The publication brings together extensive material from Hamlet, mise-en-scène, an homage to Jack Smith presented at Portikus in 2012, along with recently restored and never-published stills, drawings, and writings by the American filmmaker related to his film Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment) (1970-73).
Hamlet, mise-en-scène, directed by Mark von Schlegell, was an adaptation that retold Shakespeare's most abused tragedy while channeling the ghost of Jack Smith. The two-night rendition of Hamlet was performed by members of Städelschule's Pure Fiction seminar, presented here alongside a rare selection of works by Smith, both from private collections and from the Jack Smith Archive.
Published following the festival “EXTRA TROUBLE – Jack Smith in Frankfurt” in Portikus, Frankfurt, in December 2012.
Jack Smith (1932-1989) is an American experimentalfilmmaker, actor, performer and photographer. Pioneer of underground cinema, member of the New American Cinema group and a figure of the New York avant-garde in the Sixties, Smith contributed to forge the camp style, an audacious aesthetic embracing elements of kitch, cabaret and queer culture—the best example being 1963 film Flaming Creatures. Provocative and radical, his limited-budget productions have had a huge influence on artists such as Andy Warhol, Tony Conrad, Laurie Anderson, Jonas Mekas, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, Mike Kelley, John Waters and Matthew Barney.