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How my father, JG Ballard, foresaw our strange present | Bea Ballard | Opinion | The Guardian
"Given that he predicted a B-movie actor (Ronald Reagan) becoming president, I doubt he would have been surprised that a TV reality star ended up doing the same."
ballard  fiction  politics  society 
november 2016 by kevan
Ballard Geocoded
"A map of the locations in JG Ballard's fiction."
maps  ballard 
october 2011 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: Remnants of the Biosphere
"Watching something originally built precisely as a simulation of the Earth—the 2 in 'Biosphere 2' is meant to differentiate this place from the Earth itself, i.e. Biosphere 1—slowly taken over by the very forces it was naively meant to model is philosophically extraordinary: the model taken over by the thing it represents."
architecture  dereliction  ballard  photos 
january 2010 by kevan
BLDGBLOG: This Diseased Utopia: 10 Thoughts on Swine Flu and the City
"Just as our city streets are wide enough to accommodate the turning radius of a specific class of passenger vehicle, our office cubicles, kindergarten playrooms, courts of law, and university lecture halls could be measured against the infectious vectors of specific pathogens."
cities  design  architecture  pestilence  ballard 
april 2009 by kevan
Ballardian: the World of J.G. Ballard » Indexed out of existence...
"Whether in fact this man was a returning astronaut suffering from amnesia, the figment of an ill-organized advertising campaign, or, as some have suggested, the second coming of Christ, is anyone's guess."
books  ballard  illusions  advertising 
may 2008 by kevan
Ballardian: The World of JG Ballard » An Evening with JG Ballard
Transcript. "I see myself as a weatherman. I look at the sky, read the weather - that's all I think I'm doing actually. I can see a storm coming. I think we live in frightening times."
ballard  interviews  writing  books  future 
september 2006 by kevan
New Statesman - J G Ballard's diary: A fascist's guide to the Premiership
"Could consumerism evolve into fascism? There is nothing to stop some strange consumer trend becoming a new ideology. Church and monarchy are dying on their knees, and politics is just another public utility, along with sewerage and the gas supply."
ballard  politics  sport  society 
september 2006 by kevan
Flickr: J.G. Ballard
"Drained swimming pools in suburban landscapes, gated communities with their security video surveillance, highway embankments, deserted airport concourses, the post industrial nightmare of the end of the western empire."
photos  ballard 
february 2006 by kevan
/seconds - A Psychopathic Hymn: J.G. Ballard's 'Crashed Cars' Exhibition of 1970
"The incongruity of the crashed cars and this celebratory social event was further compounded by the alcohol-induced removal of social constraints and the distancing effect of guests watching themselves on closed-circuit television monitors."
ballard  transport  museums  drinks  psychology  surveillance 
november 2005 by kevan
Ballardian: The World of JG Ballard
A weblog of Ballard news and links and randomly misleading parody. "Expected to open in 2007, Ballard World will be the perfect day trip for stressed out Londoners."
ballard  books  weblogs  via:richardr 
august 2005 by kevan
Nixon's Undelivered Moon Disaster Speech [1969]
"These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice." Reminiscent of the semi-mythological dead-astronaut stuff Ballard wrote in the 60s.
space  history  ballard  death  via:quin 
august 2005 by kevan
Rossignol » Inertial Forces - J G Ballard in the New Statesman
More folklore: "Perhaps elections and the ballot box are little more than a folkloric ritual, along with parliament itself. [...] The chief function of election campaigns is to convince us that politics and politicians are still important."
ballard  politics  via:jones 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | The Spectacle of Flight, reviewed by J G Ballard
"Cabin crew perform a strange folkloric rite that involves synchronised arm movements and warnings of fire and our possible immersion in water, all presumably part of an appeasement ritual whose origins lie back in the pre-history of the propeller age."
ballard  books  transport  fire  water  air  history 
may 2005 by kevan
rodcorp: How we work: J.G. Ballard
"I try to write about 1,000 words a day in longhand and then edit it very carefully later before I type if out. I have been known to stop in the middle of a sentence sometimes when I've reached my limit."
ballard  writing  interviews 
february 2005 by kevan
OPEN! CONCEPTS
Bizarre but innovative Russian designs for jewelry and houses and things. (And agh, another strong Ballard tangent, cf. the "Colortime" watch.)
ballard  clothes  design  furniture  technology 
july 2004 by kevan
Reuters | Singing Japanese plants
"A Japanese invention that turns petals and leaves into amplifiers." (I've just recently read Ballard's 1956 singing-plants "Prima Belladonna".)
ballard  japan  music  plants  sound  technology 
july 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | Age of unreason
Ballard interview. "The chief role of the universities is to prolong adolescence into middle age, at which point early retirement ensures that we lack the means or the will to enforce significant change."
ballard  books  interviews  society  terrorism 
june 2004 by kevan

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