by John SMITH
1998-1999 / SD / color / sound / 1S / 17' 00
A portrait of the artist as a not so young man. The film-maker attempts to enter the digital age by making a new video version of his 1978 film 7P.
"John Smith is not afraid of time. His films continuously show of his patience in setting up a visual pun, filming certain angles over several days or months in order to develop our sense of place and flux. REGRESSION makes time a focus of his humour. As he recreates a film he made twenty-one years earlier, he tapes each of the twelve days of Christmas, getting progressively younger as he replays the chorus of the accompanying song. In a sense, it is this youthful humour mixed with the political wisdom of age and an unflagging patience that makes John Smith’s films unique - they are not quick jokes, but elaborate latticeworks of humour."
— Chris Kennedy, programme notes for screening at Pleasure Dome, Toronto, 2001
|distribution format||Digital file on server (SD)|
|screen||4/3 (single screen)|
|rental fee||71,00 €|