Kubrick: Art and Prophecies

When you gaze upon the works of Michelangelo from around 1500 it does not matter when it was made, it is purely good art that has stood the test of time. The Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey released in 1968 is another piece of fine art that has stood the test of time. The film is as effective today as it was nearly 50 years ago.
2001: A Space Odyssey is beautifully crafted and inspired many musicians like David Bowie and a generation of future astronauts. In fact, looking at NASAâ’s status report from Sunday, February 11, 2001 – Mission Control woke the Atlantis astronauts with the sounds of the “Blue Danube Waltz” from the movie. This was moments before the astronauts entered the newly installed Destiny Laboratory of the International Space station and instigated a major milestone for human space travel.
The film juxtaposes different periods of human milestones and possible future scientific and social developments. Juxtaposition also occurs with the music of Strauss from 1866 with the micropolyphony developed by György Ligeti in the 1960s.
There is another strong juxtaposition of the incredible effective IBM HAL computer and how difficult this machine can make a humanâ’s life. The help and hindrance of a computer is a wonderful piece of a prophecy made before personal computers were available but is pertinent to many of us in 2017.


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