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Martin Smith is an artist whose research and work are concerned with people's perception and interpretation of space. He undertakes quite large architectural commissions that interact with their given space and the viewer through mechanical movement.  Alongside this work, his practice is also concerned with making kinetic devices that investigate themes of repetition, precision and rules. These utopian objects and spaces are what currently drive his work forward.

Martin is also the Co-Founder and Art Director of the design label, Laikingland. The work he creates through this company plays with the themes of humour, nonsense and futility.

The Machines in the Trees (2013) are currently on show at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe, UK.

We are currently developing a permanent kinetic piece, that encapsulates the feeling of "Joy', for Battersea Arts Centre, London.

Martin Smith Studio have been commission by Bauman Lyons Architects with support from Sue Ball (MAAP) to produce a kinetic response to the design of Derby Silk Mill's windows as part of the Sustain Ability Programme.

Bird, Bellow, Whistle was recently featured in Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams on BBC Four. A documentary presented by Professor Simon Schaffer which charts the amazing and untold story of automata - extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life.

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