Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition


The work and legacy of Stanley Kubrick, one of celluloid’s greatest film directors, is celebrated at London’s Design Museum. The Fizz takes a sneak peek…


With its futuristic sets and intelligent technology, epic 1968 sci-fi movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, by legendary US film director Stanley Kubrick, has always been a firm Fizz fave. Rotating stairwells, pre-iPad tablets and spaceports with distinctive ‘Djinn’ chairs by Olivier Mourgue are just a few details which have become iconic design moments on the silver screen, while the HAL 9000 computer (arguably the movie’s biggest star) is a precursor to Alexa and Siri.

Now ’Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’, proving a hot ticket at London’s Design Museum, goes behind the scenes to show how Kubrick created his masterpiece along with other classic movies including ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘Barry Lyndon’ and ‘The Shining’. Running until 15 September, the must-see exhibition dedicates a room to each film displaying handwritten notes, early scripts, costumes, props and models. Rejected designs by US graphic designer Saul Bass for promotional posters for 1980 horror flick ‘The Shining’ are on show, as is a recreation of Howard Johnson’s Earthlight Room from ‘A Space Odyssey’. The droog (gang mate) costume from 1971’s dystopian crime film ‘A Clockwork Orange’ still has a certain frisson today from its associations with ‘a little of the old ultraviolence’.

ABOVE: The gravity-defying rotating stairwell from Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
ABOVE RIGHT: Artificial intelligence in the form of the HAL 9000 computer from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’
BELOW FROM LEFT: English actor Malcolm McDowell as chief droog Alex in ‘A Clockwork Orange‘; A droog costume in the exhibition

Kubrick liked to exercise total control over each of his projects, which almost always drove him to recreate places and spaces on a sound studio rather than go on location. Many of ‘The Shining’’s Rocky Mountains-set scenes in The Overlook Hotel were shot at the UK’s Elstree Studios as were the infamous Dawn of Man ape scenes from ‘A Space Odyssey’. An ingenious projection method was devised to create the illusion that the ape footage was shot outside, just one example of Kubrick’s many experimental processes explored here.

BELOW: The entry to the Design Museum exhibition features a montage of scenes from Kubrick’s films demonstrating his signature ‘one-point perspective’ technique


ABOVE: Stanley Kubrick directs Jack Nicholson on the set of cult classic ‘The Shining’

Kubrick’s ground-breaking design collaborations, including his work with acclaimed German-British talent Ken Adam on set designs for 1964 black comedy/political satire ‘Dr. Strangelove’, are also celebrated in the exhibition. Since Stanley Kubrick’s death in 1999 few film directors have made as big a mark as the great auteur. We highly recommend heading over to the Design Museum to discover why.

‘Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition’ is on now until 15 September 2019 at the Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, London W8. Book in advance online to avoid disappointment as select dates are selling out fast.

Pictures: Warner Bros Entertainment Inc; Ed Reeve

Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne kicks off this weekend, offering you the keys to the city’s most intriguing places and spaces


Annual architecture weekender Open House Melbourne is on this Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 July, unlocking the doors of more than 140 unusual historic and contemporary buildings to the public. Many of these iconic Melbourne spots are normally off limits, so grab your chance to take a sneak peek inside.

The roll call of 2016 buildings open for inspection includes covetable private houses, creative studios and offices, sports facilities and synagogues, upscale shopping malls and electricity sub stations. State buildings, banks and court houses make the cut, and you can even check out a circus, a seafarers' mission and a meat market. A tram depot and Port of Melbourne boat tours will appeal to transport fiends.

Founded in 2008, this popular free festival attracts queues around town to check out the city’s best design and architecture, but you can track the least crowded times to swing by busy sites on Open House's FacebookInstagram and Twitter feeds. On average visitors take in four to five buildings a day, but plan your route first as not all spaces are open both days or for the same hours, and some require advance registration or even a $5 booking fee so may fill out fast. Most visits are self-guided, but there are some pre-reserved tours due to space limitations. If you're too late to book, you may be able to leave your name on select building door lists.

TOP: It looks like a monster took a bite out of the radical 41X high-rise. Picture: John Gollings
ABOVE: Eco features rule on the verdant roof of Council House 2 – CH2; Signal hosts a youth arts initiative in an old signal switching building; train carriages atop Easey Street's End to End Building in Collingwood

Our wish list this year includes Lyons' eco-conscious high-rise hub 41X at 41 Exhibition Street, developed by the Australian Institute of Architects and boasting a radical, colourful facade. Also on a green tip, we recommend Council House 2 – CH2's verdant rooftop, an office building for council staff packed with eco goodness. For edgier urban sites, head to youth arts centre Signal, which occupies Flinders Street Station's last surviving signal switching box, and ITN ArchitectsEnd to End Building in Collingwood, which houses old train carriages on the roof (one now home to Easey's lofty burger joint).

We also fancy checking out Bates, Smart & McCutcheon’s sleek Orica House, one of the country’s first fully glazed skyscrapers and once its highest; COX Architecture’s futuristic 2010 stadium AAMI Park; and Croxen Ramsay’s new event space Glasshouse in Olympic Park, with interiors by Hecker Guthrie.

ABOVE: The Mad Men guys would feel at home in 1958's modernist 20-storey Orica House (ex ICI House) in East Melbourne; AAMI Park stadium sports a geodesic dome and hosts sports and music events. Its roof design uses 50% less steel than a typical stadium of the same size

We’d also like to take a twirl through the studios of influential local architecture practices Woods Bagot, Six Degrees and John Wardle Architects (which shares its building with printed design and art studio Spacecraft).

On the residential front, there's a choice selection of cutting-edge contemporary homes, including the super-skinny Acute House by OOF! Architecture, although almost all are by pre-booked tour only, so get in quick sticks. For something more unusual, fitness fans should take a gander at the two-level Cycle Collective in Richmond, which sports a coffee cart and Pilates studio downstairs and inspiring spin cycle set-up above.

ABOVE: Events space Glasshouse occupies the 1956 Olympic swimming stadium site; Bates Smart's industrial-chic CBD studio; Six Degrees' Fitzroy studio features cliche-busting colour and stained-glass; Bricktastic Cycle Collective is a sociable retreat for spin classes, Pilates or coffee

Also on offer are events, exhibitions, workshops, screenings, talks and tours, with many extending throughout the year. This weekend you can 'Meet the Young Guns of Melbourne' to refuel over coffee, breakfast or a drink at cafes and bars designed by emerging talent, or join a quirky Rooftop and Landscape Tour. Don't miss new exhibition 'Occupied' at RMIT Design Hub (until 24 September 2016), which looks at housing pressures in our mushrooming metropolises. Access all areas!

Open House Melbourne runs from 10am to 4pm Saturday 30 to Sunday 31 July 2016

Nite Art 2015


Art-loving Melburnian vampires are in luck; Nite Art strikes again, with galleries open late across town tonight


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Fancy getting a Melbourne art fix? Now in its third year, Nite Art sees 30 art sites open late across three central precincts from 6pm tonight (Thursday 23 July). With more than 75 artists on display, it encourages fans to wander the city, checking out photography, painting, drawing, installations, sculpture, printmaking, and digital and light works, plus art happenings, talks and walks. DesignFizz can vouch for the fun factor, having cycled around 21 studios, museums and galleries on Nite Art’s debut event, stopping to quaff beers along the way. Who said art was intimidating?

To map out your Nite download a map, which details the three core precincts – City Central, Arts Precinct – Federation Square and the atmospheric University of Melbourne, plus some Open House Melbourne spaces. See our FizzPicks below or follow Nite Art’s suggested routes Mix it Up 1, Mix It Up 2 and Nite Seekers

City Central
Boasting 16 spaces, City Central precinct is a great place to start, including galleries in the historic, multi-level Nicholas Building (37 Swanston Street) and along popular eat-street Flinders Lane (look out for the projection wall by Roy Chu outside Chin Chin). Snoop around Blender Studios (110 Franklin Street), then see Dark Horse Experiment’s curated group show in the main space, including Adrian Doyle’s paintings riffing on suburban Australia. Next up, head to nearby Screen Space (ground floor, 30 Guildford Lane), where Amie Siegel and Victor Burgin’s exhibitions explore the connections between modernist architecture and new media technology. Fans of interiors should also make for the White Library, a small sculpture by Ruth Johnstone at the Athenaeum Library (188 Collins Street) inserting blank tablets among the shelves, a reflection of the compression of information in the digital age.

Arts Precinct – Federation Square
Online pre-bookings for Melinda Hetzel’s site-specific performance Fly By Night, journeying through the secret passageways of Hamer Hall (100 St Kilda Road), have been snapped up but walk-ups will be permitted where possible. It’s a participatory promenade involving dance theatre, music and digital technology. The central Arts Precinct – Federation Square zone also takes in two shows at ACMI (Federation Square), including inspiring new exhibition David Bowie is (on until 1 November 2015), which shares the influential videos, films, album artwork, stage designs and costumes of the genderbending UK music star. 

ABOVE: Julia Weissenberg’s Nothing to Retain (video still), Total House
ABOVE RIGHT: Nite Art's laser-eyed poster by Work Art Life Studios

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ABOVE FROM TOP: Adrian Doyle’s Never Forget to Remember painting at Dark Horse Experiment; Late-night hub The Ian Potter Museum of Art

The University of Melbourne
The seven spaces around the University of Melbourne offer individual exhibitions and group shows such as Light Speculation at The Carlton Connect Initiative LAB–14 (700 Swanston Street, Carlton), which looks at light as a wondrous phenomenon. It includes Erica Seccombe’s GROW, a projection of mung beans and alfalfa germinating in 4D, which resemble alien life forms. The zone also hosts several shows involving Liquid Architecture, featuring sound installation and video, at the Melbourne School of Design (Masson Road), allowing access to its Japanese Room, designed by architect Shigeru Yura.

Open House Melbourne
Tying in with Open House Melbourne, which throws open the doors to intriguing spaces around town this weekend (25 and 26 July), a clutch of Open House Melbourne x Nite Art sites form part of tonight’s offerings. Julia Weissenberg’s Nothing to Retain is a two-channel video exploring a temporary reconstruction of a Mies van der Rohe-designed building that was never built. It’s being screened at Total House (aka TV House, 170-190 Russell Street), a hybrid car park/office/night club building which is one of Melbourne’s best examples of Japanese-inspired Brutalist architecture. Added to the Victorian Heritage Register in 2014 and home to various design studios, it’s still the subject of debates about its preservation or redevelopment. The Default Collective’s site-specific video here focusses on the entrance lift. Booking essential.

Late-Night Hub
Wrap up at the event’s late-night hub at The Ian Potter Museum of Art (801 Swanston Street, Carlton), where you can enjoy a drink from 10pm until midnight. Julie Rrap’s video will be projected onto the building's wall and Melbourne band The Orbweavers will play around 10.15pm (just hashtag those dance moves #niteart15!). Alternatively, late-opening Art Bars around town include GoGo Bar (125 Flinders Lane) under Chin Chin, Bar Americano (20 Presgrave Place) and Hell’s Kitchen (20a Centre Place). Culture and cocktails go together like a Swanston Street horse and carriage!

Nite Art is on from 6pm until late tonight, Thursday 23 July 2015, in Melbourne