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Applied Ballardianism forthcoming from Urbanomic in 2017

By • Jun 26th, 2017 •

Category: academia, alternate worlds, Applied Ballardianism, Australia, autobiography, Ballardosphere, biography, Bruce Sterling, CCTV, celebrity culture, Chris Marker, consumerism, cyberpunk, David Cronenberg, deep time, Dubai, dystopia, H.P. Lovecraft, inner space, Jean Baudrillard, Lead Story, Marion Shoard, media landscape, occult, Pacific, paranormal, Paul Virilio, William Burroughs, William Gibson, WWII

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.



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.



Tribute to J.G. Ballard & Brian Eno

By • Jul 16th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, Brian Eno, Dubai, leisure, music, utopia

Ballard & Eno: quite possibly the ‘two greatest British thinkers of the second half of the 20th Century’.



‘No-One Dances in Ballard’: An Interview with Mike Ryan

By • Jun 15th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, Brian Eno, David Cronenberg, Dubai, Futurists, Ian Curtis, interviews, music, Steven Spielberg, William Burroughs

by Simon Sellars I think I’m the only person I know who doesn’t own a record player or a single record. I’ve never understood why, because my maternal grandparents were lifelong teachers of music, and my father as a choirboy once sang solo in Manchester Cathedral. But that gene seems to have skipped me.” —————————————————– […]



Ballardian Fractals in Dubai

By • Apr 26th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, consumerism, Dubai

Here’s a query I’m posting on behalf of Paul Williams over at the JGB Yahoo list. Can anyone help? Paul writes: “Here’s something I’m working on. It has a distinct whiff of Ballard in the collision of science and society… Dubai is generating substantial income from property based on the occupation of its coastline. Dubai’s […]



Debord in Dubai

By • Nov 28th, 2005 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, consumerism, Dubai

Another evocative feature, by Steve Rose in the Guardian, on architectural experimentation in Dubai – “There is apparently no distinction between resort architecture and permanent housing. Nor is there much of a genuine urban realm outside the old city centre. Instead, there are discrete, self-contained developments, separated from each other by 10-lane highways or empty […]