"TRAUM", © SMITH 2016 Courtesy Galerie les Filles du Calvaire, Paris

Prognostics lecture: SMITH (Dorothée Smith). "Bodies that matter ; warm ghosts ; catasterisations"

Keskiviikko, helmikuu 15, 2017 - 18:00 - 20:00
Exhibition Laboratory



Prognostics lecture: SMITH (Dorothée Smith). 
"Bodies that matter ; warm ghosts ; catasterisations"

Introduction to SMITH's last transdisciplinary projects - “Spectrographies” and “TRAUM”, that further explore the notions of visible and invisible, plastic identity and distress in relationships with others. Setting up a hybrid environment – all at once laboratory, projection room, archive library and portrait gallery- the artist develops a para-scientific poetics that draws on the thin line separating rationality from imagination. 

French artist SMITH will present their most recent works ("Spectrographies" & "TRAUM") in the first Prognostics lectures of spring 2017.

SMITH (Dorothée Smith), born in 1985, lives and works in Paris.

The multidisciplinary plastic means and varied issues raised by SMITH’s work contribute to the multi-layered complexity of their work, and lend density to their poetical project: that of grasping through art the surviving plastic forms of our physical as well as mental world.

Artist, photographer and filmmaker, currently achieving a PhD in aesthetics mentored by Claire Denis, their work can be seen as an observation of the constructions, deconstructions, relocations and moults of the identity. Through the hybridization of techniques, mediums, the use of new technologies and collaborations with scientists and philosophers, SMITH develops a poetics of metamorphosis. Through the representation of ghostly and fantasmatic figures, as well as post-traumatic transformations, they capture negative and hollow subjectivation processes intertwined with self-effacement and self-image issues. Accounting for creative destruction, SMITH’s works invite viewers to be immersed in a dark and diffuse atmosphere, which is characteristic of their auratic and ethereal style, and conducive to daydream and meditation.

Their artistic and cinematographic works were presented as solo exhibitions and projections at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photography in Arles, the Filles du Calvaire Gallery in Paris, the Museum of Photography in Helsinki, but also in numerous festivals, cinemas, galleries and art centers in Europe, North America and Asia. 

SMITH's "Löyly" book is available from Filigranes Editions.
Their forecoming projects "Saturnium" and "Désideration" will be introduced next summer at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.


The Prognostics lectures spring 2017 present emerging artists who use lensebased media. Their work centres around the invisible in the visible: the materialisation and visualisation of immaterial things such as dreams, lapses or ghosts.

The Prognostic lecture series is supported by Saastamoinen Foundation

Upcoming Prognostics lectures:

12.4. Natasha Caruana