On the persistence of the sphere and circle as a visual motif in science fiction cinema.
Category: Science Fictional
Possible Futures: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art
“The present is being dismal, so instead of keeping a temporality where the present and the past influence the future, we want to switch things around and have the future influence the present.”
Infinite possibilities of the sky: expanding the Ballardian aesthetic
Donald Judd’s large concrete sculptures take on the imperial majesty of grey highways, desert landing strips or the causeways of a NASA launch facility…
Shakespeare and Tony the Tiger
“Heat Death” might not at first reading strike the reader as science fiction at all
Another Future: Hayden Fowler’s Alternative Nature
Kids born in the 1960s and 1970s always knew the end was nigh. We were the bomb generation. Mushroom clouds … More
Crash, and the Aesthetics of Disappearance
In April 1970, the exhibition Crashed Cars opened at the New Arts Lab in Camden Town, London. On display were three smashed up cars: a Pontiac, an Austin Cambridge A60 and a Mini.
Cosmic Sentinels and Spiral Jetties: J.G. Ballard, Robert Smithson & Tacita Dean
Beneath the Great Salt Lake was the centre of an ancient universe…
Super 8 Deluxe
I remember colours; the orange cast of Kodachrome 40, Ektachrome 180 blue, and the Japanese-green of Fujichrome.
You Are There
Science fiction narratives must, of necessity, foreground their decors.
The Look of the Future
Movies about the future tend to be about the future of movies…