcoz, The Girl Chewing Gum in Radicales Libres: 50 peliculas esenciales del cine experimental (Free Radicals: 50 essential films of experimental cinema), Obetta UOC Publishing, Spain 2019

Rob Walker, The Art of Noticing, Ebury Press, UK 2019

Gabriel Menotti, Movie Circuits: Curatorial Approaches to Cinema Technology, Amsterdam University Press, Netherlands 2019

Mélanie van der Hoorn, Blight, in Spots in Shots: Narrating the Built Environment in Short Films, nai010 Publishers, Netherlands 2018, read essay

Mark Prince, Waiting Game, in Talking Art 2: Art Monthly interviews with artists since 2007, ed. Patricia Bickers, Ridinghouse and Art Monthly, UK 2018
read interview in magazine

Andy Birtwistle, Meaning and Musicality: Sound-Image Relations in the Films of John Smith, in The Music and Sound of Experimental Film, eds. Holly Rogers and Jeremy Barham, Oxford University Press, USA 2017, read essay

Federico Windhausen, Suspended in Light: Eight Films made in London between 1970 and 1975, in Shoot Shoot Shoot: The First Decade of the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative, ed. Mark Webber, LUX, UK 2016

David Campbell and Mark Durden, Double Act: Art and Comedy, Bluecoat, UK 2016, read catalogue text

Homay King, Virtual Memory: Time-Based Art and the Dream of Digitality, Duke University Press, USA 2015

Laurence Boyce, Short Films, in  Directory of World Cinema: Britain 2, ed. Neil Mitchell, Intellect Books, UK 2015

Lili Reynaud-Dewar, I am John Smith (You are also John Smith, we are John Smith, here’s how to be John Smith), read essay (English), read essay (French) in John Smith: Le Baiser (cat.), La Galerie, Noisy-le Sec, France 2014

Andy Birtwistle, Listen, read essay in John Smith (cat.), Sidney Cooper Gallery, UK 2014

Ed. Ana Teixeira Pinto, The Reluctant Narrator (cat.), Museo Colecao Berardo / Sternberg Press,  Portugal / Germany 2014

Martin Herbert, Mediate the Immediate: On John Smith, read essay; Kathrin Meyer, John Smith’s The Black Tower: Close-up Views of What Cannot Be Shown, read essay; Ethan de Seife, John Smith and his Gargantuan Newt, read essay; Ian Christie, English Eccentric, read essay;  in John Smith, eds. Tanya Leighton and Kathrin Meyer, Mousse Publishing, Italy and Sternberg Press, Germany 2013

Tom Holert, Visual Antagonisms and a Critique of the Frame in Image Counter Image (cat.) Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Walther König, Germany 2012

John Smith: Worst Case Scenario (cat.), Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, Germany 2012

Rod Stoneman, The Girl Chewing Gum: The Time that Cinema Forgot, read essay;  Jennifer Procter, The Tragedy of the Unreliable Narrator in The Girl Chewing Gum, read essay;  Paula Quigley, The Man Giving Orders: The Girl Chewing Gum, read essay;  Lavinia Brydon, Brief Encounter: The Girl Chewing Gum, read essay;  Michael Rabiger, Much from Little, read essayRichard Raskin and Brian Frye, Interviews with John Smith on The Girl Chewing Gum, in Short Film Studies, ed. Richard Raskin, Intellect Books, UK, Spring 2012

Gemma Lloyd and Gareth Bell-Jones, John Smith Returns; Thomas Cuckle, A Pause for Reflection; John Smith in Conversation with RCA Students in John Smith: Solo Show (cat.), Royal College of Art, London, UK 2010

Andy Birtwistle, Cinesonica: Sounding Film and Video, Manchester University Press, UK 2010

Eds. Dieter Daniels and Sandra Naumann, See This Sound – Audiovisuology Compendium, Walther König, Germany 2010

Paul Young, Art Cinema, Taschen, USA 2009

Michael Chanan, The Politics of Documentary, British Film Institute, UK 2007

David Curtis, A History of Artists’ Film and Video in Britain, 1897-2004, British Film Institute, UK 2007

John Smith, Silent Film in Vertov from Z to A, eds. Peggy Ahwesh & Keith Sanborn, Ediciones la Calavera, USA 2007

Sally O’Reilly, Return of the Black Tower (after John Smith) (cat.), PEER Gallery, London, UK 2007

A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu FARBEN (cat.), Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Kerber, Germany 2007

Sounddesign · Sound-Montage · Soundtrack-Komposition,  Prof. Jörg U. Lensing, Mediabook, Germany 2006

Joe Moran, Reading the Everyday, Routledge, UK 2005

Peter Kremski, Überraschende Begegnung der Kurzen Art, (interview), International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany 2005

John Smith – London & Other Worlds (cat.), Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany 2005

A L Rees, Surprise, Engage and Delight – The Films of John Smith, International Short Film Festival Winterthur (cat.), Switzerland 2004

Nicky Hamlyn, Film Art Phenomena, British Film Institute, UK 2003

Cornelia Parker, John Smith’s body, read essay;  A L Rees, Associations: John Smith and the artists’ film in the UKread essay;  Ian Bourn, The Sound of Loss, read essay;  Nicky Hamlyn, John Smith’s local locationsread essay;  Cate Elwes, Trespassing beyond the frame (interview) in John Smith – Film and Video Works 1972-2002, Picture This Moving Image/Watershed Media Centre, UK 2002

Eds. Eileen Elsey and Andrew Kelly, In Short – A Guide to Short Filmmaking in the Digital Age, (interview), British Film Institute, UK 2002

Michael Maziere, John Smith’s Films:  Reading the Visible in The Undercut Reader – Critical Writings on Artists’ Film and Video, Wallflower Press, UK 2002

Live In Your Head – Concept & Experiment in Britain 1965-1975 (cat.), Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK 2000

A L Rees, A History of Experimental Film and Video, British Film Institute, UK 1999

A Directory of British Film & Video Artists, Arts Council/University of Luton Press, UK 1995

Kristin Thompson & David Bordwell, Film History – An Introduction, McGraw – Hill, USA 1994

John Smith, Fortunata & Heckles and Hackles  in Brought to Book, eds. Ian Breakwell & Paul Hammond, Penguin, UK 1994

The Elusive Sign – British Avant-Garde Film & Video 1977-1987 (cat.), Arts Council of Great Britain, British Council, UK 1988

The British Art Show (cat.), Orbis/Arts Council, UK 1984

The Other Side: European Avant-Garde Cinema 1960-80 (cat.), American Federation of Arts, USA 1983

A Perspective on English Avant-Garde Film (cat.), Arts Council/British Council, UK 1978