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Taking the Top Off His Skull: The Genesis of J.G. Ballard’s Crash

By • Mar 28th, 2017 •

Category: archival, biography, comics, death of affect, fascism, Futurists, inner space, Lead Story, New Worlds, psychopathology, Salvador Dali, speed & violence, suicide, technology, theatre, visual art, William Burroughs

To celebrate the imminent release of Crash: the Collector’s Edition, Mike Holliday takes a look at the development of the ideas behind this, Ballard’s most notorious book. The new edition of Crash is a large-format hardback with a wealth of additional material, including pages from Ballard’s typescripts and contemporaneous, but rarely seen, short stories. As Holliday discovers, Crash was actually years in the making, many of its ideas first appearing the previous decade.



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.



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 […]



Concrete Island: J.G. Ballard Goes Dutch

By • Oct 7th, 2005 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, interviews, media landscape, theatre

interview by Simon Sellars Isabelle Jenniches, originally from Germany, is a multimedia artist now based in California. With collaborator Stefan Kunzmann she devised a stage adaptation of JG Ballard’s novel Concrete Island at the Theater de Balie, Amsterdam, in 2002. The performance incorporated aspects of Butoh as well as an industrial/ambient soundtrack, projections and video. Stunningly […]