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Archive for the ‘theme parks’ Category

The Office Park

By • Jan 18th, 2010 •

Category: alternate worlds, architecture, CCTV, death of affect, dystopia, features, gated communities, Jean Baudrillard, Lead Story, leisure, non-place, photography, psychopathology, surveillance, technology, theme parks

Nicholas Cobb’s architectural model of a corporate campus, photographed with a malevolent, dystopian flair, and exploring parallel themes to Ballard’s Super-Cannes.



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.



Kosmopolis 08: Landing Gear

By • Nov 11th, 2008 •

Category: academia, alternate worlds, architecture, Barcelona, celebrity culture, crime, features, Futurists, inner space, Lou Reed, media landscape, Salvador Dali, surrealism, theme parks, Toby Litt, visual art

I’ve finally captured my impressions of Barcelona and Kosmopolis, with main ingredients: Lou Reed, Claire Walsh, Laurie Anderson, Kafka, Brecht, Dali, brilliant public space, Ballard, and the sheer unbridled thrill of one of the most amazing cities in Europe.



Ballardosphere Wrap-Up, Part 4

By • May 1st, 2007 •

Category: academia, architecture, Ballardosphere, Chris Petit, film, psychogeography, psychopathology, short stories, surrealism, theme parks, William Burroughs

+ CATALOGUE OF CONTEMPORARY ATROCITIES Jeannette Baxter, organiser of this weekend’s J.G. Ballard Conference at the University of East Anglia, delivers a challenging examination of Surrealist influences in Ballard’s Running Wild for Issue 5 of the online journal, Papers of Surrealism. ‘The Surrealist Fait-Divers: Uncovering Violent Histories in J. G. Ballard’s Running Wild': Abstract In […]



Ballard World Set for 2008 Opening

By • Apr 13th, 2007 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, consumerism, entropy, theme parks

Egyptian Ballard World: dead monorails hanging against the sky like guillotines (photo by Dubai Dave). Dickens World is set to open next week, according to this report. It’s a recreation of ‘a dark, dirty and dank London…populated by thieves, murderers and ghosts…[with an] air of authenticity as it was built in consultation with experts from […]



The End is Nigh: Ballard on Myspace

By • Apr 6th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, gated communities, theme parks

J.G. Ballard has often said he doesn’t use the internet. So what’s he doing with his own myspace page? It’s another fake celebrity myspace entity, although I see that in the comments someone has already invited ‘Ballard’ to do a reading. With all due respect to the people who erected this (and thanks for the […]



Ballard World: Almost There!

By • May 25th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, consumerism, theme parks

Since posting about Ballard World, it would appear things are moving quicker than we imagined. According to this newspaper article, “A sex theme park designed to enhance its visitors’ lovemaking skills will open in the heart of London within months, the academy’s director announced on Wednesday. Amora — The Academy of Sex and Relationships is […]



Egyptian Ballard World

By • May 24th, 2006 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, consumerism, theme parks

Following on from Ballardian’s breaking coverage of plans to open a string of Ballard Worlds (amusement parks themed after JG Ballard’s work) in Britain, we thought it was high time we paid massive respect to the original Ballard World — in Alexandria, Egypt. The original and the best — the one that started it all. […]



Terminal Theme Parks

By • Feb 17th, 2006 •

Category: America, Ballardosphere, consumerism, theme parks

Am I reading too much into these bits of news that catch my imagination? I’m reminded of HELLO AMERICA. Why? Because Vegas itself is more of a theme city than a real city. And terror in theme parks anywhere carries along an extra whallop since one has already taken a step into a different world. […]



The Angle Between Two Worlds

By • Aug 9th, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, theme parks

Work has already started to turn the 166 acres of the former B52 airbase near Cambridge into the first J.G. Ballard entertainment park of what will become a world wide chain of themed resorts based on the work of the infamous British SF writer. Expected to open in 2007, Ballard World will be the perfect […]



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 […]