Co-op Dialogues 1966-2016: John Smith and Laure Prouvost

7 Mar 2016

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10:00 – 18:00

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Tate Britain

London, United Kingdom


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  • 88,77A,C10
  • Pimlico
  • Vauxhall
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To mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the London Film-makers’ Co-op (LFMC) LUX and Tate Britain will present a monthly series of screenings and artists’ conversations revisiting the legacy of the London Film-makers’ Co-op and its significance today.


Initially inspired by conceptual art and the structural/materialist ideas that dominated British artists’ filmmaking around the LFMC(London Film-makers’ Co-op) during his formative years, John Smith (UK, 1958) has developed an extensive body of work that subverts the perceived boundaries between documentary and fiction, representation and abstraction. Fascinated by the immersive power of narrative and the spoken word, and often rooted in everyday life, Smith’s meticulously crafted films rework and transform reality, playfully exploring and exposing the language of cinema. A student of Smith’s at Central St Martins, Turner award winner Laure Prouvost (FR, 1978) playfully manipulates connections between language, image and perception in her video work in order to subvert our notions of what is real and what is not. Prouvost’s unique approach employs quick cuts, montage, direct address, on-screen text and deliberate misuse of language. The result is seductive, immersive and often disorientating. 

The screening of their work will be followed by a conversation between Smith and Prouvost.

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John Smith

Laure Prouvost

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