‘The Corridor’ is a groundbreaking film installation by Toby Dye created for the ‘Daydreaming with…Stanley Kubrick’ art exhibition which ran summer 2016 at Somerset House, London. Curated by James Lavelle, Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, the ‘Daydreaming With… Stanley Kubrick’ exhibition showcased art works inspired by one of the most innovative and influential film makers of all time, Stanley Kubrick.Toby Dye’s inspiration of the idea that grew into the ‘The Corridor’ came from the seemingly never-ending camera zooms of Kubrick’s Bary Lyndon. Dye wanted to make a film installation that was based around a camera zoom that seemed to genuinely never end. That idea grew and grew into something that was, at times, infuriatingly ambitious to make, but hopefully in the best tradition of the man who inspired it.
Click here for a video showcasing the installation in it’s Somerset House location.
‘The Corridor’, starring British Icon, Joanna Lumley and Aidan Gillen (‘Game of Thrones’) is an homage to Kubrickian stylistic and thematic motifs. The audience is immersed in a large square room where all four walls are filled with the same never-ending tracking shot travelling down the same identical corridor. Each of the four films sees a different character, inspired from Kubrick’s filmography, journeying down their own never-ending narratives. Each story at various points bleeds into one another, with characters crossing into each other’s corridors as the four stories weave together to form a disorientating, hypnotic, Kubrickian tale of control, violence and the doomed cycle of power.
The installation plays on a seamless continuous loop, without any visible joins – both the tracking shots and the action within them looping back on themselves invisibly. It provides an infinite, immersive and interactive experience that enables the viewer to self edit the piece, creating a new perspective on each subsequent viewing.
In a final nod to the master, ‘The Corridor’ is scored to a specially looped version ‘Lonely Soul’ (ft Richard Ashcroft) from UNKLEs seminal ‘Psyence Fiction’ album, as Kubrick had expressed interest in directing the music video for the track, but died before these ambitions were realised. Whilst ‘The Corridor’ is not intended to be the video Kubrick might have made, it is made in tribute to him.
‘The Corridor’ was consistently singled out as the star of the Kubrick estate endorsed show that received over 100,000 visitors. Time Out London called it “Spectacular”, Shots described it as “Epic…a ground-breaking installation” and the Daily Telegraph praised it as “mind-boggling, funny and mildly disturbing” along with a piece on the BBC News it racked up over 50 write-ups, spanning magazines, newspapers and online. High Snobiety commented, ‘This is the music video Kubrick never got to make. A masterful piece of work that not only pays homage to Kubrick but also brings an extra dimension to a filmography that you thought could not be improved upon.”