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

By • Mar 12th, 2010 •

Category: America, Andy Warhol, celebrity culture, Lead Story, media landscape, nuclear war, reviews, Salvador Dali, speed & violence, visual art, WWII

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.

An Evening with J.G. Ballard

By • Sep 20th, 2006 •

Category: consumerism, humour, interviews, psychology, Shanghai, short stories, surrealism, terrorism

JG Ballard. Photo: Paul Murphy. On 14 September 2006 JG Ballard gave a reading from his new novel, Kingdom Come, and talked to Robert McCrum of the Observer at the Institute of Education, London — the evening was presented by Blackwell. Looking rather dapper and displaying a sharpness and wit that puts people half his […]

Orange County, China

By • May 5th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere

Suburbia finally reaches China…

Observer Books of the Year

By • Nov 28th, 2005 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, Iain Sinclair, psychogeography

JG Ballard talks about Ian Sinclair’s latest book “Edge of the Orison” in the Observer, Sunday 27th November: “Iain Sinclair walks every inch of his wonderful novels and psycho-geographies, pacing out huge word-courses like an architect laying out a city on an empty plain. But every book is really a blueprint for something else and […]

Edmonton IKEA

By • Oct 1st, 2005 •

Category: boredom, consumerism, death of affect, photography, urban revolt

A series of Photos from the scene of February 2005’s riots.

JG Ballard & the Secrets of the Empire's Bunker

By • Sep 18th, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, non-fiction, WWII

JG Ballard applauds Alexander Sokurov’s remarkable film portrait of Hirohito, from the Guardian, 13/9/2005 "Should the war against Japan ever have taken place? The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 brought a devastating response from the United States, and turned the European war into a world-wide conflict. Sixty years after Japan capitulated, the […]