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+ FILM AS FORM (Kubrick's Colour Space) 2007-9

This is one of the first creative projects produced in association with the Stanley Kubrick Archive, which opened its doors at the LCC in 2007. It was exhibited at the Barbican Centre as part of a Kubrick Archive exhibition and screened at the British Film Institute. It was commissioned to be made as a 3d form for the Beyond 2001 exhibition at LCC in 2018


The Stanley Kubrick Archive opened at the London College of Communication in 2007, housing a wealth of archival material and critical writing about the work of the Director Stanley Kubrick. This project was one of the first to utilise the archive.

The project maps archival data related to the film back onto itself to explore spatialised notions of the Film as Database in response to ideas of The Specialist Observer put forward by Laura Mulvey in her book Death 24x a second (2005)

Before Kubrick directed film he was a photo-journalist. 2001: A Space Odyssey can be described as his first colour film (actually it was Spartacus, but SK did not have full directorial control from start to finish on this). 2001 still only uses three dominant colours - black, white and red. The black of space, the white of the spaceships and red which is used to communicate emotion. This limited palette is said to refer back to his time as a black and white photographer - with the red recalling the red of the darkroom lights.

Sequences of the film that use the colour red have been analysed against the information in the archive and spatially mapped as film objects. The scene where the main character of the film, the AI computer HAL, is shutdown by Bowman demonstrates clearly how colour used to express emotion. The outcomes are indexical film forms that communicate temporal and narrative development through form and colour.

These experiments utilise methods of mapping time and spatial sequences which developed through research into work by, among others, Galileo, Surgei Eisenstein, Edward Tufte and Jules Ettienne Marey.

This series of work was screened at the British Film Institute in 2007 and exhibited at the Barbican Centre in 2008. As part of the Kubrick 2008 season I was invited to introduce a film screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Barbican.

Papers about the project were given at the EVA Conference in London and the New Views 2 Conference (Research: Innovation and New Critical Thinking) in 2008, while posters from the project were exhibited at the Melbourne Museum in Australia between 15th November and 15th February 2009.

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