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Open the pod bay doors please, HAL


Galerie pompom, 15th March - 9th April, 2017

Dave: Open the pod bay doors, please,
Hal...Open the pod bay doors, please, Hal...
Hullo, Hal, do you read me?...
Hullo, Hal, do you read me?...
Do you read me, Hal?...
Do you read me, Hal?...
Hullo, Hal, do you read me?...
Hullo, Hal, do you read me?...
Do you read me, Hal?
HAL: Affirmative, Dave, I read you.
Dave: Open the pod bay doors, Hal.
HAL: I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

This dialogue is transcribed from the 1968 film ‘2001: Space Odyssey’, directed by Stanley Kubrick. In this scene, the antagonistic relationship between crew member David Bowman
and HAL, the ship’s computer, comes to a dangerous impasse. This is one of the most seminal moments in science fiction film. This aspect of the film deals with the complex relationship
between humans, technology and artificial intelligence. In this moment, David Bowman is trapped on the wrong side of the ship’s pod bay doors, in the dangerous cold of outer space
rather than in the relative safety of the ship’s interior.

By painting significant props from influential childhood science fiction films and TV, Norton has referenced a number of these special science fiction moments, when the individual
narratives deal with the interface between the inside and outside of deep space. Together they turn the gallery into a ‘Loading Bay’ of science fiction’s past; the jumping off point
for a generation of science fiction obsessed kids.