I’m a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s work so finding out that LCC had an archive dedicated to his body of work was really exciting and play a huge part in my decision to study here. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting the archive, viewing artifacts from the vast majority of his films, including the one I was particularly excited to see – 2001: A Space Odyssey. The collected artifacts range from film props used on set to technical drawings created by leading technology companies of the time that speculated on possible future technologies. Most of the commissions didn’t even appear in the film and simply existed as source material for the overall visual aesthetic, indicating the level of detail that Kubrick required.
Having heard about the ‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’ exhibition at Somerset House, I was looking forward to seeing how other artists, musicians and filmmakers would respond to his films – and it did not disappoint! It was really inspiring to see such a range of work – sound, sculpture, moving image, even virtual reality – all adding a new dimension to Kubrick’s cinematic work.
One piece that I found particularly inspiring, so much so I didn’t want to leave the instillation, was ‘The Corridor’ by Toby Dye – a walk in cinematic music video playing out across four screens. The dramatic narrative and music lyrics were accentuated by a Kubrick-esque application of single point perspective cinematography. But what I enjoyed the most was its 360 degree presentation across four screens which allowed for an incredibly immersive and unique viewer experience.
The films instillation presented the viewers with an opportunity to find and follow their own preferred narrative within four simultaneous, interweaving narratives on a continuous loop. These characteristics can be seen in database driven narratives, offering sudo-infinite story lines within the control of the original directors vision. I intent to take these concepts forward into my own experimentation.