Kubrick by Roob – X


Whilst writing yesterday’s post, Elena posted news on MEROVEE of a potential Fifth Force of Nature – a ‘protophobic X boson

Elena A Void and Frank on X boson

If true, it’s revolutionary,” study lead author Jonathan Feng, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine, said in a statement.

“For decades, we’ve known of four fundamental forces: gravitation, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces,”

So after my interview this morning and before going home, I visited Somerset House to see ‘Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick’.

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick (2)

There were mirrors…

No.10 ‘Twilight‘ by Doug Aitken

‘Aitken’s sculpture recalls the public pay phone used, futilely, to avert nuclear catastrophe in Dr. Strangelove. Bathed in a luminous glow, this familiar object takes on a foreign nature, appearing as a relic from a bygone civilization suspended in time.’




No.21 ‘Gravity All Nonsense Now’ by Harland Miller

‘Both an artist and writer, Miller has based many of his paintings on classic Penguin-book covers. With his acute sense of detail for the timeworn covers and fascination for typefaces, he often incorporates his own humorous and ironic phrases. Here he creates a cover for Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.’

Another mirror…

Blue Vibration

No.39 ‘Bit Bang Mirror‘ by Haroon Mirza and Anish Kapoor

‘The skillful interplay of dissonant sound and controlled light to create a heighened sense of drama is central to Kubrick’s filmmaking. Mirza’s immersive installation incorporates a concave mirror by Kapoor, and used the tension between sound and light to illicit both psychological and visual discomfort in the viewer.’

Weak and strong nuclear forces 😉

No.44 Trident; A Strange Love by Peter Kennard, Music by UNKLE

‘Kennard’s installation juxtaposes images of characters from Dr. Strangelove with world leaders charged with nuclear arsenals. Using imagery of the film’s famous War Room, he shows that the ghosts of the past still inhabit the present.’

It was a really interesting exhibition and I may post some more on it again as I have some cool pix. But I’ll finish this post with my favourite. It’s actually two installations but their unintended ‘marriage’ made me giggle. The first…

No.3 PYRE by Stuart Haygarth

‘Haygarth’s glowing tower of electric fires refers to a scene in The Shining which Kubrick shot twice, once for Jack Nicholson’s take, and once to capture the roaring fireplace. Kubrick’s frequent use of fire as a motif in the Shining was echoed ironically in the coincidental accidental burning down of the film’s set during production in 1979.’

was combined with…

No.9 ‘The Shining Carpet’ by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

‘Broomberg and Chanarin’s installation translates the famous carpet design from the Overlook Hotel, the fictional location of The Shining, to the exhibition space. Crossing the boundaries of fiction and reality, this act recalls the ambiguous narrative of Kubrick’s horror masterpiece.’


… plus a dash of ‘Elf & Safety, made me smile 😀

fire carpet


Have a Song 😀