Emma Smith has a social practice that is both research and production based and responds to site-specific issues. Using an inter-disciplinary approach, including organised events, performance, participation, sound, props and text, she explores relations of people and place. In particular she looks at the ways we are in relation without necessarily being aware that this is the case.
Situated in the everyday Smith’s work investigates historic behaviours in relation to the present, collapsing notions of time in exploring transitory relations to place and practices of place being. Excavating embedded knowledge, exploring the psychology of space and considering relational dynamics her work is particularly focused on practices for connectivity, social and collective action.
As part of her process Smith regularly collaborates and works through the bringing together of multi- disciplinary teams. She works regularly with academics from across the world from a wide range of disciplines including anthropology, classics, linguistics, mathematics, molecular chemistry, musicology, neuro-science, physics, psychology and theology.
The resulting events, occurrences and instigations construct ephemeral moments that are both particular to and for the people who experience them at the time.
Smith has recently been working on the development of props / performance objects to explore the possibility for non-durational performance. She has also been developing the idea of rehearsal, as opposed to performance, as a space for practice.