Girl Chewing Gum by John Smith (1976)

The Girl Chewing Gum, by John Smith (1976), is part of the exhibition Image--Movement at the Centre D'Art Contemporain de Genève.
With deadpan seriousness the artist seems to 'direct' the action as if he were staging a big budget film where the director's every whim is satisfied instantly. The authority of the 'auteur' is assured, despite the film being documentary footage. With Monty Pythonesque humour the work prefigured reality television and docudrama. What prescience!