Tag Archives: Ballard

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Ballard in Berlin

Newly out on Ballardian, an interview I did last year with Paul Plamper and Niklas Goldbach, who have adapted J. G. Ballard’s High Rise into a German radio play and film. Called Hochhaus, the adaptation is, for my money, the best adaptation of Ballard yet; more entertaining than Spielberg, more sensitive to Ballard’s subtleties than Cronenberg. Ballard’s 1975 novel is transplanted to Berlin in 2013, giving it an entirely different and very suggestive historical context. Especially perceptive about the politics of architecture, Plamper and Goldbach have their own unique take on Ballard’s modern relevance.

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Reports from the Ballard conference

The Ballard conference at UEA was quite a plateau of sustained intensity. At the always-excellent Ballardian there’s a very comprehensive overview of the weekend, with links and trackbacks to other blogs with write-ups. And quite extraordinarily, Ballardian scholarship has its very own recording angel, Rick McGrath, at whose site there’s now an archive of many of the papers in audio, with photos and abstracts.

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UEA Ballard conference

There’s much more information now available on the conference on J. G. Ballard, on the 5th and 6th of May at UEA. As well as the full programme of events, there are also abstracts now online.

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Conference on J. G. Ballard

On the 5th and 6th of May there’s the first ever conference on Ballard’s work, held at the University of East Anglia. Called “From Shanghai to Shepperton”: An International Conference on J.G. Ballard, it’s a pretty wide-ranging event, with over 40 speakers involved. There’s even a session on Ballard and Deleuze, which sadly I’ll miss, as at the same time I’m speaking in another session, on “Reading Posture and Gesture in Ballard’s Novels”. This is clearly some kind of divine punishment for writing something which isn’t about Deleuze… The final programme is now available at the conference website (follow the above link).