View from Cockforest

A summer comes to an end…

…and, bar a research trip to Carradale, thoughts must, inevitably, turn to the education of others. This summer I’ve not watched much, but I have read things. Here they are. A Naomi Mitchison obsession develops. Walter Tevis’ Mockingbird turns out to be wonderful. Ballard – no more required. Love, communication and rabbits all on the bill. No Wodehouse, what?       

 

Hospitalfield – A Pamphlet…

…and a taste of things to come…

French Windows – Ian Emes 1972

This is pretty incredible – 1972, Ian Emes. After French Windows was shown on the Whistle Test, Pink Floyd picked up the phone…

French Windows

Sedmikrasky (Daisies) 1966

After a morning of psychedelic drifting, mask learning/making, killing fruit flies, I’m watching Věra Chytilová‘s Daisies today.

Watch it too!

 

The Human Voice

Ever had a bad break-up? Well, at least you didn’t hang on the phone, calling them darling and agreeing to keep the dog (although, you should always keep the dog).

Watch this (made-for-tv 1967) version of Cocteau’s 1930 play La Voix humaine, The Human Voice right here, with the wonderful Bergman. One of the great one- person gigs… Go Ingrid!

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

imomus

Here are various Momus links, mostly sleeping…

imomus

Click Opera

Early LPs to listen to and sigh are here.

Spiders vs. Bee

Watch Spiders vs. Bee.

No one dies.

Home (2009)

Here’s a link to Home, a 2009 BBC TV version of Ballard’s The Enormous Space, with Antony Sher. Just not quite (Wheatley’s) High-Rise enough for me. Budgets, one imagines.

But why aren’t the Beeb and/or Ch4 not making a Ballard-a-yr? It’s our cultural heritage init? We need a Ballard manufacturing company equivalent to Merchant Ivory. I christen it Inner Concrete. Now go…

 

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 ballardian.com