Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

The Shining

The Shining Carpet

- Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

After thoroughly enjoying visiting the

Vogue exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery

, I had been on the lookout for more exhibitions to visit; step in Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House! From July to the end of August, a bunch of various Kubrick inspired art pieces and installations were curated to form this amazing temporary exhibition. From films to installations, a VR experience and paintings, it was a creative feast for the eyes and ears. I'm a huge fan of the creativity surrounding movies, just as much as the artistry bursting from them. I adore any opportunity to explore behind the scenes photography, concept art, or even rifle through paperwork plotting out camera choreography. Anything that allows insight into the process from idea to screen is totally up my street so, whilst the showcase was purely film-inspired, this art fest was a perfect fit.

What I loved about the overall experience was just how immersive and interactive it was. I've always been a very visual person and one who is automatically drawn to activities in museums that require physical involvement. Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick was particularly great at putting you at the centre of the art - quite literally. The piece I loved the most was Toby Dye's

The Corridor

. It involved standing in the middle of four films running simultaneously on screens facing in on another. Watching from under the projectors, my eyes flitted from screen to screen to see

 how the stories on each both unraveled and intertwined together before coming to a close. The movies played on a seamless loop, so Luke and I stood and watched the whole film a couple of times, whispering about all the little details that linked each perspective together. This was something I hadn't ever seen before - with theatre performances being the only experience that holds some comparison - and my mind soon drifted off into thoughts of watching an entire feature-length film like this...

A Clockwork Orange

Philip Castle

When you talk about love you make me feel invisible

Giovanni Estevez

Strobe

Big Bang Mirror

- Haroon Mirza and Anish Kapoor

The Maze

The Shining

- Gavin Turk (2007)

Every time I look over the pictures I took, I can't help but want to describe every single piece in great detail. Some took over large spaces and entire rooms, whilst others were grouped together. One smaller installation that grabbed my attention was a strip of light - Chris Levine's 

Mr. Kubrick is Looking

. It didn't look like much, but if you stood to face it straight on, and darted your eyes left and right, as if by magic, a silhouette of Kubrick's face appeared right in front of you! I also loved 

The Second Law

 by Paul Fryer;

 a frozen Jack Torrance-esque waxwork statue of Stanley, tucked away at the bottom of a narrow corridor. The amount of detail the figure had, as you can see below

, was absolutely insane. I was blown away by how lifelike it was, but couldn't help feeling both fascinated and slightly weary it was about to move as I studied it! Lastly, Norbert Schoerner's

Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums

- a

2001: A Space Odyssey

360° VR experience. Wow. I'd never experienced VR before, and being given the opportunity to virtually walk around the Discovery One, as though you're in

this

scene, was a pretty neat first go! Oh, and I also feel like I should add in a note about the amazing breathing camera by Nancy Fouts here too.

Kubrick's Camera

completely freaked Luke out, but I thought the animatronic replica of Kubrick's camera, that expanded and contracted in time with the sound of breathing, was wickedly clever.

I left the exhibition feeling unbelievably inspired and couldn't help snapping up a poster as a memento from the gift shop. I can't wait to include it on my art wall alongside some post cards I also picked up from Somerset House, as well as my An Evening With Noel Fielding and incredible Stranger Things prints once I've brought tons of frames! I keep randomly remembering little snippets, whether it be sounds, visuals or even patterns and textures, then losing myself in what seems like a vortex of creative thinking. To be honest, I feel like I've been daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick ever since...

Frozen Stanley

The Second Law

- Paul Fryer

Droog Bear

In Consolus - Full of Hope and Full of Fear

- James Lavelle and John Issacs with Azzi Glasser

Don't hurt me! Don't hurt me!

A Gramatical Remark #9

- Joseph Kosuth

Lolita Bear

In Consolus - Full of Hope and Full of Fear

- James Lavelle and John Issacs with Azzi Glasser

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