Melanie Smith – 5 Minutes

<p>The film <em>5 Minutes</em> queries whereabouts and locality within cities by focusing on the abstracted orange dots, dashes and signs that appear on the computer generated bus timetables in Essex Road, North London, found at most bus-stops. Signals and signs in this short film are interpreted as repeated frequencies and unintelligible blips, numbers and letters that jumble any rational logic or coordination of our bearings. Passers by and commuters are fleetingly caught on film as we all are much of the time by street surveillance cameras.</p><p></p><p>---</p><p></p><p>Working across a range of media Melanie Smith explores notions of modernity in relation to art history and contemporary society. Since the 1980s, Smith has consistently addressed a number of interrelated themes encompassing the aesthetics of abstraction, urbanization, colonialism and, more recently, nature and entropy, through a blurring and blending of the worlds of painting, cinema, and performance.</p> <p></p> <p>Smith was born and studied in the UK. However, following a move to Mexico City in 1989 she became a key member of a burgeoning art community there, alongside contemporaries such as Francis Alÿs and Gabriel Orozco. Smith’s move came at a pivotal moment; leaving the political and economic tensions of Britain, in Mexico she witnessed the impact of capitalist modernisation, neo-liberal globalisation and hyper-consumerism, the development of an informal economy alongside traditional forms of manufacture, and the ongoing failures or collapse of modernity. These two contexts, Mexico and Britain, remain central to her work.</p><p></p><p>---</p><p></p><p>Melanie Smith (born 1965) lives and works in London and Mexico City. In 2011 she represented Mexico at the 54th Venice Biennale, Italy. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Farce and Artifice’, MACBA, Barcelona (2018), MUAC, Mexico City (2019) and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2019), Milton Keynes Gallery (2014), Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania (2014) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2014). Recent group exhibitions include Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2019), the Liverpool Biennial (2018), Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, (2016), and Kunstmuseum Bern (2016) amongst many others. Her work is in many important international collections including Tate, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, MACBA, Barcelona, IVAM, Valencia, Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zurich, La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City and the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami.</p>