Stanley Kubrick 2001 exhibits at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

Posted: 31st October 2014

Against the backdrop of a new Space Race and debates around the future use of inter-planetary energy resources, ‘They Used to Call it the Moon’ is a group exhibition at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art exploring the enduring iconography of the moon in the artistic imagination. 

Part of the exhibition consists in a group of important pieces relating to the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey in the 1960s, and loaned to Northern Film & Media and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art by the Stanley Kubrick Archive. The pieces reveal Kubrick’s visionary insights into his restaging of the lunar landscape for the cult film. Documents include sample scripts and early dialogue between Kubrick and legendary sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke, whose short story The Sentinel was the inspiration for the film. Other works selected offer a tantalising glimpse into a pre-digital, pre-CGI world of filmmaking.

Developed and expanded from the popular research presentation at BALTIC 39, ‘They Used to Call it the Moon’ includes other work from the 1990s to the present, alongside a number of projects made especially for BALTIC’s Level 4 gallery. Original lunar maps, photographs from the 1969-72 NASA Apollo missions are also on show. With a focus on lunar mythology past and present, real, fictional, utopian and dystopian visions are presented inthen exhibition, highlighting the continual politicisation and democratisation of space. The exhibition brings together artists from Pakistan, France, Germany, Croatia, the US and UK working in film, photography, drawing, sculpture and collage.

When: 31 October 2014 - 11 January 2015

Where: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (Level 4), Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA

For more on the exhibition please click here. A series of related events is now booking and further events in partnership between NFM and BALTIC will be announced shortly.

We would like to thank the Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts, London, for their help in making this activity possible.

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