Artworks for purchase




Comprehensive survey of Nicola Atkinson Does Fly Artworks


NADFLY as Curator and Initiators

Selected Writings

Duncan McLaren, Chris Hladowski, Bob Collins, Dr Manfred J Holler, Peter Allam, Ben Spencer, David Harding, Pauline Gallacher, Michael Wilson, Adam Simon and Yuneikys Villalonga

People's Profiles

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Public Talks

NADFLY Public talks: London, Los Angeles and Havana.

Awards & Press & Publications

Comprehensive list of awards, press coverage & publications

Credits and Thank Yous

People who have given time and support


DVDs & Artworks for purchase

Links & Interest Site

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2004 DVD 12 Min

SMOKE, consists of seven carefully crafted pieces that collectively comprise a unique visual album.

'We are all full to the brim with memories, which flash upon the inward eye and disappear as suddenly; they are chimeras, and change form and emphasis and content at each recall; they are as illusory and insubstantial as the smoke which drifts from a cigarette.


The richness of Nicola Atkinson. Davidson’s DVD ‘Smoke’ is that such tantalising fragments of experience similarly start and finish without warning, and completely occupy our attention. We watch intently because there is no preconception. The excitement is in the uncertainty, and we have questions about ourselves as well. Are we the camera? Are these our memories, recalled without warning?


And what can one say about the precise timing of each fragment, and the framing of each scene? They are the true creators of the dynamic tension which holds our attention throughout. And too, consider the impact of the one voiced word in the whole sequence. Because it seems addressed to us personally, it shocks us into considering whether we are part of the recorded scene, and not observers.


Nowhere is the oft turned phrase ‘Less is more’, more apposite than here, where human experience is encompassed with the slightest of means. If ‘Smoke’ persuades us to look at the mystery of the world around us with the cool intensity shown here, then it will have succeeded triumphantly.'


Peter Allam



Sponsors :- The National Endowment for Science, Techonlogy and the Arts


Nadfly Quick Links ImageSmoke

Images from Smoke DVD


Adam Simon

Smoke essay by the screenwriter and director


Download the pdf

Adam Simon essay


Smoke DVD

is available to buy through NADFLY distribution


Smoke Muscians Profiles

Bill Wells

Lol Coxhill


Mike Slaven

Susumu Yokota




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