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Ballardian Architecture: Inner and Outer Space

This forum was organised by the RA Architecture Programme, and took place in the Reynolds Room at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, on Saturday 15 May 2010.

John Gray, author and philosopher, identifies correspondences between Ballard’s work and Guy Debord’s notion of the spectacle, discussing certain ramifications for contemporary economic and social phenomena.

Nic Clear, architect and lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, delivers a paper entitled ‘J.G. Ballard is an Enemy of the Architectural Profession’.

David Cunningham, University of Westminster, examines architectural aspects of Ballard’s prose, exploring corresponding tendencies in the writings of Iain Sinclair and W.G. Sebald.

Session 1 concludes with a discussion featuring speakers John Gray, David Cunningham and Nic Clear. The discussion is chaired by Jeremy Melvin, and features contributions from members of the audience.

Nigel Coates, architect and lecturer, discusses the influence of Ballard’s writings upon a number of his architectural projects, as well as reviewing work by some of his students at the Royal College of Art.

Matthew Taunton, author and academic, investigates Ballard’s 1960 short story ‘Chronopolis’, highlighting Ballard’s engagement with modernist urbanism and his response to Taylorism and Fordism.

Chris Hall, journalist and writer, analyses architectural aspects of Ballard’s short story ‘The Terminal Beach’.

Joanne Murray, lecturer and Birkbeck PhD candidate, discusses formal characteristics of Ballard’s art and writing in relation to New Brutalist architecture.

Dan Holdsworth, artist, discusses his photographs, highlighting architectural motifs and visual tendencies that reflect aspects in Ballard’s prose.

Tim Abrahams, journalist and Associate Editor of ‘Blueprint’ magazine, discusses Ballard’s Shanghai-set, semi-autobiographical novel ‘Empire of the Sun’ in relation to the Shanghai Expo 2010.

Session 2 concludes with a discussion featuring speakers Dan Holdsworth, Nigel Coates, Tim Abrahams, Chris Hall, Joanne Murray and Matthew Taunton. The discussion is chaired by Gavin Parkinson, and features contributions from members of the audience.

Claire Walsh, editor, researcher and J.G. Ballard’s partner, discusses Ballard’s life and interests in a presentation that closes the proceedings of the forum.

Teeth in the Eighteenth Century and the Tooth Transplant

In the eighteenth century, the professionalisation of dentistry, the free market economy, fashion, and the rise of ‘scientific medicine’ each played a part in proliferating the already established technique of transplanting a tooth from one human mouth to another. This short film for LitSciMed and WellcomeFilm identifies and introduces the contributing factors to the popularisation of the tooth transplant.

A film by Paul Craddock and Jonathan Law. With thanks to the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, and the British Dental Association for their kind permission to film on location and for the use of their collections. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Briony Hudson and Melanie Parker for their contributions.

This film was awarded the first prize in the Wellcome LitSciMed Video Competition.


Sound artist John Wynne and photographer Tim Wainwright reflect on the collaborative visual and sonic portraiture in their Transplant project. A film by Paul W. Craddock & Walter Stabb. Special thanks to John Wynne, Tim Wainwright, Vicky Hume, rb&hArts, and all involved in the Transplant project.

Anish Kapoor RA in conversation with Sir Nicholas Serota
21/04/2010, 9:05 am
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This event took place in the Reynolds Room at the Royal Academy of Arts on Friday 27 November 2009, to accompany the exhibition Anish Kapoor (26 September – 11 December 2009).

BUST Craftacular
04/03/2010, 8:44 pm
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Crafts are back in fashion, and the BUST Craftacular is one of the biggest and most exciting craft events to date. Jessica Lee and Jon Law report on an event that brought together feminist cushions, subversive cakes, and – what else – a Tatty Devine Christmas tree.

Do You Remember Olive Morris?

An interview with the artist Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre about  the Brixton-based activist Olive Morris, and Ana Laura’s exhibition ‘Do You Remember Olive Morris?’, which ran at the Gasworks Gallery in Vauxhall, London, from November 2009 to January 2010.

Further information on the exhibition is here, and on Olive Morris and the work of ROC (Remembering Olive Collective) here.

The film was made by Leandro Cardoso, helped by James Wilkes.