Several more articles on Ballard have appeared in recent days, and The Guardian also published the author's final short story, "The Dying Fall", in which the Leaning Tower of Pisa collapses (did it fall or was it pushed?) and is replaced by a replica.
One of the latest pieces to appear is a short article by artist Tacita Dean, connecting Ballard to Robert Smithson's "Spiral Jetty". Fellow author, Michael Moorcock, as well as Ballard's daughter Bea Ballard have also published tributes.
It is interesting that in all of the articles, no mention is made of the experimental film rendering of "The Atrocity Exhibition", directed by Jonathan Weiss, and released on dvd in 2006, including an audio commentary by Ballard himself.
It is now presumably just a matter of time before Hollywood gets their hands on more of Ballard's material, to follow up on Empire of The Sun (Spielberg) and Crash (Cronenberg), neither of which actually manage to be anything like as evocative as Ballard's writing.
The Good Life is an exhibition due to open at The Arnolfini, Bristol, in april, in which artists Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans together with architects 51N4E have re-imagined the Arnolfini building as a complex of luxury apartments. The project reads as an ironic take on the schemes of urban regeneration that have been typical in Western European cities since the eighties. Others involved in the project include BUU affiliate and sound artist Justin Bennett. The exhibition is connected to Arnolfini's season on Futurology.