Exhibition — Photography

‘I’M SORRY DAVE’

Date:
5 November 2022 up to 7 January 2023
Location:
→ The Ravestijn Gallery
Westerdok 824
1013 BV Amsterdam
Open:
  • Monday 12:00—17:00
  • Tuesday 12:00—17:00
  • Wednesday 12:00—17:00
  • Thursday 12:00—17:00
  • Friday 12:00—17:00
  • Saturday 12:00—17:00
Open today from 12:00 to 17:00

First released in 1968, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey soon became a benchmark of science fictionoffering a speculative look into a distinctly dystopian future.

The Dance of Venus, 2019 © Koen Hauser / courtesy The Ravestijn Gallery

Across a sleek and clinical universe of Kubrick’s own design, the movie projected an artificial intelligence so sophisticated that it would, sooner or later, defy its creators; ‘I’m sorry Dave,’ HAL 9000 – the sentient computer – famously tells his human operator, ‘I’m afraid I can’t do that.’

Rianne van Rompaey / H.A.L. 9000, 2019 © Inez & Vinoodh / courtesy The Ravestijn Gallery

Over 50 years since its release, and in spite of the unforeseeable extent of technological advancement, the questions Kubrick’s masterpiece first kicked up remain pertinent. The aesthetic world he constructed, meanwhile, is reflected back in today’s data centres, international space programmes and self-driving cars. To what extent, then, might the foresight and futuristic visual languages of imaginative artists have shaped subsequent innovations in design and technology?

The Ravestijn Gallery is delighted to present ‘I’M SORRY DAVE’ – an exhibition of works by Vincent Fournier (FR), Inez & Vinoodh (NL/US), Bownik (PL), Martina Sauter (DE), Koen Hauser (NL) and Philippe Braquenier (BE). Combining direct 2001 references – from Fournier’s image of a Space Odyssey costume to Inez & Vinoodh’s depiction of the iconic red Djinn chair – with a subtler series of associations, the featured works orbit playfully around the ideas and aesthetics that Kubrick’s film proffered.

Disassembly 7, 2013 © Bownik / courtesy The Ravestijn Gallery