Tate Modern Film

Michael Smith on Mike

An evening hosted by the influential American video and performance artist Michael Smith, whose tragicomic work is akin to TV comedy skits. Smith will present a selection of his videos over spanning 30 years in which he has appeared as his alter ego, the inept everyman ‘Mike’. 

The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Michael Smith.

Full programme (duration 65min):


Secret Horror Michael Smith, 1980
Go For It, Mike, 1984
Busmans Holiday Review, a performance piece  from 1976 later translated to video


OYMA (Outstanding Young Men of America), 1996
Do it - How to curate your own group exhibition, 1996
The MUSCO Story: 1969-1997, with Joshua White, 1997
Open House, with Joshua White, 1999


Famous Quotes From Art History, 2001-2003
Portal Excursion, Michael Smith, 2006
Mike's World Orientation Video, 2007

This special evening follows Michael Smith’s newly commissioned work for BMW Tate Live: Performance Room live on 10 December 2015 20.00GMT via Tate’s YouTube channel or via Tate's website.

Tate Modern

Starr Cinema

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

11 December 2015 at 19.00–21.00

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