The films, performances and objects of Gregg Smith examine everyday trajectories. Working with the voice, dance, micro-narratives and found or fabricated objects, Smith seeks a fluid engagement with present time and space. There is a spirit of auto-derisive humour in his attempts to collide different levels of physical and emotional experience. His relational approach at times questions traditional notions of productivity. This attitude is central to the program, Very Real Time, which he has organised in Cape Town since 2003.
Following studies at the Michaelis School of Art (University of Cape Town), The Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) and Le Fresnoy (Tourcoing), his work is equally visible in contemporary art and cinema circuits. These include screenings and exhibitions at The Tate Modern (London), Videobrasil (Sao Paulo), Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), Rotterdam International Film Festival, Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona), Krinzinger Gallery (Vienna), Le Plateau FRAC Ile-de-France (Paris), and the Dakar Biennale (Senegal). He has taught extensively in institutions, such as the Michaelis School of Art (Cape Town), ECAV (Switzerland), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'architecture de Versailles and Paris College of Art.