Mythographer of the 21st Century: J.G. Ballard and Ballardian Aesthetics

10 Apr 2013
17:30:00 - 21:00:00
Arcadia University

Mythographer of the 21st Century: J.G. Ballard and Ballardian Aesthetics (Depicting the Psychology, Society & Aesthetics of the Future.)
V. Vale, San Francisco-based Publisher-Editor, RE/Search Publications

Commons Great Room
Wednesday, April 10

Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Lecture: 6:30 p.m.

This is an ancillary event of Arcadia University Art Gallery's current exhibition on JG, a new film by internationally acclaimed British-born, Berlin-based artist Tacita Dean. *JG *was commissioned by and made for Arcadia University Art Gallery and funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

JG *is a sequel in technique to *FILM, Dean’s 2011 project for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. It is inspired by her correspondence with British author J.G. Ballard (1930–2009) regarding connections between and his short story “The Voices of Time” (1960) and Robert Smithson’s iconic earthwork and film Spiral Jetty (both works, 1970). The new 26 1/2 minute work is a looped 35mm anamorphic film shot on location in the saline landscapes of Utah and Southern California using Dean’s recently developed and patented system of aperture gate masking. An unprecedented departure from her previous 16mm films, JG *tries to respond to Ballard’s challenge—posed to her shortly before he died—that Dean should “treat the *Spiral Jetty as a mystery her film would solve.”

JG will be on view from February 7 through April 21, 2013

Arcadia University Art Gallery
450 S. Easton Road
Glenside, PA 19038

Gallery hours:
Tuesday through Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment

Still from *JG *by Tacita Dean, courtesy of Arcadia University Art Gallery.