Archive for the ‘television’ Category

‘No Original Response’: J.G. Ballard predicts Social Media, CCTV, Reality TV

By • Jul 3rd, 2013 •

Category: alternate worlds, Applied Ballardianism, Bruce Sterling, CCTV, celebrity culture, dystopia, features, Gilles Deleuze, hyperreality, Lead Story, media landscape, reality TV, science fiction, surveillance, television, William Gibson, YouTube

A post at Buzzfeed has been doing the rounds this week, on how J.G. Ballard “predicted social media in 1977″. According to Buzzfeed, “he made this uncanny observation in a Vogue essay”. Here’s Simon Sellars’ response, in text excerpted from his forthcoming book Applied Ballardianism, about life through a Ballardian lens. Read on for Ballard’s disturbing warning about the dangers that await when we have the capacity to broadcast “the inside of our heads”…

Coming Never: Richard Gere as Blake

By • May 7th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, America, Australia, David Cronenberg, features, film, Philip K. Dick, Steven Spielberg, surrealism, television, theatre

UPDATED. Aside from the films of Empire and Crash, Ballard has had almost all his novels optioned for the screen at some stage. Suitors include Richard Gere, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Nicholson, David Frost and a trio of scantily-clad cavegirls.

Virtual Death: The Game Show

By • Apr 18th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, boredom, CCTV, consumerism, death of affect, inner space, surveillance, television, YouTube

A man is trapped in an elevator for 41 hours, steadily losing his mind. But to you, he’s just another bug crawling around on a security-camera lens. What do you do?

J.G. Ballard … you know, for kids

By • Apr 16th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, science fiction, television

Squirrel Boy meets Concrete Island, and the kids are alright.

'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.

Ballardian Home Movies: The Final Cut

By • Mar 2nd, 2008 •

Category: competitions, dystopia, entropy, features, film, gated communities, humour, psychopathology, speed & violence, suburbia, suicide, surveillance, technology, television, urban decay, YouTube

Here are the entries in the 1st Ballardian Festival of Home Movies. Congratulations to the winner, Ben Slater.

Ballard, braces & bonnets

By • Jan 8th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, media landscape, television

Lest you have any doubt that Mr Ballard is in fact Mr Rent-a-Quote, here he is, commenting on costume dramas, of all things, for the Observer: The fear of some of our best contemporary writers is that the British love of classic adaptations reflects an unhealthy obsession with the past. Novelist JG Ballard is blunt […]


By • Sep 8th, 2007 •

Category: audio, Chris Marker, features, film, filmography, Iain Sinclair, Michael Moorcock, music, television, William Burroughs, YouTube

I’ve created a YouTube outpost for this site, divided into six channels: (1) J.G. Ballard Interviews; (2) J.G. Ballard Documentaries; (3) J.G. Ballard Adaptations; (4) J.G. Ballard’s Top Ten Science Fiction Films; (5) Ballardiana; and (6) Ballardian Sound Art/Music.

Disaster Prone

By • Apr 26th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, enviro-disaster, television, urban ruins

Here’s an excerpt from the BBC documentary, The Martians and Us, focusing on J.G. Ballard’s The Drowned World. It features Ballard cheer from Brian Aldiss, Christopher Priest, Will Self, Roger Luckhurst, Brian Stableford and John Sutherland. [ thanks, Pedro ]

A Film Guide to Virtual Death

By • Apr 24th, 2007 •

Category: death of affect, film, invisible literature, media landscape, short stories, television

This is Xander Walker’s excellent no-budget film of Ballard’s dark, scathing short story ‘A Guide to Virtual Death’ (one of the last shorts JGB ever wrote, unfortunately): For reasons amply documented elsewhere, intelligent life on Earth became extinct in the closing hours of the 20th Century. Among the clues left to us, the following schedule […]

Fantastical Literary Celluloid Icons

By • Apr 15th, 2007 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, Borges, celebrity culture, film, Philip K. Dick, television

Back in 1986, Kurt Vonnegut (RIP) made an amusing cameo in Rodney Dangerfield’s fake-fart laden masterpiece Back to School. But did you also know that William Gibson appeared in Wild Palms alongside Jim Belushi; that Philip K. Dick guest-starred in a 1971 episode of Bewitched; that Jorge Luis Borges stole the show in an ep […]

Competition Winner: Starsky & Hutch, by J.G. Ballard

By • Dec 5th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, competitions, features, film, pastiche, television

Illustration by Rick McGrath. “Television crime series…were filled with their huge carapaces, swerving in and out of alleys, reversing in a howl of burning rubber. Watched with the sound down, episodes of Starsky and Hutch resembled instructional films on valet parking”. ———————– J.G. Ballard, 2005 ———————– Announcing the winner of our J.G. Ballard Pastiche competition, […]

Win A Copy of Kingdom Come: Write A J.G. Ballard Pastiche

By • Nov 1st, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, film, Fredric Jameson, Iain Sinclair, television

This site’s pastiche section has always been one of our most controversial. Some readers see it as an affront to Ballard himself, but no doubt these wet blankets are devotees of theorist Fredric Jameson, the man who described pastiche in the postmodern age as “blank parody…devoid of laughter” — a dead impulse to endlessly recycle […]

JG Ballard on ITV's South Bank Show

By • Sep 17th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Chris Petit, Iain Sinclair, television

JG Ballard appeared on the South Bank Show on ITV in the UK on Sunday. There was a long interview with JGB conducted by Melvyn Bragg and filmed at Shepperton Studios, plus an overview of Ballard’s career, a discussion of Kingdom Come, and contributions from Martin Amis, Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Chris Petit. As […]

The Day of Creation (1987)

By • Sep 16th, 2006 •

Category: bibliography, flying, television

OPENING LINE: “Dreams of rivers, like scenes from a forgotten film, drift through the night, in passage between memory and desire.” Another misunderstood book in the Ballardian canon, although Samuel R. Delany, in his 1998 review, gives it a red-hot go. Still, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was reviewing Kingdom Come, so similar are […]

A User's Guide to the Millennium (1996)

By • Sep 5th, 2006 •

Category: advertising, architecture, bibliography, boredom, celebrity culture, consumerism, death of affect, deep time, dystopia, enviro-disaster, fashion, film, flying, humour, invisible literature, media landscape, medical procedure, non-fiction, photography, politics, psychogeography, psychology, Salvador Dali, science fiction, sexual politics, space relics, speed & violence, surrealism, television, urban decay, visual art, William Burroughs, WWII

OPENING LINE: “In his prime the Hollywood screenwriter was one of the tragic figures of our age, evoking the special anguish that arises from feeling sorry for oneself while making large amounts of money”. (from ‘The Sweet Smell of Excess’). From the 1996 Harper Collins edition: The first-ever collection of J.G. Ballard’s articles and reviews, […]

J.G. Ballard: The Complete Short Stories, vols 1 & 2 (2006)

By • Sep 1st, 2006 •

Category: advertising, architecture, bibliography, boredom, celebrity culture, consumerism, death of affect, deep time, dystopia, enviro-disaster, flying, humour, invisible literature, media landscape, medical procedure, New Worlds, photography, politics, psychogeography, psychology, science fiction, sexual politics, Shepperton, short stories, space relics, speed & violence, suicide, surrealism, television, terrorism, urban decay, urban revolt, visual art, WWII

OPENING LINE: “I first met Jane Ciracylides during the Recess, that world slump of boredom, lethargy and high summer which carried us all so blissfully through ten unforgettable years, and I suppose that may have had a lot to do with what went on between us.” (from ‘Prima Belladonna’). From the 2001 Flamingo edition (originally […]

More on Shepperton's Oracle

By • Aug 1st, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Philip K. Dick, Shepperton, television

I received an email from Thomas, the French filmmaker making a film about Ballard (which I posted about earlier)…he’s filled me in on the details… He writes: “We’re producing the movie “Shepperton’s Oracle” with a team of French web designers (www.panoplie.org). The project is first an interactive website with a chat bot around the universe […]

Shepperton's Oracle

By • Jul 20th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, film, Shepperton, television

Came across this post from the blog called ‘Postcards from the Future’. Interesting how Dubai pops up yet again in discussions about Ballard… The post says: “Working on the movie about J.G Ballard “The Shepperton’s Oracle”, i’ve found…an extract of General Motors vision for the future in year 56’. “The Shepperton’s Oracle”, the movie about […]

JG Ballard on Cane Toads

By • Jul 5th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, television

Ben, over at the JGB Yahoo Group, writes: “Comedian Bill Bailey was interviewed by Sean Lock on the rubbish TV Heaven, TV Hell Channel 4 programme last night. He mentioned Cane Toads: An Unnatural History as one of his favourite ever TV programmes, and I thought I caught him say JG Ballard was also a […]

CSI Revisited

By • Feb 15th, 2006 •

Category: Ballardosphere, television

Ballard wrote a fascinating review about CSI that was posted on this board. He called the TV show one of his favorites. Here’s what the “experts” say: Experts Blame Cop Show For Educating Criminals POSTED: 11:32 am CST January 31, 2006 CLEVELAND — When Tammy Klein began investigating crime scenes eight years ago, it was […]

J.G. Ballard Live in London

By • Oct 7th, 2005 •

Category: archival, censorship, consumerism, David Cronenberg, dystopia, film, gated communities, interviews, psychology, psychopathology, science fiction, sexual politics, Shanghai, television

Photo by Simon Sellars This transcript was first published in Sub Dee Magazine (no. 5 Summer 1997), a print project I was involved in long before Ballardian. At the time, J.G. Ballard’s career was in the ascendancy after what was perceived to be an average period in his writing. Cocaine Nights had just been released […]

Why I love/hate CSI

By • Aug 30th, 2005 •

Category: Australia, Ballardosphere, features, psychology, television, terrorism

Recently I’ve come across a piece by one of my favorite authors, J. G. Ballard, on a show I’ve become addicted to against my better judgement: Crime Scene Investigation (you can access Ballard’s article here). I was pleased and disappointed by Ballard’s analysis. Although a lot of his comments are perceptive, I think he missed […]

JG Ballard on CSI

By • Jul 24th, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, non-fiction, television, theme parks

From the Guardian, Saturday June 25, 2005 CSI … as characterless as life It has no car chases, no shoot-outs, no emotions. So what makes Crime Scene Investigation so utterly compelling? The answer, writes JG Ballard, goes to the heart of our most basic fears. JG BALLARD: “Television today is an ageing theme park, which […]