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Applied Ballardianism forthcoming from Urbanomic in 2017

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 03:13:57 +0000

Forthcoming from Urbanomic in late 2017 - Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing by Simon Sellars. Fleeing the excesses of 90s cyberculture, a young researcher sets out to systematically analyse the obsessively reiterated themes of a writer who prophesied the disorienting future we now inhabit. The story of his failure is as disturbingly psychotropic as those of his magus—J.G. Ballard, voluptuary of the car crash, surgeon of the pathological virtualities pulsing beneath the surface of reality. An existential odyssey inextricably weaving together lived experience and theoretical insight, this startling autobiographical hyperfiction surveys and dissects a world that is unmistakably Ballardian.



Taking the Top Off His Skull: The Genesis of J.G. Ballard’s Crash

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:29:16 +0000

To celebrate the imminent release of Crash: the Collector's Edition, Mike Holliday takes a look at the development of the ideas behind this, Ballard’s most notorious book. As he discovers, Crash was years in the making, many of its ideas first appearing the previous decade.



Tin Ear: J.G. Ballard’s Novels Translated into Sound

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 13:33:41 +0000

Tin Ear: Translating Ballard's Novels into Sound - A Spotify Playlist. From thrash metal to glam to new romantic to ambient to folk to J-pop to dubious pop. Some reverentially Ballardian, some accidentally Ballard...



Applied Ballardianism: A Theory of Nothing

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:21:00 +0000

The subject developed a theory, ‘Applied Ballardianism’, that made the case for Ballard as a philosopher of hypercapitalism, but all it did was give him licence to indulge his darkest impulses, including a morbid obsession with the occult and a penchant for instigating squalid little street brawls.



‘Working for the building’: An Interview with Ben Wheatley

Mon, 30 May 2016 12:27:01 +0000

Ben Wheatley's High-Rise opened earlier this year, garnering praise, bemusement and opprobrium in roughly equal measure. In this exclusive interview, Wheatley tells us about the process of adapting the film, his attraction to Ballard, and his working relationship with scriptwriter and editor Amy Jump. Welcome to the High-Rise.



High-Rise: All the Trailers and Clips So Far

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 10:44:21 +0000

High-Rise, Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel, is released in the UK on 18 March. To celebrate, here's a collection of all the clips and trailers so far.



Why I Want to Fuck Donald Trump

Sat, 05 Mar 2016 12:11:50 +0000

Donald Trump as a series of posture concepts, basic equations which re-formulate the roles of aggression and anality.



High-Rise: All the Posters So Far

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:56:06 +0000

Feast your eyes on all the promotional posters for Ben Wheatley's High-Rise... "There comes a time when some sort of radical action is needed. Some of my novels, like High-Rise, are terrorist novels in that they're designed to deliberately provoke." J.G. Ballard.



Death is in the Air: Startling New Images from High-Rise

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:56:37 +0000

A clutch of amazing new stills from Ben Wheatley's High-Rise have been released into the wild. This photo essay explores how Wheatley taps into Ballardian myth beyond the source novel, alongside quotes from High-Rise itself.



High-Rise: Wheatley vs Cronenberg

Tue, 15 Dec 2015 11:30:03 +0000

High-Rise, Ben Wheatley's much-anticipated adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel, goes on general release in March 2016. The first trailer was released recently, bringing excitement to the boil, for not only does the trailer adapt Ballard, it also homages Cronenberg.



Towards Year Zero: Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:41:49 +0000

In September 2015, Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Reactions covered the entire spectrum: people loved it, people loathed it, people were bored by it. The UK premiere was in London recently, and Mike Holliday attended; he loved it. His verdict? A very worthy addition to the growing catalogue of Ballard feature films.



Mad Max: ‘Punk’s Sistine Chapel’ – A Ballardian Primer

Fri, 03 Apr 2015 12:00:38 +0000

Fury Road, the fourth film in the Mad Max series, is released on 15 May. Ballard loved Mad Max 2, going so far as to anoint it 'Punk's Sistine Chapel'. To celebrate George Miller's latest masterpiece, we are proud to present this Ballardian primer to the Mad Max Universe.



Venus Smiled: Tribute to Claire Walsh

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:52:03 +0000

Recently, Claire Walsh died after battling with cancer. She was an editor and literary publicist, and J.G. Ballard's long-time partner. Her intellect matched Ballard's and pushed him into new territories, inspiring some of his best work. Collecting quotes from Ballard, Claire and articles from Ballardian and beyond, this tribute to Claire Walsh illustrates their symbiotic relationship.



CRASH: Adaptación de un fragmento de la novela de J. Ballard

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 01:18:08 +0000

The Ballardian is proud to present Crash by Argentine graphic artist Sanyú, a graphic adaptation of a fragment of Ballard’s novel by that name, originally published in 1991 in legendary Argentine magazine Fierro.



London Event: Simon Sellars: A Secret History of Ballardian Cinema

Mon, 26 May 2014 00:37:26 +0000

Join Simon Sellars (publisher of ballardian.com, and co-editor of Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard) for a multimedia excursion through the alternate history of Ballard’s impact on film. Shoreditch, London, 28 May.



Extreme Metaphors: ‘A Launchpad for Other Explorations’

Sat, 01 Feb 2014 02:53:17 +0000

To celebrate the new paperback edition of Extreme Metaphors: Selected Interviews with J.G. Ballard, here's Simon Sellars' introduction to the book, which explores the true power of Ballard's conversational style.



The J.G. Ballard Book: An Interview with Rick McGrath

Mon, 02 Dec 2013 10:09:21 +0000

Mike Holliday's interview with Ballard fan Rick McGrath, who self-published The JG Ballard Book, an anthology of archival Ballard interviews, articles about JGB and other Ballardiana, including unpublished Ballard letters.



Crash and the Aesthetics of Disappearance

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 23:53:30 +0000

Art critic Andrew Frost explores the power of J.G. Ballard's crashed-car metaphor as it spans two exhibitions 42 years apart: Ballard's own 'Crashed Cars' show of 1970, and Ms&Mr's 2012 Ballard-referencing video exhibition, Videodromes for the Alone: Amputee for the Neurotic Future 1988/2012.



‘No Original Response’: J.G. Ballard predicts Social Media, CCTV, Reality TV

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 11:38:08 +0000

A post at Buzzfeed has been doing the rounds this week, on how J.G. Ballard “predicted social media in 1977". According to Buzzfeed, “he made this uncanny observation in a Vogue essay". Here's Simon Sellars' response, in text excerpted from his forthcoming book Applied Ballardianism, about life through a Ballardian lens. Read on for Ballard's disturbing warning about the dangers that await when we have the capacity to broadcast "the inside of our heads"...



Cosmic Sentinels and Spiral Jetties: J.G. Ballard, Robert Smithson & Tacita Dean

Sun, 03 Mar 2013 04:37:15 +0000

Tacita Dean's new film, JG, is currently on view at the Arcadia University Art Gallery. JG is inspired by Dean's correspondence with J.G. Ballard, and explores connections between his short story 'The Voices of Time' and Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty. To celebrate Dean's new work, Andrew Frost explores the enduring and mysterious relationship between Ballard, Smithson and Dean.



‘Zones of Transition’: Micronationalism in the work of J.G. Ballard

Fri, 28 Dec 2012 03:51:17 +0000

Simon Sellars re-reads Ballardian space in light of the idiosyncratic, real-world phenomenon of micronations, tracing parallels between Ballard's physical and psychological spaces and Marc Augé's idea of 'non-place'.



Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967-2008

Sun, 23 Sep 2012 08:07:10 +0000

Announcing the publication of Extreme Metaphors: Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967-2008, the first-ever collection of interviews with J.G. Ballard. Edited by Simon Sellars and Dan O'Hara, published by Fourth Estate (2012).



‘The Dead Astronaut’: RIP Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012

Sun, 26 Aug 2012 15:02:06 +0000

In the wake of Neil Armstrong's death, we recall Ballard's enigmatic relationship to the First Man on the Moon.



In Defence of the Virtual: A Secret History of Ballardian Film Adaptations

Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:08:48 +0000

Recently, it was announced that Christian Bale was returning to Ballard, set to star in Brad Anderson's version of Concrete Island. But given the recent hype surrounding Vincenzo Natali’s proposed adaptation of High-Rise, and the non-appearance of that film, is this destined to be yet another 'vapourware' adaptation, joining the long string of phantom Ballard films 'starring' Jean Seberg, Richard Gere and Samuel L. Jackson? And is that such a bad thing?



David Pelham: The Art of Inner Space

Sun, 26 Feb 2012 09:52:51 +0000

David Pelham produced perhaps the most Ballardian images ever to grace the covers of Ballard's novels, prompted by this brief from the author himself: '‘monumental/tombstones/airless thermonuclear landscape/horizons/a zone devoid of time’. Here, Pelham discusses his apocalyptic art with James Pardey.



Apollo Roulette, Part 2

Mon, 06 Feb 2012 11:58:18 +0000

In this, the final thrilling instalment of Brian Baker's Apollo Roulette, the sequel to his 2009 Fleming/Ballard mashup, Baker continues to apply the method to desert imagery in Ballard's work, uncovering the deadly secret that powers the American 'nuclear state': an apocalyptic game of APOLLO ROULETTE!



Apollo Roulette: part 1

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 02:29:20 +0000

In this sequel to Brian Baker's Ian Fleming/J.G. Ballard mashup from 2009, Baker applies the method to desert imagery in Ballard's work. Finally, we are able to uncover the secret logic at play in the American 'nuclear state' - a deadly game of APOLLO ROULETTE!



‘A temporarily tame tiger’: Brigid Marlin on J.G. Ballard, Paul Delvaux and surrealist art

Tue, 03 Jan 2012 03:11:01 +0000

Andrew Bishop's fascinating interview with artist Brigid Marlin, who created for Ballard two of the more enduring symbols of his career: reproductions of lost paintings by surrealist Paul Delvaux, which adorned Ballard's Shepperton home and formed beguiling conversation pieces for visiting interviewers.



Animal Spirits: A Ballardian Bestiary

Sun, 11 Dec 2011 13:23:45 +0000

In this excerpt from his book Animal Spirits, Matteo Pasquinelli explains how 'the novels of J.G. Ballard can describe the nature of technology and the contemporary mediascape better than any philosopher, media theorist or cultural studies academic — a sort of political agenda born from the perspective of science fiction'.



Outpost 13: The Atrocity Exhibition

Mon, 03 Oct 2011 11:54:55 +0000

An excerpt from 'Outpost 13: The Atrocity Exhibition', directed by Mark C and produced by Outpost 13: Stuart Argabright, Mark C and Kent Heine. The film is based on J.G. Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition, part of a performance piece featuring o13 performing the soundtrack live.



RIP Elizabeth Taylor: A Ballardian Primer

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 13:12:14 +0000

With the sad news of Elizabeth Taylor's passing, the time seems right to review the appearance of this enigmatic actress across a significant chapter in Ballard's work, spanning the 1966 publication of the experimental story 'The Atrocity Exhibition' through to 1973 and the notorious novel Crash.



‘Flesh dissolved in an acid of light’: the B-movie as second sight

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 09:58:01 +0000

What is the link between the film X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), directed by Roger Corman, the film They Live (1988), directed by John Carpenter, and the work of J.G. Ballard? Nothing less than the B-movie as a rearguard response to the gathering global and economic forces of late capitalism.



Fulfillment in a time of nihilism: John Gray and J.G. Ballard

Sun, 27 Feb 2011 02:06:48 +0000

The political theorist John Gray has long been an enthusiastic admirer of J.G. Ballard, and Ballard often expressed appreciation for Gray's work. Mike Holliday examines the essental nature of this 'two-man mutual admiration society'.



Flaunting Conventions: Paolozzi, Ballard and Bax

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 01:44:39 +0000

To promote the one-day conference 'Eduardo Paolozzi Re-readings' at Manchester Metropolitan University on 18 February, we present excerpts from David Brittain's essay on the relationship between Paolozzi, Ballard and Ambit's Martin Bax.



Myths of a Near Future: Simon Sellars, Bruce Sterling and V. Vale

Mon, 15 Nov 2010 06:00:44 +0000

Two years ago, Simon Sellars, Bruce Sterling and V. Vale appeared on a panel, ‘Myths of a Near Future’, to discuss the work of J.G. Ballard. Our friend Tim Chapman was in the audience and he has kindly transcribed the discussion. Here it is, two years late, but hopefully still of interest: ‘Myths of a Near Future’.



‘Human or other; depends who comes’: the Ballardian films of Paul Williams

Tue, 19 Oct 2010 06:30:41 +0000

Introducing the incredible short films of Paul Williams, who, stationed in Abu Dhabi, mines a unique nexus of Ballard, Islam, rampant development, industrial isolation and subsonic hums.



The Edgelands: ‘where the future waits to happen’

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 09:33:56 +0000

There's a brief Ballard mention in my latest photo-essay, 'Postcards from the Edgelands (for Marion Shoard)', originally published in Infrastructure as Architecture: Designing Composite Networks, Katrina Stoll & Scott Lloyd (eds), Berlin: Jovis, 2010. The essay uses the work of one of my main influences, the environmentalist Marion Shoard, and her research into the 'edgelands' ('the interfacial interzone between urban and rural'), in order to address Infrastructure as Architecture's main enquiry: is the involvement of architects necessary to shape the development of infrastructural design?



Affirmative architectural dystopias

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 11:44:31 +0000

Next week, I’ll be speaking on 'affirmative architectural dystopias' at Monash University's conference Changing the Climate: Utopia, Dystopia and Catastrophe. I'm on a panel representing Pia Ednie-Brown’s Plastic Futures project at the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory, RMIT University. My paper is centred around the theories of François Roche, Greg Lynn and Ballard, but it also considers the work of Nic Clear, Archigram, Bruce Sterling, Geoff Manaugh and Marion Shoard.



Ballardian Architecture: Inner and Outer Space

Tue, 17 Aug 2010 01:44:34 +0000

Via Static TV, film of discussions at the Ballardian Architecture: Inner and Outer Space symposium, Royal Academy of Arts. The event was chaired by Jeremy Melvin and speakers included John Gray, Nic Clear, David Cunningham, Nigel Coates, Matthew Taunton, Chris Hall, Joanne Murray, Dan Holdsworth, Tim Abrahams and Claire Walsh.



A Fascist State? Another Look at Kingdom Come and Consumerism

Wed, 07 Jul 2010 11:21:39 +0000

Ballard’s final novel, Kingdom Come, a dystopian account of consumerism as a type of ’soft fascism’, received lukewarm reviews and suggestions that the author was, perhaps, finally losing his touch. Others were eager to point to parallels between it and events around us: aggressive car commercials, racist behaviour by sports fanatics. In this article, Mike Holliday re-examines Kingdom Come and asks: can we really equate consumerism with fascism?



The Emergence of the Posthuman Subject

Wed, 30 Jun 2010 05:55:47 +0000

Conference registration details for The Emergence of the Posthuman Subject, 2-3 July 2010. To be Held at University of Surrey, Continuing Education Centre (CEC), 2nd Floor Senate House.



Landscapes From a Dream: How the Art of David Pelham Captured the Essence of J G Ballard’s Early Fiction

Mon, 14 Jun 2010 13:52:33 +0000

For Ballard surrealist art was one of many possible routes to inner space. But inner space in its quintessentially Ballardian form needed something other than surrealist reproductions on the covers of his books. This was the challenge facing David Pelham, when Penguin's Ballard titles came up for reprint.



Better Living through Psychopathology

Sun, 16 May 2010 12:41:25 +0000

Examining Ballard's artwork from the late 60s, Benjamin Noys uncovers a future that never took place. The image he focuses on appears as a very 60s image, yet it disjoints itself from that moment by its prescient refusal of the usual models of repression, liberation, and recuperation.



Simon O’Carrigan’s The Drowned World

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 07:01:52 +0000

Ballardian.com presents selections taken from artist Simon O'Carrigan's mixed-media series “The Drowned World", a title taken in reference to a speculative fiction that inspired much of the imagery in this work: J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World.



Landing Sites

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 12:56:12 +0000

This is vaguely Ballardian: my two-minute short film based on the 'reversible destiny' theory of the architects/conceptual artists Arakawa and Gins.



“Ambiguous aims”: a review of Crash: Homage to J.G. Ballard [NSFW]

Fri, 12 Mar 2010 07:19:46 +0000

Ballard's writing has a strong connection to visual art. It informed his work and led to him befriending some of the leading artists of his time, while in turn his work has influenced today's crop. As Ben Austwick reports, the exhibition Crash: Homage to J.G. Ballard represent these diverse strands in a haphazard, yet always interesting fashion.



“Enthusiasm for the mysterious emissaries of pulp”: an interview with David Britton (the Savoy interviews, part 2a)

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:36:02 +0000

The story of Savoy Books is one of the strangest in publishing history: a tale of lost opportunities, missed opportunities, repression, censorship, imprisonment ... and, most importantly, an incredible legacy of work that continues to disturb, challenge and confront. All of those qualities are equally applicable to Savoy Records, the music arm of Savoy's black empire, as Simon Sellars discovers when he talks to Savoy co-founder David Britton. The interview features sound clips from selected Savoy releases.



“Enthusiasm for the mysterious emissaries of pulp”: an interview with David Britton (the Savoy interviews, part 2b)

Mon, 22 Feb 2010 13:35:32 +0000

The story of Savoy Books is one of the most strangest in publishing history: a tale of lost opportunities, missed opportunities, repression, censorship, imprisonment ... and, most importantly, an incredible legacy of work that continues to disturb, challenge and confront. All of those qualities are equally applicable to Savoy Records, the music arm of Savoy's black empire, as Simon Sellars discovers when he talks to Savoy co-founder David Britton. The interview features sound clips from selected Savoy releases.



Crash: Homage to JG Ballard

Fri, 12 Feb 2010 00:24:35 +0000

Press release for the Gagosian Gallery exhibition “Crash,” a major group exhibition opening on 11 February 2010, which takes its title from the famous novel by JG Ballard.



Review: Jeremy Reed’s West End Survival Kit

Mon, 08 Feb 2010 04:15:30 +0000

A review-essay of Jeremy Reed's latest collection of poetry, West End Survival Kit. The review also discusses the long and enigmatic relationship Reed has with Ballard, who wrote the foreword to the collection, where he paid tribute to Reed's 'extraterrestrial talent'.



Ballardian/Savoy Microfiction competition winners

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 02:33:54 +0000

In November, we announced our first microfiction competition, promoting our 3-part series of interviews with luminaries from Savoy Books. As the second interview is due online soon, we thought now’s the time to announce the prizewinners... Many thanks to all who entered!



The Office Park

Mon, 18 Jan 2010 12:51:37 +0000

Nicholas Cobb's architectural model of a corporate campus, photographed with a malevolent, dystopian flair, and exploring parallel themes to Ballard's Super-Cannes.



Edward Burtynsky: Oil – A Ballardian Interpretation

Tue, 05 Jan 2010 12:29:02 +0000

Edward Burtynsky's photographs of quarries, factories, mining pits and railcuts are extraordinary for their depiction of mankind's organisation of the land for resource-extraction and profit. Paul Roth makes the case that Burtynsky is one of our most Ballardian artists. Adopting a style in overt homage to Ballard, the essay honours his legacy as the foremost imaginative interpreter of the world Burtynsky documents.



Ballardian.com’s ‘Top 10’ lists for 2009

Mon, 04 Jan 2010 10:08:28 +0000

Probably of no interest to anyone but me, but here goes: top 10 most-read posts on ballardian.com in 2009; top 10 search-engine phrases leading visitors to the site in 2009; and top 10 links from other sites in 2009.



A Near Future: Nic Clear’s Tribute to JG Ballard

Mon, 28 Dec 2009 00:46:35 +0000

JG Ballard's writing encompassed topics as diverse as ecological crisis, technological fetishism, urban ruination and suburban mob culture. In this extract from the September-October issue of Architectural Design, Nic Clear explores how Ballard’s understanding of architecture and architects made him one of the most important figures in the literary articulation of architectural issues and concerns.



The 032c Interview: Simon Reynolds on Ballard, part 2

Mon, 07 Dec 2009 10:26:45 +0000

Simon Reynolds is one of the most recognizable music critics around. His work reached a peak with the publication of Rip It Up and Start Again, a timely excavation of post-punk: Cabaret Voltaire, PiL, Magazine, and so on. What's more, J.G. Ballard was a thread throughout the book, as Reynolds charted the influence of JGB -- and especially his experimental novel, The Atrocity Exhibition -- on the era. In this interview, as Simon meets Simon, these topics are discussed in the wake of JGB's death.



Extended deadline: Ballardian/Savoy microfiction competition

Sat, 05 Dec 2009 03:57:55 +0000

Due to popular demand, the Ballardian/Savoy microfiction competition deadline has now been extended to 15 December. Keep those entries coming!



Rick McGrath’s Letter From London: The JG Ballard Memorial

Mon, 30 Nov 2009 13:41:13 +0000

"Greetings from London! Hope all is well with you. I’ve just attended the long-anticipated JG Ballard Memorial celebration at the Tate Modern and now I’m catching my breath -- and a few beers -- at a nearby Thames-side pub with fellow Ballardians. We’re having a wonderful time -- wish you were here. But let’s start at the beginning. We have time to order some Alsatian off the barbie..." Love from Rick.



Stereoscopic Urbanism: JG Ballard and the Built Environment

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 02:04:26 +0000

The fiction of JG Ballard was centred almost wholly on the built environment. Ballard took architectural design to its logical extreme and then contorted it further. Simon Sellars looks at how architects can learn from Ballard and, specifically, his use of urban sound as a metaphor.



“Driven by Anger”: An Interview with Michael Butterworth (the Savoy interviews, part 1)

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 11:07:20 +0000

The story of Savoy Books is one of the strangest in publishing history: a tale of lost opportunities, missed opportunities, repression, censorship, imprisonment ... and, most importantly, an incredible legacy of work that continues to disturb, challenge and confront. Mike Holliday talks to Savoy co-founder Michael Butterworth about all this and more, including the guidance Butterworth received as a young writer from J.G. Ballard.



Ballardian.com presents the Savoy Books Microfiction Competition

Thu, 05 Nov 2009 11:05:45 +0000

The very first Savoy/Ballardian Microfiction Competition! Write a short story of 100 words or less on "Savoyesque' or 'Ballardian' themes, and win super-rare Savoy books and comic books, and Savoy CDs.



R.I.P. Mac Tonnies

Fri, 23 Oct 2009 10:24:21 +0000

R.I.P. Mac Tonnies.



Ballard on Synth Britannia

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 21:17:04 +0000

JG Ballard on the BBC TV documentary Synth Britannia.



Miracles of Life: foreword to the Greek edition

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 22:29:57 +0000

This is the foreword to the Greek edition of Ballard's Miracles of Life, to be published by Oxy in November 2009.



Re-Placing the Novel: Sinclair, Ballard and the Spaces of Literature

Mon, 05 Oct 2009 13:21:22 +0000

JG Ballard and Iain Sinclair have often been cast in a simple narrative of compatible writers and thematic consistencies. David Cunningham's wide-ranging article forces a new appreciation of this complex relationship.



Conference paper on Ballard and ‘circular time’

Tue, 29 Sep 2009 11:34:45 +0000

I'm giving a paper on Ballard, circular time and the nouvelle vague this Thursday, October 1, at 3pm at ACMI in Melbourne, as part of the time.transcendence.performance conference. Come and say hello.



“Extreme Possibilities”: Mapping “the sea of time and space” in J.G. Ballard’s Pacific fictions

Sun, 23 Aug 2009 11:44:17 +0000

What's the connection between J.G. Ballard, Hakim Bey and Fredric Jameson? Tracking Ballard's surreal visions of nuclear conflict to Ground Zero in the Pacific, the paper maps his peculiar, irradiated sense of “affirmative dystopias", a template for his more enduring urban works (famously, Crash) that, finally, intersects in striking ways with the writings of Bey and Jameson.



Iterative Architecture: a Ballardian Text

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 12:30:13 +0000

Readers hoping to solve the mystery of J.G. Ballard’s ‘The Beach Murders’ may care to approach it in the form of a card game. Some of the principal clues have been alphabetized, some left as they were found, scrawled on to the backs of a deck of cards. Readers are invited to recombine the order of the cards to arrive at a solution. Obviously any number of solutions is possible, and the final answer to the mystery lies forever hidden.



Iterative Architecture: a Ballardian Text, part 2

Thu, 23 Jul 2009 11:56:35 +0000

‘Iterative Architecture: a Ballardian Text’ by Brian Baker ..:: CONTINUED from >> Part 1 ::… ♣♠♥♦ The Joker. The Joker in the pack is the card that, in some games, can replace (or substitute for, take the place of) any of the others. In this sense, the Joker is the empty sign. ♣♠♥♦ Hearts ♥ […]



Michael Jackson’s Facelift

Thu, 02 Jul 2009 10:31:49 +0000

"As Michael Jackson reached middle age, the skin of both his cheeks and neck tended to sag from failure of the supporting structures. His naso-labial folds deepened, and the soft tissues along his jaw fell forward. His jowls tended to increase. In profile the creases of his neck lengthened and the chin-neck contour lost its youthful outline and became convex."



‘A dirty and diseased mind’: The Unicorn bookshop trial

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 14:28:20 +0000

Mike Holliday gets to the bottom of the 1968 obscenity trial brought against Bill Butler and the Unicorn Bookshop, for stocking Ballard's 'Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan'. As prosecuting counsel Michael Worsley asked of Ballard's work, “Is this not the meanderings of a dirty and diseased mind?”



Twitter updates

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 22:42:20 +0000

An update on updates...



Crown Casino: ‘A snarling, digitised mutilation’

Wed, 27 May 2009 03:13:29 +0000

Simon Sellars, Mel Chilianis and Melb Psy take an audiovisual tour of Melbourne's Crown Casino, seeking to map the coordinates of this micronational zone -- consumer-driven control space with a raging need.



‘What exactly is he trying to sell?’: J.G. Ballard’s Adventures in Advertising, part 2

Fri, 08 May 2009 09:34:28 +0000

Rick McGrath continues to explore the aesthetic of the advertisement in J.G. Ballard's work, from the early short stories right through to Kingdom Come.



‘What exactly is he trying to sell?’: J.G. Ballard’s Adventures in Advertising, part 1

Mon, 04 May 2009 03:42:16 +0000

The aesthetic of the advertisement appears again and again in J.G. Ballard's work. Here, Rick McGrath explores Ballard's fascination with the structure of advertising, and the role of the advertising man himself, examining ersatz ads in detail right across the body of JGB's work.



R.I.P. JGB: Tributes from the Ballardosphere, part 4

Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:22:30 +0000

Late tributes from the Ballardosphere: Jeannette Baxter, Mike Bonsall, Mark Fisher, Owen Hatherley, Mike Holliday and Nina Power.



R.I.P. JGB: Tributes from the Ballardosphere, part 3

Wed, 22 Apr 2009 03:07:56 +0000

Further tributes from Tim Chapman, Rick McGrath, Solveig Nordlund, Dan O'Hara, Dominika Oramus, Rick Poynor, David Pringle, Simon Sellars, Supervert and V. Vale.



R.I.P. JGB: Tributes from the Ballardosphere, part 2

Tue, 21 Apr 2009 08:29:42 +0000

Michael Moorcock's tribute to JGB.



R.I.P. JGB: Tributes from the Ballardosphere, part 1

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:39:00 +0000

I have asked Ballardian contributors and associates for their thoughts on JGB's passing. This is Part 1, featuring Ben Noys, Mark Dery and Chris Nakashima-Brown. More to come.



R.I.P. J.G. Ballard, 1930-2009

Mon, 20 Apr 2009 01:41:37 +0000

Goodbye, Jim...



Ballardosphere update

Mon, 23 Mar 2009 07:02:36 +0000

Moving on to Twitter for a little while...



Back in town!

Sun, 08 Mar 2009 03:10:27 +0000

Grovel, grovel.



BBC Radio 7 adapts Drowned World

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 23:02:58 +0000

The first episode of BBC Radio 7's adaptation of The Drowned World is now online.



"Paradigm of nowhere": Shepperton, a photo essay (part 2)

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 07:20:12 +0000

Finally: the long-delayed conclusion to my photo essay, '"Paradigm of nowhere": Shepperton, a photo essay', in which I aim for the traversal of a distinct psychic terrain: the blanket overlay of Shepperton with a mental template gleaned from so many Ballard novels and short stories.



'Naive allegory; messianic tendencies'

Sat, 31 Jan 2009 06:19:35 +0000

A Brazilian review of Kingdom Come -- in the form of a comic strip.



Creating new worlds

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:00:59 +0000

Toby Litt on the best of JG Ballard.



'Destruction of cities'

Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:46:29 +0000

Dan Hill looks at a triptych of post-apocalyptic novels: On the Beach, The Drowned World and The Road.



Sonic boom

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 00:28:11 +0000

The first question about J.G. Ballard’s short story The Sound-Sweep put Bill Drummond immediately on the defensive...



JGB: A 'billionaire' in Shepperton?

Thu, 22 Jan 2009 00:25:24 +0000

Thoughts on Ballard, fame and reclusiveness, and Shepperton.



Update: Times Crash Competition

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:36:43 +0000

News on the stalled competition to design the cover of the new edition of Crash.



Three levels of reality: J.G. Ballard's 'Court Circular'

Sun, 11 Jan 2009 02:08:01 +0000

Mike Holliday examines one of the strangest, most obscure artifacts of Ballard's career: the concrete poetry and graphic art that make up 'J.G. Ballard's Court Circular'. As Mike discovers, even the most unremarkable of Ballard's writings can repay close attention.



Grand Theft Auto IV: Ballardian atrocities

Sat, 03 Jan 2009 04:33:05 +0000

Autogeddon: Martin Pichlmair on the connection between Ballard and Grand Theft Auto IV.



'Architectures of the Near Future': An Interview with Nic Clear

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 06:41:43 +0000

Nic Clear leads the remarkable Unit 15 course on the built environment at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. In this interview, Nic explains the course's focus on the work of Ballard as a way to counter the lamentable state of current discourse on architecture. The article includes clips of six stunning films produced by students as part of this Ballard-inspired methodology.



'Here's to the borderzone': life after the PhD

Thu, 18 Dec 2008 09:04:38 +0000

Just a little housekeeping note...



Happy birthday, Philip K Dick

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 13:06:38 +0000

'We live in a society in which spurious realities are manufactured by the media, by governments, by big corporations, by religious groups, political groups -- and the electronic hardware exists by which to deliver these pseudo-worlds right into the heads of the reader, the viewer, the listener.' If alive today, Philip K Dick would be 80. A few thoughts on Dick, Ballard, Kafka and perception.


Media Files:
http://www.nerdnetworks.org/pcr/Psionic-20081213.mp3




'Because we're fucked': Skinner vs Gray

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 08:54:26 +0000

John Gray meets Mike Skinner, discusses Ballard.



'Cult of enthusiasts'

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 06:56:42 +0000

Diane Johnson, Kubrick collaborator, gets to grips with the Ballardosphere.



Ann Lislegaard: 'Crystal World (after J.G. Ballard)'

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:58:16 +0000

A slew of information on Ann Lislegaard, the brilliant artist behind 'Crystal World (after J.G. Ballard', the mesmerising animation that showed at the recent JGB exhibition in Barcelona. Includes links to an interview, video excerpts and stills.



'Skid analysis': Vaughan reborn…

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 02:08:33 +0000

If Vaughan was alive today, do you think he'd be using AutoCAD to plot celebrity autogeddon?


Media Files:
http://www.ballardian.com/video/pillars_wisdom.mp4




Dubai Ballard World

Fri, 12 Dec 2008 00:19:51 +0000

Announcement of the new Ballard World theme park in Dubai, following on from the Egypt, London and Shanghai versions.