The artist spent 5 weeks on Gotland 2017 for the research part of the residency “North by Southeast” that focuses on exchange between the Australian and Nordic contemporary art scenes. The artist covered the island of Gotland with many trips and meetings with local specialists like Tom Mels, Associate Professor, Dept of Social and Economic Geography, Dr. Gustaf Svedjemo, Universitetslektor, Archaeology and Ancient History and local fossile expert Sara Eliason at the Gotland Museum. In 2018 he has been filming at Brucebo museum, Suderbys Ecovillage, Uppsala Universitet Campus Gotland, Gotland museums archive, Cementa quarry, among others.
Sam Smith is a video installation and performance artist born in Sydney, Australia, currently living and working in London, UK. By treating built forms as active things, Smith gives resonance to the histories within their material structures. The locations of past films and 20th century Modernist residences become vibrant entities, capable of reorganising matter, facilitating life and playing a crucial part in their own narrative.