Archive for the ‘sport’ Category

A Fascist State? Another Look at Kingdom Come and Consumerism

By • Jul 7th, 2010 •

Category: advertising, architecture, Bentall Centre, celebrity culture, consumerism, dystopia, fascism, features, Lead Story, media landscape, Salvador Dali, Shanghai, speed & violence, sport, surrealism

Ballard’s final novel, Kingdom Come, a dystopian account of consumerism as a type of ’soft fascism’, received lukewarm reviews and suggestions that the author was, perhaps, finally losing his touch. Others were eager to point to parallels between it and events around us: aggressive car commercials, racist behaviour by sports fanatics. In this article, Mike Holliday re-examines Kingdom Come and asks: can we really equate consumerism with fascism?

Strange Fiction

By • Jun 15th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, consumerism, fascism, Iain Sinclair, sport, William Burroughs

New interview with Ballard in the Guardian.

'The Crashman': An Experiment in Applied Internet Ballardianism

By • Apr 8th, 2008 •

Category: censorship, David Cronenberg, death of affect, features, film, flying, Freud, humour, Lead Story, media landscape, Michael Moorcock, music, psychopathology, speed & violence, sport, war, WWII, YouTube

Drawing inspiration from J.G. Ballard’s exhibition of crashed cars in 1970, the Crashman presents his own festival of Atrocity films: aviation disasters set to musical soundtracks.

'Vomit, violence, tabloid architecture…'

By • Mar 11th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Australia, Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, fascism, media landscape, micronations, psychology, sport, television, urban revolt

MelbPsy gets all Atrocity Exhibition on the House that Sam Newman built, the ‘tabloid architecture’ sheathing yet another backyard Aussie micronation.

More on Liddle and Ballard

By • Feb 12th, 2007 •

Category: Australia, Ballardosphere, consumerism, Iain Sinclair, Michael Moorcock, politics, sport

REMINDER: The ‘call for papers’ deadline for ‘Shanghai to Shepperton: An International Conference on J.G. Ballard’ is three days away. See here for details, and here for more on the conference. J. Carter Wood, over at Obscene Desserts, has posted a long and thoughtful rebuttal of Rob Liddle’s recent dismissal of Kingdom Come. I posted […]

KC: ‘deeply silly, patronising’

By • Jan 28th, 2007 •

Category: Australia, Ballardosphere, Brian Eno, consumerism, sport

In a Sunday Times piece on the ‘curtailment of working-class pleasures’, Rod Liddle writes: …what truly annoys me is … the way in which this government — and previous governments — view football supporters. If you’re unsure what this attitude is, read JG Ballard’s new novel, Kingdom Come. This is, as usual, a dystopian fantasy […]

Fascist Guide

By • Sep 7th, 2006 •

Category: Australia, Ballardosphere, consumerism, sport, urban revolt

In Diary: A Fascist’s Guide to the Premiership, published in New Statesman, JG Ballard previews the themes he unpacks in Kingdom Come. In this piece, JGB asks if the “English working class [is] re-tribalising itself” as a result of “football crowds rocking stadiums and bellowing anthems … taking part in political rallies without realising it, […]

Cocaine Nights (1996)

By • Sep 7th, 2006 •

Category: bibliography, consumerism, Iain Sinclair, sport

OPENING LINE: “Crossing frontiers is my profession.” From the 1996 Flamingo edition: “To an outsider, the retired British residents of the Spanish coastal resort of Estrella de Mar belong to an idyllic community, enjoying a lifestyle of constant cultural and sporting activity — based around the thriving Club Nautico. But the image is shattered when […]

Kingdom Come (2006)

By • Sep 1st, 2006 •

Category: advertising, bibliography, consumerism, deep time, dystopia, sport, terrorism, urban revolt

OPENING LINE: “The suburbs dream of violence.” From the 2006 Fourth Estate edition: Richard Pearson, unemployed advertising executive and life-long rebel, is driving out to Brooklands, a motorway town on the A25. A few weeks earlier his father was fatally wounded at the Metro-Centre, a vast shopping mall in the middle of this apparently peaceful […]

Cocaine Days: The world's highest tennis court

By • Dec 2nd, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, sport


Chariot of Fire: Preliminary Analysis & Damage Reconstruction of the Death of Diana, Princess of Wales

By • Oct 7th, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, features, pastiche, sexual politics, speed & violence, sport, suicide, surrealism

by Annik Hovac GRAVITY’S PEAK IS SURVIVABLE “About midnight, Diana walks out, all green eyes and friendly breast velocity. Dodi, her Prince, is there to sweep her away from the insatiable paparazzi.” The following extract is presented by the JG BALLARD INSTITUTE for the Study of Eroto-Responsive Kinetics, Canberra. “On August 31, 1997, Princess Diana […]

JG Ballard: Delightfully Vulgar

By • Jul 31st, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, David Cronenberg, sexual politics, sport

From Metro, July 25-Aug 2 2005. Silicon Alleys: Machine Love by Gary Singh “THERE’S NO BETTER way to celebrate the inaugural San Jose Grand Prix Champ Car race than to quote legendary British author J.G. Ballard. You see, his 1973 novel Crash is so delightfully vulgar that David Cronenberg just had to finally make a […]