Toby Dye’s The Corridor is a love letter to the work of Stanley Kubrick. The origins of the idea came from the seemingly never-ending camera zooms of Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon. Dye wanted to create a film installation in which the audience felt part of the world presented, immersed inside a focusing aperture that never ends. That concept grew and grew into something that was, at times, infuriatingly ambitious to make, but in the tradition of the man through which it was inspired. It is viewed from inside in a square room in which all four walls are filled with the same never-ending tracking shot, travelling down the same identical corridor. Each of the four clips sees a different character journeying along their own never-ending narrative. The stories bleed into one another, with characters crossing into each other’s locations as the stories weave together to form a disorientating, hypnotic, Kubrickian tale of control, violence and the doomed cycle of power.
Shaping a Space for Artists’ Film, at the Future Now Symposium, highlights the connections between distribution, production and curation of artists’ film and moving image, recognising the fluidity of the genre. What is the crossover between contemporary fine art practice and mainstream cinema? James Boaden (University of York) and Sarah Perks (Home) look at the way the medium is exhibited and how this can challenge perceptions, as well as noting the current platforms available in terms of distribution. An important question is asked: What is the key difference between being an artist and a filmmaker?
The session runs 26 May, York St John University. For more information: www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/symposium-2017
The Corridor has been shortlisted for the 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize. A new Virtual Reality version of the work can be seen at York Art Gallery as part of the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition from 26 May. For more information: www.aestheticamagazine.com/art-prize/exhibition
1. Trailer for The Corridor. Courtesy of Toby Dye and Vimeo.