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20 JULY 2013

The key image of the present day is the man in the motor car

"In all of these experiments, aborted works, happenings, events, the motif of the car crash is crucial. Ballard sought to understand the role that automobile styling, and mass consumerism, plays in our lives. His sights were set on what he saw as the built–in death drive that technology embodies, the effacing of identity, the shutting off of our neurological systems. Our willingness to submit to the amniotic bliss of the technological womb. Of course, today we know where all this would eventually beach: his 1973 masterpiece, Crash. But in 1971 Ballard was still pushing the farthest limits of his obsession, refining riffs and routines, expanding the parameters of the car crash as far as popular culture would allow. Crucially this was far beyond the stuffy confines of 'literature', which Ballard has never had much time for, and into visual art and film: the realm of the popular imaginary."

(Simon Sellars, 10 August 2007, Ballardian)

Fig.1 dir. Harley Cokeliss, "Towards Crash!", 1971. 16 mm Eastmancolor transferred to video, sound, 17:34 min. Courtesy the artist. © BBC TV 1971.

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16mm197120th centuryabsurd condition of humanityBBC TVBBC2bodily formbodybody experiencecarcar crash • car wash • collisionconsumerismcrashcrash test • crash test dummy • death • Eastmancolor • experimental filmGabrielle Drake • Harley Cokeliss • Harley Cokliss • human interpretation • J G Ballard • James Mossman • Kodak Eastmanmachine aestheticmeaninglessness of life • motorcar • motoristprotection • romancing technology • romanticismsex and machines • styling • suffering and inevitable deathtechnological shaping of sociality • technological system • technoromanticism • The Atrocity Exhibition (1970) • Towards Crash (1971) • traumavisual codes

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Simon Perkins
11 OCTOBER 2012

One Minute Puberty

"Puberty, the fun and exciting times you had with pimples, uncontrolled new powers, and a thousand things you tried out for the first time. Metamorphosis and change and chaos of becoming a real person are some of the themes that I tried to touch on."

(Alexander Gellner, 2011, bitteschön.tv)

Fig.1 "One Minute Puberty (2011) "Written & Animated by Alexander Gellner, Sound Design by Niklas Kröger.

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20112D animation • acne • adolescence • adolescent development • adult body • adulthood • Alexander Gellner • black and whitebodily formbodybody awarenessbody hairchildhoodcoming of age • cultural maturation • hand-drawn animation • hormonal cascade • hormonal signals • libidoline drawing • maturation • maturity • metamorphosis • morphologic changes • Niklas Kroger • physical changes • physical growth • physical transformationphysiquepimplespsychosocial maturationpuberty • sexual maturation • teenage boys • teenagers

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Simon Perkins
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