July, 2017

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


Here are various Momus links, mostly sleeping…


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

Hospitalfield – on a Sunday morning…

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction

Popped into the Barbican (a beautiful Ballardian thing if there ever was) on Friday for Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction. Really, I went to see Terence Broad’s autoencoded version of Blade Runner (an fascinating formal exercise – watch a clip of it here), but there were other treats too – a suit that once contained John Hurt, a model made for Silent Running by Doug Turnbull, the stunning, lush, smooooooth Invisible Cities # Part 1 # Metabolism by Pierre-Jean Giloux. A range of plug-ins from Cronenberg’s eXistenZ

More on the Barbican website here.



Back to Ballard

Writing and reading on a train for 12 hours or so this weekend, and post a re-read* ‘n’ watch** of Empire of the Sun, I’m now into Extreme Metaphors – an exhaustive collection of Ballard’s interviews. Read an interview with editor Simon Sellars here.

Angela Carter on Empire of the Sun (1984).

*Definitely read this.

**There is no need to ever watch this.

Topping 2016 – Munich

Thank you to experimental ear owner (the ears are real, their preferred MO avant-garde) CM for this spot of my (previously unknown) talents, in Munich.

Who knew?