by John SMITH
2001-2003 / Digital Betacam / color-b&w / sound / 1S / 18' 45

Worst Case Scenario starts out as a series of still photographs depicting daily life on a Viennese street corner. But as Sigmund Freud casts his long shadow across the city, the static world slowly and subtly comes to life and an increasingly improbable chain of events and relationships starts to emerge.

"This new work by John Smith looks down onto a busy Viennese intersection and a corner bakery. Constructed from hundreds of still images, it presents situations in a stilted motion, often with sinister undertones. Through this technique we're made aware of our intrinsic capacity for creating continuity, and fragments of narrative, from potentially (no doubt actually) unconnected events." Mark Webber. London Film Festival catalogue.

"Smith's 30 years of eccentric, good-humoured and enlightening radical filmmaking have opened up endless possibilities for visual creativity. His Worst Case Scenario, comprising a stream of movie-like images from rapidly shot camera stills taken on a Vienna street corner, is an exquisite documentation of everyday waiting, eating and road-crossing, with just a whiff of Freud." Keith Gallasch, Realtime magazine


distribution format Digital file on server (PAL)
screen 4/3 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
rental fee 71,00 €