Things I am into

Annihilation – Alex Garland – 2018

Annihilation is a far less anaemic film than Ex Machina and the casting’s perfect. The Thing, Stalker, The Crystal World each get a nod and there’s a very, very frightening bear. Lucky I caught it before I rainbow-ed my own current work in progress though…

Margaret Salmon, Mm & Sacred Paws @ The Tramway

Live score for Margaret’s Salmon’s Mm by Sacred Paws was exciting! Mm showing Berwick Speedway lads transforming from ordinary to adonis-y over a day, reduced to 30 minutes here. Sacred Paws caused dancing and warm feelings of admiration, made even cosier by the presence of favs. L and L.

Spoorloos (1989)

From under a snow-topped blanket, I loved Spoorloos (The Vanishing), George Sluizer’s film is reminiscent of much of Eric Rohmer’s 80s output. Or maybe it’s a fashion thing?

‘Based on Time Krabbe’s The Golden Egg, The Vanishing is a deeply disturbing psychological thriller about a young man’s search for his girlfriend after she disappears at a rest stop during a short trip.’ IMDB

“The best Blade Runner sequel is Peter by Jane Topping.” Matt M. Lloyd

I thought I was done and dusted with Facebook, and then Matt, director of the Glasgow Short Film Festival, posts this smashing endorsement of Peter.

I’m hoping my new video, working title Peter 2049 of course, will turn out to be the best Blade Runner sequel sequel.

Thanks Matt!




Pye Corner Audio: Stasis

I’m aye late to the audio party, but this is fantastic (and only a year old). Not sludgy or maudlin, Stasis is my current favourite to wiggle to. Less ‘creeping dread’ and more ‘dreamy disco with an otherworldly twist’ (thank you Holly Dicker). Buy it here.

Listen to it here.

Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs – Stephen Sutcliffe

This is the Sutcliffe show you’ve been waiting for. Get to it…

Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs takes its title from a damming review of David Storey’s novel ‘Radcliffe’, which was critical of all the qualities Sutcliffe admires, namely its bleak, alienating narrative and ‘garrulous’ characters. The exhibition pulls at the seams of identity, expanding upon recurrent themes in Sutcliffe’s work: self-doubt, obsession, cultural constructs and class conflict. Central to the exhibition, one of two new video works draws parallels between the story of Radcliffe and the unrequited homosexual fixations of British filmmaker, Lindsay Anderson, toward possessive actor, Richard Harris. The exhibition also features a collection of working notes and images from Sutcliffe’s personal archive associated with previous video works, placing emphasis on the central role of collage within his creative thought.”

Recital – Sarah Forrest

I like everything that Sarah makes, but Recital, which I was looking at yesterday, is unbelievably great.

Recital (2016)

Sarah on Vimeo


Here are various Momus links, mostly sleeping…


Click Opera

Early LPs to listen to and sigh are here.

JGB does Advertising

Following on from his 1958 Project for a New Novel, Ballard made this series of  five ‘Advertiser’s Announcements’ created and published from 1967 to 1971 in Ambit magazine. According to Ballard:

‘Back in the late 60s I produced a series of advertisements which I placed in various publications (Ambit, New Worlds, Ark and various continental alternative magazines), doing the art work myself and arranging for the blockmaking, and then delivering the block to the particular journal just as would a commercial advertiser. Of course I was advertising my own conceptual ideas, but I wanted to do so within the formal circumstances of classic commercial advertising — I wanted ads that would look in place in Vogue, Paris Match, Newsweek, etc. To maintain the integrity of the project I paid the commercial rate for the page, even in the case of Ambit, of which I was and still am Prose Editor. I would have liked to have branched out into Vogue and Newsweek, but cost alone stopped me…’

Much more on

Hospitalfield – on a Sunday morning…