SMITH x DIPLOMATES

SMITH, born in Paris (1985), lives in Montreuil, Fr

SMITH’s career includes several post-graduate degrees: from the Paris-Sorbonne University in Philosophy, from the National School of Photography of Arles, from the Aalto University in Helsinki, and from the National Studio of Contemporary Arts – Le Fresnoy. His transdisciplinary work, both plastic and theoretical, is understood as an observation of constructions, deconstructions, and displacements of human identity. Photography rubs shoulders with cinema, video, choreography, bio-art and the use of new technologies, leading to collaborations with scienctific and philosophical research teams and laboratories.

SMITH's works were exhibited as solo shows at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, at the Filles du Calvaire gallery and Palais de Toyko in Paris, at the Photographic Museum of Helsinki in Finland, as well as several countries in Europe (Sweden, Luxembourg, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland), Asia (China, Cambodia, South Korea) and Latin America (Mexico, Chile, Uruguay). His first monograph, Löyly (by (Filigranes) was published in 2013, followed by Saturnium (Actes Sud) in 2017, and a long-length interview by art historian Christine Ollier in 2017 (André Frère). New books Astroblème (Filigranes), Si tu pleux (André Frère) and TRAUM (Textuel) will be released in 2019.

His films/installations Spectrographies and TRAUM, were presented during cinema festivals in Europe. Their artistic and choreographic performances were presented at the Centre Pompidou and Théâtre de la Cité Internationale (Paris) with the support of the Hermès – New Settings Foundation, at the CND (Pantin), at the Dance Museum (Rennes) and at the CCN-ICI (Montpellier). SMITH is currently completing a PhD in Philosophy (UQAM, Ca / Le Fresnoy, Fr).

SMITH is represented by Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris.

SMITH is developing his new project Desideration with the Cosmiel Cell composed by astrophysicist Jean-Philippe Uzan (CNRS, Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris) and writer Lucien Raphmaj. They coined this new word based on desire to explain the lost celestial object we are now missing. Joined by DIPLOMATES studio and the American composer Akira Rabelais, they are working on the first step of this project. Between science and fiction, they have imagined the history of a new humanity, on a quest for an organic link with the stars, while becoming physically connected with the cosmos, and opening out to an extra-terrestrial otherness. The piece presented in the exhibition is a part of this long-term research and visual project. It launched at the MAC VAL, France in 2019 and will be presented at the Galerie des Filles du Calvaire in October 2019.

The installation in the exhibition echoes a long time ephemeral architecture developed by DIPLOMATES as a backdrop for the journal of the first cosmorgue, the first desiderated person in process of curing their symptoms, SMITH himself - as a Patient 0.

  DIPLOMATES is a multidisciplinary studio based between Athens, Milan and Paris that offers an engaged and experimental vision of modernity through site and context-specific interventions.

The work of DIPLOMATES was presented alongside the ar-chitects Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid at the Villa Noailles (Hyères) in 2015, at Lyon Architecture Biennale in 2016, at the Paris Biennale in 2018 (Paris) and currently at the MAC VAL - contemporary art museum (Vitry-Sur-Seine).

Aligned with ephemerality and fluidly experiential projects,DIPLOMATES works with architecture and design, wandering freely between various creative spheres. Its projects constantly strive to establish an effective relationship between the design and the space in question. An integrated approach to concept and making is adopted: hinged around temporality and flux it proposes a “long-term ephemeral” and establish- ing a form of transitory architecture.