Archive for the ‘Ballardosphere’ Category

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

By • May 26th, 2014 •

Category: advertising, Ballardosphere, film, Lead Story

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: Interviews with J.G. Ballard 1967-2008

By • Sep 23rd, 2012 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Extreme Metaphors, Lead Story

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 Edgelands: ‘where the future waits to happen’

By • Oct 4th, 2010 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, Marion Shoard, urban decay, urban ruins

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

By • Aug 23rd, 2010 •

Category: academia, architecture, Ballardosphere, enviro-disaster

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.

The Emergence of the Posthuman Subject

By • Jun 30th, 2010 •

Category: Ballardosphere, posthumanism

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.

Landing Sites

By • Mar 25th, 2010 •

Category: Arakawa + Gins, Ballardosphere, film, psychogeography

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

Crash: Homage to JG Ballard

By • Feb 12th, 2010 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art

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.

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

By • Jan 4th, 2010 •

Category: advertising, architecture, Ballardosphere, film, invisible literature, sexual politics

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.

Extended deadline: Ballardian/Savoy microfiction competition

By • Dec 5th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, competitions, Savoy Books

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

Ballardian.com presents the Savoy Books Microfiction Competition

By • Nov 5th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, competitions, Savoy Books

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

By • Oct 23rd, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere

R.I.P. Mac Tonnies.

Ballard on Synth Britannia

By • Oct 20th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music

JG Ballard on the BBC TV documentary Synth Britannia.