Biomorphic Horror: from zoe to zero

Biomorphic Horror. With an effort, Dr Nathan looked away from Catherine Austin as she picked at her finger quicks. Unsure whether she was listening to him, he continued: ‘Travers’s problem is how to come to terms with the violence that has pursued his life – not merely the violence of accident and bereavement, or the […]

exo scars

A hermetic suburb ringed by derelict overpasses.  The low sun etching grainy pebbledash and plaster. Internal walls pucker grey-veined “new flesh”.  Pink sporocarps in tenement halls, tumescent foam mattresses fruit delicate engines over stained concrete. Roaches juiced with bone or collagen radii. Hear them pine, their agony. It makes you want to hurt them some […]

Philosophical Catastrophism: Posthumanism as Speculative Aesthetics

Philosophical Catastrophism: Posthumanism as Speculative Aesthetics   Traven lost within the blocks With the exhaustion of his supplies, Traven remained within the perimeter of the blocks almost continuously, conserving what strength remained to him to walk slowly down their empty corridors. The infection in his right foot made it difficult for him to replenish his […]

Ballarday – time music and the parody of crystals

I was raised in an amorphous outer-London suburb which, it has always seemed to me, could wrap a world in its condescension. This non-place, which J G Ballard explores in works such as Vermillion Sands, the Atrocity Exhibition and Crash, was more familiar than anything real. It formed the grammar of feeling and, for a time, a solitude beyond rage. […]

Pornography and Resurrection

Ballard’s novella Myths of the Near Future [formulates] a deranged ‘metametaphorics’ for which pornography and a kind of autistic bricolage function as the privileged figures of knowledge. Myths relates the epidemiology of a mysterious schizoid condition that appears to emenate from the abandoned Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. When its protaganist, the Orphic architect Roger […]

Ballard and Bataille: topology of desire

When James has sex with the crippled social worker Gabrielle following a visit to the Earls Court motor show, it is not the authorised conjunctions of the gendered body which determines their erotic itinerary but the abrasions and indentations of flesh and leg-brace, the coincidence of the body and an intimate design technology. The wounds […]