Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

‘Human or other; depends who comes’: the Ballardian films of Paul Williams

By • Oct 19th, 2010 •

Category: Abu Dhabi, architecture, features, film, Lead Story, paranormal, travel, urbanism, utopia

Introducing the incredible short films of Paul Williams, who, stationed in Abu Dhabi, mines a unique nexus of Ballard, Islam, rampant development, industrial isolation and subsonic hums.

Eternal Layover

By • Nov 24th, 2008 •

Category: airports, alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, travel

Man survives for three months in airport terminal; doesn’t know why he’s there…

Over to you…

By • Feb 3rd, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, consumerism, fashion, photography, sexual politics, Shanghai, speed & violence, surveillance, travel, urban revolt, visual art

This post is given over to recent links readers have sent me. ‘Ballardian’ or not? You decide.

Micronations: Interstitial, Part 2

By • Nov 19th, 2007 •

Category: alternate worlds, architecture, Ballardosphere, travel

‘You call this a nation?’ Approaching Sealand (photo: Simon Sellars). While we’re on the subject of interstitial architecture, the concept of micronations could be said to be an example, especially when old, forgotten and disused structures slip through the cracks of nationalism. Sealand, a WWII gun platform in the North Sea, is perhaps the most […]

The Great Soporific

By • Oct 24th, 2007 •

Category: Australia, consumerism, inner space, travel

‘Tourism is the great soporific. It’s a huge confidence trick, and gives people the dangerous idea that there’s something interesting in their lives. It’s musical chairs in reverse. Every time the muzak stops people stand up and dance around the world, and more chairs are added to the circle, more marinas and Marriott hotels, so […]

Ballard's in Fashion

By • Oct 11th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, flying, travel

Dom has passed on a new Ballard interview, published in the French fashion mag, Crash (although not online). The interviewer, Yann Perreau clearly has a lot in store for Ballard, but the response he gets is one-liners. I think this was conducted by post or fax, which must explain the odd, stilted quality. Here’s a […]

From Toronto to Shanghai

By • Oct 2nd, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, deep time, Shanghai, Shepperton, travel

Above: the Ballard family’s former house, now lit up in the colours of capitalism. Photo: Rick McGrath. “Do you believe in synchronicity?” Andy asked. “That’s the 10 o’clock signal for today’s national anniversary. Sirens are blowing all over the country right now.” He leaned in, conspiratorially. “It was precisely 70 years ago today the Japanese […]