Cult of the Month: Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick

at Somerset House

Such an impressive list of artists and collaborations for a great homage to Stanley Kubrick

It reminds me of immersive theatre venues, although Somerset House is not such an innovative venue, and it’s just probably a long corridor.  Each work of art is interesting in a different way, but here are the most impressive.

Toby Dye “The corridor”. A short film told in each of the walls, each telling a part of it.  Beautifully filmed.  The music finishes off the magical aura.
Pink Twins “Overlook”.  It’s like colors bathing a story.

Doug Aitken “Twilight”.  The mirrored room gives the payphone sculpture such a sense of loneliness, of isolation.  So Kubrick.

Lavelle, Isaacs, Glasser “Full of Hope and Full of Fear”. I don’t know if the teddies are meant to be loving, but they are certainly scary.  The room gives you a sense of an uneasiness for the future

Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones “End Credits”. Stunning.  My favourite without doubts.  Would love to have it at home and submerge in it every night.

Haroon Mirza and Anish Kapoor “Bit Bang Mirror”  Love these artists’ installations.  Love Lisson Gallery too.  I love my senses stimulated.

 

Cult of the Month: new Tate Modern building

New Tate Modern building

  Having gone to visit the new Tate Modern building after the Opening Weekend, I regret to have missed the special events.

   The building is astounding, though art exposed is not that impressive, not even the tree sculpture by Ai Wei Wei.  A mix of new  and previously exposed pieces.  The fascination relates more to the still empty space.

    Massive rooms that I so wanted to belong to me, amazing for rehearsals and working live studios.  Will expect the Tate warehouses to empty in the coming weeks and have expectations for what the curators will come up in the new areas.

     The restaurant will undoubtedly be very popular, specially on Friday evenings. With excellent views and light bathing the space, furnished in a very Swedish style.

 

 

 

Watch: “High Rise”

   Dark and riveting, focusing on the surreal and absurd, it’s based on the 1970’s J.G. Ballard novel.  It’s very Ballard, and it feels contemporaneous.  I can somehow see it developing in my apartment block.

   Couldn’t figure it out straight away, but it so reminds me of “Anything for a Quiet Life”, a short film by Complicite.  Which is a good thing.

Hilarious, disturbing, kafkaesque

 

   

   Excellent name dropping, with charismatic british actors galore, starting with Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans and a hilarious James Purefoy, who is either taking his role too seriously or not at all;  and Kate Moss’s wannabees Sienna Miller and Mary Charteris or someone similar.

   I was only the other day, while watching “The Night Manager”, comparing Hiddleston with Jeremy Irons, and then, there you are, side by side.  Hiddleston appears to be much content, while Irons is always tortured, whatever he plays, undoubtedly deeper and with many more layers than the younger version.

   In any case, Tom Hiddleston, as it’s becoming the norm, wears the tightest shirts and suits, specially around his bottom, or nothing at all.  Hiddleston, who appears to have such a skinny frame, surprises with a ribbed succulent body with not an ounce of fat and worked out muscles.

   May become a cult classic.  Or the kind of film people talks about but not that many got to see.  A different kind of blockbuster.