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Crash and the Aesthetics of Disappearance

By • Oct 22nd, 2013 •

Category: features, Jean Baudrillard, Lead Story, speed & violence, visual art

Art critic Andrew Frost explores the power of J.G. Ballard’s crashed-car metaphor as it spans two exhibitions 42 years apart: Ballard’s own ‘Crashed Cars’ show of 1970, and Ms&Mr’s 2012 Ballard-referencing video exhibition, Videodromes for the Alone: Amputee for the Neurotic Future 1988/2012.



Cosmic Sentinels and Spiral Jetties: J.G. Ballard, Robert Smithson & Tacita Dean

By • Mar 3rd, 2013 •

Category: architecture, deep time, features, film, Lead Story, Robert Smithson, Tacita Dean, temporality, urban decay, urban ruins, visual art

Tacita Dean’s new film, JG, is currently on view at the Arcadia University Art Gallery. JG is inspired by Dean’s correspondence with J.G. Ballard, and explores connections between his short story ‘The Voices of Time’ and Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty. To celebrate Dean’s new work, Andrew Frost explores the enduring and mysterious relationship between Ballard, Smithson and Dean.



David Pelham: The Art of Inner Space

By • Feb 26th, 2012 •

Category: America, Brigid Marlin, deep time, dystopia, Eduardo Paolozzi, entropy, enviro-disaster, inner space, interviews, Lead Story, visual art

David Pelham produced perhaps the most Ballardian images ever to grace the covers of Ballard’s novels, prompted by this brief from the author himself: ‘‘monumental/tombstones/airless thermonuclear landscape/horizons/a zone devoid of time’. Here, Pelham discusses his apocalyptic art with James Pardey.



‘A temporarily tame tiger’: Brigid Marlin on J.G. Ballard, Paul Delvaux and surrealist art

By • Jan 3rd, 2012 •

Category: Barcelona, Brigid Marlin, Iain Sinclair, inner space, interviews, John Baxter, Lead Story, Lucien Freud, Paul Delvaux, religion, Salvador Dali, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, surrealism, visual art

Andrew Bishop’s fascinating interview with artist Brigid Marlin, who created for Ballard two of the more enduring symbols of his career: reproductions of lost paintings by surrealist Paul Delvaux, which adorned Ballard’s Shepperton home and formed beguiling conversation pieces for visiting interviewers.



Flaunting Conventions: Paolozzi, Ballard and Bax

By • Jan 29th, 2011 •

Category: academia, Ambit magazine, Eduardo Paolozzi, features, Lead Story, visual art

To promote the one-day conference ‘Eduardo Paolozzi Re-readings’ at Manchester Metropolitan University on 18 February, we present excerpts from David Brittain’s essay on the relationship between Paolozzi, Ballard and Ambit’s Martin Bax.



Landscapes From a Dream: How the Art of David Pelham Captured the Essence of J G Ballard’s Early Fiction

By • Jun 14th, 2010 •

Category: deep time, Ernst, features, inner space, Lead Story, New Worlds, Salvador Dali, short stories, surrealism, visual art

For Ballard surrealist art was one of many possible routes to inner space. But inner space in its quintessentially Ballardian form needed something other than surrealist reproductions on the covers of his books. This was the challenge facing David Pelham, when Penguin’s Ballard titles came up for reprint.



Better Living through Psychopathology

By • May 16th, 2010 •

Category: academia, advertising, Ambit magazine, America, consumerism, features, inner space, media landscape, psychopathology, science fiction, space relics, visual art, WWIII

Examining Ballard’s artwork from the late 60s, Benjamin Noys uncovers a future that never took place. The image he focuses on appears as a very 60s image, yet it disjoints itself from that moment by its prescient refusal of the usual models of repression, liberation, and recuperation.



Simon O’Carrigan’s The Drowned World

By • Mar 28th, 2010 •

Category: animation, entropy, enviro-disaster, features, Freud, Lacan, Lead Story, urban decay, urban ruins, visual art

Ballardian.com presents selections taken from artist Simon O’Carrigan’s mixed-media series “The Drowned World”, a title taken in reference to a speculative fiction that inspired much of the imagery in this work: J.G. Ballard’s The Drowned World.



“Ambiguous aims”: a review of Crash: Homage to J.G. Ballard [NSFW]

By • Mar 12th, 2010 •

Category: America, Andy Warhol, celebrity culture, Lead Story, media landscape, nuclear war, reviews, Salvador Dali, speed & violence, visual art, WWII

Ballard’s writing has a strong connection to visual art. It informed his work and led to him befriending some of the leading artists of his time, while in turn his work has influenced today’s crop. As Ben Austwick reports, the exhibition Crash: Homage to J.G. Ballard represent these diverse strands in a haphazard, yet always interesting fashion.



Crash: Homage to JG Ballard

By • Feb 12th, 2010 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art

Press release for the Gagosian Gallery exhibition “Crash,” a major group exhibition opening on 11 February 2010, which takes its title from the famous novel by JG Ballard.



‘What exactly is he trying to sell?’: J.G. Ballard’s Adventures in Advertising, part 1

By • May 4th, 2009 •

Category: advertising, Ambit magazine, consumerism, features, invisible literature, media landscape, New Worlds, sexual politics, Shanghai, visual art

The aesthetic of the advertisement appears again and again in J.G. Ballard’s work. Here, Rick McGrath explores Ballard’s fascination with the structure of advertising, and the role of the advertising man himself, examining ersatz ads in detail right across the body of JGB’s work.



Update: Times Crash Competition

By • Jan 19th, 2009 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art

News on the stalled competition to design the cover of the new edition of Crash.



Three levels of reality: J.G. Ballard's 'Court Circular'

By • Jan 11th, 2009 •

Category: advertising, Ambit magazine, features, sexual politics, visual art

Mike Holliday examines one of the strangest, most obscure artifacts of Ballard’s career: the concrete poetry and graphic art that make up ‘J.G. Ballard’s Court Circular’. As Mike discovers, even the most unremarkable of Ballard’s writings can repay close attention.



Ann Lislegaard: 'Crystal World (after J.G. Ballard)'

By • Dec 12th, 2008 •

Category: animation, Ballardosphere, entropy, enviro-disaster, Fredric Jameson, science fiction, visual art

A slew of information on Ann Lislegaard, the brilliant artist behind ‘Crystal World (after J.G. Ballard’, the mesmerising animation that showed at the recent JGB exhibition in Barcelona. Includes links to an interview, video excerpts and stills.



James Cawthorn, RIP: 1929-2008

By • Dec 4th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, New Worlds, parody, pastiche, visual art

RIP James Cawthorn, illustrator for New Worlds and Savoy Books; pastichist of Ballard.



'Strangest Living Atrocities': Guy Peellaert, 1934-2008

By • Nov 20th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art

The artist Guy Peellaert, designer of Bowie’s Diamond Dogs cover and more, died this week.



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.



‘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.



Postcards from Barcelona

By • Jul 29th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Barcelona, photography, visual art

More autopsy photography from Rick McGrath.



Rick McGrath's Letter from Barcelona: The Exquisite Corpse, An Autopsy of the New Millennium

By • Jul 29th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, autobiography, Barcelona, David Cronenberg, deep time, dystopia, enviro-disaster, features, gated communities, inner space, Lead Story, medical procedure, Salvador Dali, Shanghai, surrealism, visual art

Transmission from Barcelona stop Having a wonderful time stop I believe in nothing stop Lost in surreal image machine and deep-blue-drenched corridors stretching to infinity stop Startling comma perverse visuals stop Rare books and writing stop Exhibition a raging success stop JGB would be proud stop Full letter to follow comma Love Rick end transmission



Announcement: Crash Cover Competition

By • Jul 28th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art

News at last.



J.G. Ballard: In the Raw

By • Jul 22nd, 2008 •

Category: Barcelona, celebrity culture, dystopia, features, film, hyperreality, utopia, visual art, war

Promotional film and catalogue prologue for the exhibition J.G. Ballard: Autopsy of the New Millennium, at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Film features Marilyn Monroe’s ghost, Ballard’s mellifluous tones, snatched Aphex Twin, what looks like James Dean’s car and a severe case of the night terrors.



J.G. Ballard, Autopsy of the New Millennium: Press Release

By • Jul 22nd, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, Barcelona, dystopia, enviro-disaster, film, inner space, science fiction, sexual politics, Shanghai, Shepperton, speed & violence, suburbia, surrealism, utopia, visual art, WWII

Press release with fuller information and accompanying images for JG Ballard, Autopsy of the New Millennium, opening today at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).



Autopsy of the New Millennium: JGB exhibition opens tomorrow in Barcelona

By • Jul 22nd, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, Barcelona, bibliography, film, inner space, visual art

Exciting news about Autopsy of the New Millennium, the 4-month exhibition celebrating the work and enduring influence of J.G. Ballard, opening at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona from tomorrow 22 July, 2008.



'The fusion of science and pornography' (WARNING! Exceptionally unsafe for work)

By • Jul 1st, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, biology, boredom, inner space, medical procedure, photography, psychiatry, sexual politics, visual art

Wim Delvoye’s ‘Kiss’ series of x-ray art echoes The Atrocity Exhibition and the illustrations of Phoebe Gloeckner. WARNING: this post is indisputably unsafe for work. No, seriously: you have been warned.



Drained London

By • Jun 30th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, drained swimming pools, entropy, photography, Shanghai, urban decay, visual art

Drained swimming pools are a staple in Ballard’s work, and also the subject of photographer Gigi Cifali’s latest series.



Flooded London

By • Jun 29th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, architecture, Ballardosphere, deep time, enviro-disaster, urban decay, urban ruins, visual art

Film and media studio floods London 82 years hence, evokes Ballard.



Crash Kama Sutra

By • Jun 16th, 2008 •

Category: advertising, Ballardosphere, speed & violence, visual art

Some more entries in the Crash Cover competition.



Ballard: Big in San Marino!

By • Jun 7th, 2008 •

Category: academia, Ballardosphere, science fiction, visual art

Ballard makes it onto a San Marino stamp. In the absence of American recognition, this will simply have to do.



Crash Cover Conundrum

By • Jun 7th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, speed & violence, visual art

Can anyone tell me what has happened to the competition to design a cover for Crash?



The Light-Painter of Mojave D: An Interview with Troy Paiva

By • Jun 6th, 2008 •

Category: alternate worlds, America, architecture, deep time, entropy, enviro-disaster, flying, interviews, Lead Story, Philip K. Dick, photography, science fiction, speed & violence, surrealism, urban decay, urban ruins, visual art

Troy Paiva’s desert photography evokes the crumbling, decadent resorts and enervated cityscapes of Ballard’s Vermilion Sands and Hello America stories. Enjoy this interview with Troy, the Light-Painter of Mojave D.



The Car that Ate Bournville

By • Apr 30th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, David Cronenberg, suburbia, urban revolt, urban ruins, visual art

Out in the suburbs, the Birmingham-based Ballard exhibition Zodiac 3000 draws first blood…



Zodiac 3000

By • Apr 22nd, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, celebrity culture, consumerism, deep time, photography, psychology, Salvador Dali, sexual politics, speed & violence, surrealism, visual art

For this upcoming exhibition, the International Project Space in Birmingham will be transformed into the J.G. Ballard Centre for Psychopathological Research, “an institute built to interrogate the New Psychology explored in Ballard’s fiction.”



Relocating Absence exhibition

By • Apr 21st, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, deep time, inner space, urban ruins, visual art

Details of a new exhibition in London that “often plays with the constants of space and time”. It includes the work of Michelle Lord, whose “Future Ruins” series previously featured on Ballardian.



One Nation Under CCTV

By • Apr 15th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, CCTV, dystopia, surveillance, technology, visual art

Banksy’s latest masterpiece.



False Space & Time of the Apartment

By • Apr 15th, 2008 •

Category: architecture, Ballardosphere, visual art

Information on a forthcoming exhibition at The University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts and Humanities, inspired by Ballard and The Atrocity Exhibition.



‘Obeying the surrealist formula’: Iain Sinclair & Hermione Lee on Ballard

By • Feb 17th, 2008 •

Category: archival, autobiography, Iain Sinclair, interviews, Salvador Dali, Shanghai, Shepperton, speed & violence, surrealism, visual art, WWII

Here’s a transcription of the BBC Radio Front Row review of Miracles, presented by Mark Lawson and featuring Iain Sinclair and Hermione Lee.



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.



More extracts from Miracles of Life

By • Jan 29th, 2008 •

Category: autobiography, Ballardosphere, boredom, psychology, science fiction, speed & violence, visual art

The Times has two more extracts from Miracles of Life. In the first, Ballard reminisces about his time as a trainee air force pilot. In the second, he discusses the ideas behind Crash.



12 Steps Down: reviewed

By • Jan 21st, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, short stories, visual art

Guardian columnist Jean Hannah Edelstein reviews the 12 Steps Down exhibition, based on J.G. Ballard’s short story, ‘The Drowned Giant’.



Love among the mannequins

By • Jan 15th, 2008 •

Category: advertising, Ballardosphere, body horror, consumerism, death of affect, fashion, visual art

Here’s a new campaign from fashion label Dsquared2, featuring sex with crash-test mannequins. But it doesn’t appear to be selling anything. What exactly *is* it selling? Note the photographer: none other than our old mucker, Steven Meisel.



'12 Steps Down': art inspired by 'The Drowned Giant'

By • Jan 10th, 2008 •

Category: Ballardosphere, short stories, visual art

News of a ‘site-concerned work’ inspired by Ballard’s short story ‘The Drowned Giant’ and by ‘the labyrinthine, vernacular architecture of Shoreditch Town Hall’s basement’, with 25 artists invited to produce work around these themes.



J.G Ballard: The Visual Tribute, Part 2

By • Dec 30th, 2007 •

Category: entropy, enviro-disaster, short stories, visual art

Here’s a selection of visual art that we’ve previously featured on this site, all directly inspired by or referencing themes in Ballard’s work. See Part 1 for more recent discoveries. Image from ‘Future Ruins’ by Michelle Lord Inspired by author J.G. Ballard’s literary visions of modernist architectural design and his prophetic views on the technological […]



J.G. Ballard: The Visual Tribute

By • Dec 28th, 2007 •

Category: Australia, David Cronenberg, entropy, enviro-disaster, features, Lead Story, short stories, visual art

Here’s a selection of visual art I’ve recently come across, all directly inspired by or referencing themes in Ballard’s work.



Design a cover for Crash

By • Dec 26th, 2007 •

Category: visual art

Harper Collins and Times Online recently announced a competition to design a cover for Crash. Ballard himself will choose the winning design, so what to avoid? Rick Poynor knows.



The Kindness of Henry

By • Oct 18th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art

Book designer Henry Yee has done a few Ballard covers in his time. His latest, for the reprint of The Kindness of Women, is lovely, weaving the erotic possibilities of the text (the curvature of a woman’s breast) with strong design (a prominent orb, enhanced with a block quote) and the persistence of memory (the […]



This Time it's War!

By • Sep 26th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, visual art, war

Steven Meisel’s latest ‘atrocity porn’ is now online. [ via TimC ] Previously on Ballardian: k-punk on Steven Meisel.



Jon Cattapan's Drowned World

By • Aug 18th, 2007 •

Category: Ballardosphere, enviro-disaster, visual art

Image from Jon Cattapan’s Drowned World (courtesy Victorian College of the Arts). Still in Melbourne, I somehow missed this last year (think I may have been O/S at the time) but it’s worth recording as yet another excellent example of Ballard’s spreading influence in the visual arts. There’s one apparent error, though — as far […]



Ballardian Art in the Antipodes

By • Aug 8th, 2007 •

Category: Australia, Ballardosphere, visual art

J.G. Ballard at KURBgallery. Please pass on to anyone who might be interested. From Pippa Tandy & David Bromfield: “From January 11 to 20 2008 KURB gallery, an artist run non-profit art gallery, studios and performance space at 310 William Street Northbridge, Perth, Australia, will hold an exhibition, forum, programme and events in celebration of […]



Monumental Digital Animations

By • Jul 29th, 2007 •

Category: alternate worlds, Ballardosphere, film, visual art

News of an installation in Oslo… Ann Lislegaard Crystal World ( after J.G Ballard ), 2006; Ann Lislegaard: Science Fiction and other worlds 26 May-26 August 2007 Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Dronningens gt 4, 0107 Oslo, Norway Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art has in recent years presented a series of exhibitions with […]