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Kubrick: Designing Worlds

Explore the legacy of Stanley Kubrick and his impact on design in this symposium from leading designers and theorists.

What to expect

Over the span of fifty years, the film-director Stanley Kubrick created films that defied genres, shocked the public, and challenged conceptions of what cinema might be. Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail, Kubrick worked closely with many designers throughout his career to construct a series of unique cinematic worlds, from the brutalist dystopia of A Clockwork Orange to the futuristic space-station of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

This two-day symposium will explore the legacy of Stanley Kubrick’s films and their impact on design. Drawing on the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum and the Stanley Kubrick Archive held at the Archives and Special Collections Centre, UAL, this symposium aims to illuminate discussions around the practices that underpin film production, extending the range of engaged disciplines beyond the screen towards the design of imagined worlds and virtual reality.

Presentations will stimulate discussion around the impact of Kubrick’s work in the designed world, from traditional forms such as costume design to contemporary practices in speculative design and documentary film-making. Participants will also be introduced to UAL's Stanley Kubrick Archive and how it is used by students and researchers.

Discussion and debate will develop themes of practice-related issues with academics from UAL and international collaborators.

Participants will also have access to the Design Museum’s current exhibition Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition as a part of the symposium.

BNC Mitchell camera with the Zeiss lens used to film Barry Lyndon

Costume of Alex from A Clockwork Orange

Centrifuge model from 2001 A Space Odyssey

Model of the maze from The Shining

War Room model from Dr. Strangelove

Booking information

Day 1: Adult: £35
Student/Concession: £25
Member: £25

Day 2: Adult: £35
Student/Concession: £25
Member: £25

2-Day Pass Adult: £50
Student/Concession: £40
Member: £40


Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century.

In collaboration with

University of the Arts London [UAL] is the official academic partner of the Design Museum for the Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition. The archive of acclaimed filmmaker Stanley Kubrick is held at the University Archives and Special Collections Centre, London College of Communication, UAL.