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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.



Conference paper on Ballard and ‘circular time’

By • Sep 29th, 2009 •

Category: academia, airports, alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, memory, Shanghai, time travel, WWII

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.



Twitter updates

By • Jun 19th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere

An update on updates…



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

By • Apr 28th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, R.I.P. JGB

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

By • Apr 22nd, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, R.I.P. JGB

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

By • Apr 21st, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, R.I.P. JGB

Michael Moorcock’s tribute to JGB.



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

By • Apr 21st, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, R.I.P. JGB

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.



Ballardosphere update

By • Mar 23rd, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere

Moving on to Twitter for a little while…



Back in town!

By • Mar 8th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere

Grovel, grovel.



BBC Radio 7 adapts Drowned World

By • Mar 6th, 2009 •

Category: audio, Ballardosphere

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



'Naive allegory; messianic tendencies'

By • Jan 31st, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, comics, consumerism

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



Creating new worlds

By • Jan 30th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, science fiction, Toby Litt

Toby Litt on the best of JG Ballard.



'Destruction of cities'

By • Jan 29th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, enviro-disaster, urban ruins

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



Sonic boom

By • Jan 27th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, music

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?

By • Jan 22nd, 2009 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, biography, celebrity culture, film, Shanghai, Shepperton

Thoughts on Ballard, fame and reclusiveness, and Shepperton.



Update: Times Crash Competition

By • Jan 19th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art

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



Grand Theft Auto IV: Ballardian atrocities

By • Jan 3rd, 2009 •

Category: academia, Ballardosphere, comics, computer games, hyperreality, speed & violence

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



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

By • Dec 18th, 2008 •

Category: academia, Ballardosphere

Just a little housekeeping note…



'Because we're fucked': Skinner vs Gray

By • Dec 15th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, dystopia, John Gray, music, politics, utopia

John Gray meets Mike Skinner, discusses Ballard.



'Cult of enthusiasts'

By • Dec 15th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Jean Baudrillard, Stanley Kubrick

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



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

By • Dec 12th, 2008 •

Category: animation, Ballardosphere, entropy, enviro-disaster, Fredric Jameson, science fiction, visual art

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…

By • Dec 12th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, speed & violence, technology

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



Dubai Ballard World

By • Dec 12th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, architecture, Ballardosphere, Dubai, entropy, enviro-disaster, theme parks

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



Ballardian Glamour

By • Dec 11th, 2008 •

Category: academia, Ballardosphere, fashion, sexual politics

Joanne McNeil on women characters in Ballard.



Drained Granny Pools

By • Dec 11th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, drained swimming pools

A group of Sydney architects are doing their best to rob us of a Ballardian future.



'To write for the Space Age': Moorcock on Burroughs

By • Dec 11th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Michael Moorcock, New Worlds, science fiction, war, William Burroughs

A new interview with Michael Moorcock, discussing Burroughs, Ballard, the Bomb and more.



'Audiopollution! They said it'd never hit us here…'

By • Dec 5th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, comics, Hawkwind, Michael Moorcock, music

The return of Moorcock, Hawkwind, Frendz… and Jim Cawthorn.



James Cawthorn, RIP: 1929-2008

By • Dec 4th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, New Worlds, parody, pastiche, visual art

RIP James Cawthorn, illustrator for New Worlds and Savoy Books; pastichist of Ballard.



Eternal Layover

By • Nov 24th, 2008 •

Category: airports, alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, travel

Man survives for three months in airport terminal; doesn’t know why he’s there…



'Strangest Living Atrocities': Guy Peellaert, 1934-2008

By • Nov 20th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art

The artist Guy Peellaert, designer of Bowie’s Diamond Dogs cover and more, died this week.



Crouching Pervert, Hidden Meisel

By • Nov 18th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, censorship, death of affect, fashion, Italy, photography, sexual politics, Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel: rejected by Vogue Italia, embraced by ballardian.com.



Unique furniture of violence and desire

By • Nov 17th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, fashion, flying, Interior design

At last: furniture for the Ballardian bachelor pad.



Happy birthday, JGB

By • Nov 15th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere

Happy birthday, Mr Ballard.



No glot… C’lom Fliday

By • Nov 15th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, William Burroughs

Preliminary news about the 50th anniversary celebrations for Naked Lunch.



Feral architecture

By • Nov 14th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, film, science fiction

BLDGBLOG on Ballard, resampled architecture, homogenous global space and Michael Winterbottom.



Sex times Esquire equals a lesbian expose on the cover

By • Nov 14th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, sexual politics, technology

Ballard in Esquire.



Kosmopolis 08

By • Oct 19th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Barcelona, Salvador Dali

I’m off to Barcelona to talk about Ballard with Vale and Bruce Sterling as part of the Kosmopolis literary festival. If you’re Catalonia-bound, come and say hi.



Ballard & Lovecraft, part 3

By • Oct 18th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, body horror, H.P. Lovecraft, horror, medical procedure

Ballard on horror fiction: ‘There are sudden glimpses of the shocking and unspeakable in my fiction too, so there is a certain overlap’.



Spanish Ghost Cities

By • Oct 15th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, drained swimming pools, entropy, urban decay

Solveig Nordlund’s Ballard adaptation, Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude, is rooted in reality, as this report on Spain’s ghost towns demonstrates.