BORDERLINE BALLARDIAN: exhibition by Globalsapiens
“It is the psychological effects of technological, social and environmental developments I am interested in.” JG Ballard
To question the environment around us, to take a step back and create reality in a world ruled by fictions. Is this the artist’s true role?
Bordeline Ballardian is an exhibition of works that questions and observes British society and the psychological effects of technological, social and environmental developments.
The word ‘Ballardian’ originates from the works of British novelist, James Graham Ballard and is defined as resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in Ballard’s novels and stories, especially a dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects mentioned above.
Ballard’s novels, classed as science fiction are now seeming to resemble the real more than ever, as our 21st century lives hurtle towards huge environmental and psychological uncertainties.
Reckless industrial growth is slowly killing the planet, as air and Water is polluted and littered, food is grown chemically and unsustainably, and oceans are turned into acid pools. What little democratic rights we have are being shaken to their core by the intertwined forces of runaway capitalism and the nation state, which require nothing more of us than alienated consumers. We are stolen and then sold back as make up and fashion.
All this certainly Sounds like a Ballard novel to me… But do we ever ask ourselves the question, in all seriousness “could the world I’m living in now be rightly classed as dystopian?” It can be hard to the see the world for what it truly is whilst you’re in the midst of it.
The exhibition aims to take a step back, observe and inform.
Clinton Kirkpatrick (Lisburn)
Gary Steadman (Barnsley)
Jade Morris (Sheffield)
Jonathan Butcher (Sheffield)
John Ledger (Sheffield)
Kim Thompson (Manchester)
Mikk Murray (Sheffield)
Nancy Richardson (Sheffield)
Robert Norbury (Holmfirth)
Ryan Vodden (Sheffield)
Stuart Alexander (London)
Leeds Annonymous (Leeds)
Blog here: http://borderlineballardian.wordpress.com/
Open night Friday 6th July 2012 @ 6pm onwards with live poetry and discussion!