Archive for March, 2011

Borealis and the Dreyblatt concert Bergen

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Wake Island, the dream out of time continues

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First of all its Ballard – My Dream of Flying to Wake Island – then after the 9.0 earthquake off Sendai in Japan the reports of a Tsunami warning for Wake Island and through a search into information about the island a link through the website Ballardian, to the Swedish film maker Solveig Nordlund and her film.

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“In 2002 the Ballardian feature-film universe expanded substantially with the release of Aparelho Voador a Baixa Altitude, Solveig Nordlund’s artfully rendered riff on JG Ballard’s 1976 short story, ‘Low-Flying Aircraft’. Seen mainly at film festivals, this Portuguese-Swedish co-production was a welcome addition to the Ballard filmography.”

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In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Japan, the legacy of  a nuclear radiation, the Pacific WWII  battles, the history of the island and our current awareness of wind carried radiation (since Chernobyl) that would cross the pacific towards the USA trips out our imagination in a way that Ballard would see.

Traveling to Wake Island now would be perfect timing, close to an edge of past present and future, a place out of time. A place of the ‘mythology of the future’.

Ask Nature

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via ballardian and the guardian

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Asking Nature something  presumes that there is such a thing as Nature, but here we have a site with a purpose  for Nature. Nature is reconfigured into a  resource of interaction, ideas and facsimiles for application into the human world. Such depth mining will be continually fascinating but the solutions may be eternally superficial as well. The goal appears to be financial masquerading as humanistic. We shall see, in due course, as ever. As for being a new kind of search engine with ethical intent, who knows, when the web and life is already everything and everywhere. Biochemical solutions could mean biochemical problems with the eye always on the end product and not the processes of production, extinction and trail damage en route. Timothy Morton’s writing on – ecomimesis – and the concept of – ecology without nature – may be a good antidote for this kind of techno-spiritual mimesis. Ask Nature looks smooth but is it asset mining with an ecological twist? Can studying schools of fish really make a smart car, if the smart car has to be built with something and run on something else. The idea of total synthesis where we get exactly what we desire with no nightmare is  probably not just around the next bend in the river or the glass clad lab. If a super life saving drug turns up that cures all, or a free, limitless energy supply reveals itself then we are home free, aren’t we? Then what?