John Smith
‘Om’, 1986
16mm film, colour, sound; 4 minutes
Edition of 5 + 2 AP

"This four minute film explores our response to stereotypes - aural, visual and ideological. Smith signals these stereotypes to the viewer through a chiefly associational system, which deftly manipulates the path of our expectations. The structure is stunningly simple and deceptively subtle. We are taken on a journey from one concrete stereotype to its diametric opposite, as images transform and juxtapose to, ultimately, invert our interpretation of what we see and hear." - Gary Davis

"This is hardcore cinema." - Peter Kubelka, What is Film lecture series, London, 2001