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Archive for the ‘body horror’ Category

'Like Alice in Wonderland': Solveig Nordlund on J.G. Ballard

By • Aug 24th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, Barcelona, biology, body horror, film, flying, interviews, medical procedure, short stories, Solveig Nordlund, urban decay, YouTube

Rick McGrath interviews Solveig Nordlund about her feature film, Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude (2002). Based on JGB’s short story, ‘Low-Flying Aircraft’, it’s arguably the best Ballard adaptation of them all, although it has rarely been shown outside Portugal. Included with the interview are clips from the film as well as from Solveig’s previous Ballard adaptation, ‘Journey to Orion’ (based on ‘Thirteen to Centaurus’).



Kingdom of the Dead

By • Aug 5th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, America, Ballardosphere, body horror, consumerism, death of affect, film, gated communities, horror, humour, micronations, urban revolt

Parallels between Ballard’s Kingdom Come and Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.



Horror Panegyric

By • May 21st, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, body horror, surrealism, William Burroughs

Savoy Books publishes Horror Panegyric, Keith Seward’s analysis of the notorious Lord Horror novels.



Love among the mannequins

By • Jan 15th, 2008 •

Category: advertising, Ballardosphere, body horror, consumerism, death of affect, fashion, visual art

Here’s a new campaign from fashion label Dsquared2, featuring sex with crash-test mannequins. But it doesn’t appear to be selling anything. What exactly *is* it selling? Note the photographer: none other than our old mucker, Steven Meisel.



'Accident' or 'Vulva'? The battle for your Ballardian dollar

By • Jan 11th, 2008 •

Category: advertising, Ballardosphere, body horror, David Cronenberg, fashion, speed & violence

What’s more Ballardian? A fragrance for women patterned after the smell of burnt rubber, brake fluid and excrement? Or a scent designed to evoke the smell of a woman’s vagina? You decide.



Michael Jackson reads J.G. Ballard

By • Dec 28th, 2007 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, body horror, celebrity culture, music, posthumanism, science fiction

Chris N-B asks: ‘What is Michael Jackson’s favorite literary science fiction? I’ll bet you dinner at Picasso that right now he’s curled up in the overstuffed armchair of his penthouse suite at the Bellagio, giggling at The Atrocity Exhibition.’



'Meet you all the way, Rosanna yeah'

By • Dec 14th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, body horror, celebrity culture, censorship, David Cronenberg, death of affect, film, sexual politics, speed & violence

How strange is this: Rosanna Arquette, and Crash, popping up in all sorts of places. This film, Ballard’s story, still packs a powerful psychological enema.