My first viewing of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983) was shattering. I was upended by its dislocated narrative rather than the body horror of its denouement, – where image extrudes into reality and bodies develop erogenous control surfaces or explode into cancerous larvae. I could not see how this unreality emerged from the film it initially […]
The Biomorphic Horror of Everyday Life
This paper has been written for the Philosophy, Art and Society: Body as Medium event in the Watershed Media Center, Bristol June 16 2018 It explores the idea of the ‘biomorph’ as a perverse ‘non-philosophical’ solution to the aporias of speculative posthumanism through the work of J G Ballard, Hans Bellmer and Gary J Shipley. […]
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 […]
The Ontological Catastrophe in Ballard, Brassier and Cronenberg
David Roden – The Noise of the Future: Against Posthuman Ethics from Sonic Acts on Vimeo. A bit Dalek like from a hard night bopping in the Paradiso club, but I remain standing and more or less self-aware throughout. The paper considers Ballard, Brassier and Cronenberg in the light of posthuman theory.