Biography

CI Smith is a filmmaker and visual artist from Essex, UK. He was formerly a member of the audiovisual collective Addictive TV, producing audiovisual art, experimental films, and the ITV1 electronic music series Mixmasters. Addictive TV were voted No.1 VJs in the world by DJMag, and perfomed around the world at events and venues including: Le Centre Pompidou, The ICA, Glastonbury Festival and MutekHe then moved into the digital/tech space as a creative director. In partnership with East End and Cork Film Festivals, he founded EMERGE, a symposium about the future of filmmaking.

His own work spans experimental, documentary and fiction – exploring our interaction with landscape, architecture, technology and folklore through uncanny narratives. Chris has exhibited at film, photography and art festivals globally. In 2018 his feature documentary, New Town Utopia (narrated by Jim Broadbent) was released in cinemas to widespread acclaim. It received four and five-star reviews from critics in The Guardian, The Times and more, with a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It played at festivals around the world, winning multiple accolades.

New Town Utopia was a cross-platform work that comprised a book of poetry, photography and theory featuring contributions from Jonathan Meades, Owen Hatherley and Gillian Darley. The video art installation exhibited at venues including Sharjah Biennale (Beirut) and Format Photography Festival.

He has also created and directed commercial films and interactive work for brands including the BBC, Guinness, O2, Sony PlayStation and UbiSoft.