Michael Smith is a video, performance and installation artist known for his eponymous personae, Mike, the hopeful innocent who continually falls victim to trends and fashions outside his grasp, and Baby Ikki, the melancholic toddler who is distracted by anything in his line of vision. For years both characters have been convenient narrative vehicles for Smith to engage tragicomic aspects of contemporary culture.
The latest episode in a series of underwhelming adventures, Smith’s Performance Room project tackles the timeworn theme of aging and youth. Smith presents his new video Excuse me!?!…I’m looking for the ‘Fountain of Youth’, interrupted by live appearances of Mike wandering in and out of various scenes around the water cooler during his final days at the office.
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Performance Room is a series of performances commissioned and conceived using online space as its primary medium. The performances themselves take place at Tate Modern in London but are filmed and broadcast live via YouTube to be experienced by an audience worldwide.