Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ballardian Architecture: Inner and Outer Space

I'm giving a short talk as part of the Architecture programme at the Royal Academy of Arts, in a forum about J.G. Ballard and Architecture. I'll be talking about his short story 'Chronopolis' as an engagement with the Fordist and Taylorist tendencies of modernist urbanism.

Here's the blurb:

Acclaimed writer J. G. Ballard derived inspiration from aspects of the built environment that architectural convention and critics tend to overlook. This forum looks at how omnipresent but under-recognised spaces such as airports, car parks, motorway interchanges and suburban streets provided source material, and how Ballard’s perceptions may challenge and inform contemporary architecture.
Royal Academy; 2–5.30pm; £25/£16 reductions (incl. drink)

Full details (and online booking facilities) are here.