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‘Perverse Technology’: Dan Mitchell & Simon Ford interview J.G. Ballard

By • Aug 15th, 2008 •

Category: archival, consumerism, Ernst, interviews, Marcel Duchamp, photography, psychopathology, Salvador Dali, sexual politics, speed & violence, surrealism, terrorism, the middle classes, visual art

Here’s another republished interview, this time from 2005 as Mitchell and Ford probe JGB about his infamous 1970 ‘Crashed Cars’ exhibition, which elicited drunken aggression from its bemused audience.



Contemporary Critical Perspectives: J.G. Ballard

By • Jun 7th, 2008 •

Category: academia, Ballardosphere, consumerism, politics, sexual politics, speed & violence, terrorism, urban ruins

Info on a new volume of Ballard criticism, edited by Jeannette Baxter.



Your mission…

By • May 27th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, consumerism, crime, Iain Sinclair, terrorism, urban revolt

“Iain, I want you to blow up Bluewater.”



How to Build a Utopia in Your Spare Time

By • Dec 23rd, 2007 •

Category: academia, alternate worlds, Australia, dystopia, enviro-disaster, film, Fredric Jameson, Iain Sinclair, Jean Baudrillard, Lead Story, literature, Pacific, reviews, science fiction, terrorism, utopia

A review of Demanding the Impossible, the Third Australian Conference on Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction, held at Monash University, Clayton, Melbourne, Australia, Dec 5-7.



Future Fascination: Ballard in SFX

By • Oct 30th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, film, Philip K. Dick, science fiction, terrorism

Dom passes on news of yet another Ballard mini-interview, this time in the December 2007 edition of SFX Magazine. It’s just a series of quotes pasted onto the above photo, with the terrible title, ‘Never Mind the Ballards’. Here’s the full text: NEVER MIND THE BALLARDS J.G. Ballard is still fascinated by the future, even […]



Crash: It's that Low Mechanical Hum in the Background

By • Sep 26th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, David Cronenberg, film, speed & violence, terrorism, theatre

The resonance of Crash refuses to dissipate. Firstly, John emailed to inform me of a new Washington Times interview with David Cronenberg, in which the Baron of Blood makes this rather curious remark: There’s an eroticism involved, certainly in ‘Crash,’ and I really saw that in the beheading videos. They looked like homosexual gang rapes […]



Fantasy Kits: Steven Meisel’s State of Emergency

By • Sep 25th, 2006 •

Category: fashion, features, Jean Baudrillard, sexual politics, terrorism, William Burroughs

‘Obscene mannequins’. ‘Conceptual deaths’. The eroticisation of violence in the media landscape… the stunning ‘State of Emergency’ spread in the current Vogue Italia seems to come straight out of JG Ballard’s Atrocity Exhibition… Guest post by Mark Fisher (k-punk) A few weeks ago, I asked whether it would be possible ‘for there to be a […]