Martin Smith (b.1972) started selling his Self-Applauding Machines at Cabaret Mechanical Theatre in Covent Garden soon after leaving art college in the mid 1990s. He 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.
Martin Smith – Self-Applauding Machine c.1995
Workshop Photos: John Lumbus