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Liam O’Farrell makes drawings of his walks in London, and he hopes to walk with Iain and draw those walks too.

 

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Open City Documentary Festival (5-10 September)

As part of this year’s Open City Documentary Festival (5-10 September), we will be presenting a collection of events around artists/filmmakers John Smith and Andrew Kötting.

The programme John Smith: Lost in Leytonstone is characteristic of Smith’s formal ingenuity, anarchic wit and oblique narratives, creating mysterious and sometimes fantastical scenarios from documentary records of everyday life. His work is usually triggered by personal experiences, often occurring in or around his east London domestic environment. The films in this programme all focus on the built environment and were made between 1985 and 1996, while Smith was living in short-life housing in Leytonstone.

 

The industry event John Smith: Give Chance a Chance invites John Smith to talk about how he first became fascinated by the potential of chance and how he incorporates it as an integral part of his working process.The event will be illustrated by a number of his short films, starting with The Girl Chewing Gum.

Pump follows filmmakers Joseph David and Andrew Kötting on a seven-day voyage across an 11 mile stretch of disused monorail in Northern France. Standing eight meters above the ground this concrete viaduct is a relic of the Aérotrain test track: an ambitious project developed in the late 1960s for a nationwide high-speed hovertrain service, which was eventually abandoned due to lack of funds. They travel in a homemade pump trolley, affectionately nicknamed Albertine, and move at an average speed of 2 mph. Folly or quest? Either way, there is no discernable reason for this undertaking, but the challenge of this Dadaist road movie speaks for itself. http://bit.ly/2uYc2gE

Kötting will also be exploring his filmography as part of our Kötting’s Köllaborators & Könfabulators event at the Bargehouse, our festival hub this year http://bit.ly/2x12H9u

 

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Big brother is watching

I seem to have added Big Brother to the website. It’s a widget that tracks readers via geolocation. It’s interesting and quicker than checking the logs of the web server, but it’s kinda scary.

What do you think, readers? Should I remove it?

 

Applied Ballardianism – A Theory of Nothing

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https://www.urbanomic.com/book/applied-ballardianism/

Applied Ballardianism

A Theory of Nothing

by Simon Sellars 

The mediascapes of late capitalism reconfigure erotic responses and trigger primal aggression; under constant surveillance, we occupy simulations of ourselves, private estates on a hyper connected globe; fictions reprogram reality, memories are rewritten by the future…

Fleeing the excesses of ’90s cyberculture, a young researcher sets out to systematically analyse the obsessively reiterated themes of a writer who prophesied the disorienting future we now inhabit. The story of his failure is as disturbingly psychotropic as those of his magus—J.G. Ballard, a prophet of the post-postmodern, voluptuary of the car crash, surgeon of the pathological virtualities pulsing beneath the surface of reality.

Plagued by obsessive fears, defeated by the tedium of academia, yet still certain that everything connects to Ballard, his academic thesis collapses into a series of delirious travelogues, deranged speculations and tormented meditations on time, memory, and loss. Abandoning literary interpretation and renouncing all scholarly distance, he finally accepts the deep assignment that has run throughout his entire life and embarks on a rogue fieldwork project: Applied Ballardianism, a new discipline and a new ideal for living. Only the darkest impulses, the most morbid obsessions, and the most apocalyptic paranoia can uncover the technological mutations of inner space.

An existential odyssey inextricably weaving together lived experience and theoretical insight, this startling autobiographical hyperfiction surveys and dissects a world where everything connects and global technological delirium is the norm—a world become unmistakably Ballardian.

Urbanomic (www.urbanomic.com)

 

 

“Travellers should look for the man at Panopolis”

The last word & testament of CHRIS PETIT, ‘Coming Down In Berlin’, will be available ONLY at London City Airport on Sunday May 21 between 12:30 and 15:30.
Travellers should look for the man at Panopolis with a copy of Roger Gilbert-Lecomte’s The Book Is A Ghost, and approach him with a request for ‘End Times Healing’.

The cassette is a numbered edition of eight. Any remaining unsold at 15:30 will be destroyed. £5 each.

more info: http://purge.xxx

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