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ELYSIUM

Missed this one [like so much of late] last year. Another scorched earth movie narrative. As always my main interest is in the imagined urban landscape.

Elysium ruined Earth city

Elysium ruined Earth city

Read this interesting article today, about two of my favourite author’s apocalyptic urban landscapes novels. The Drowned World and Hello America.

Thinking about saviours, here’s one of my favourite Ballard ‘quotes’, from one of my favourite texts:

“It’s no coincidence that religious leaders emerge from the desert. Modern shopping malls have much the same function. A future Rimbaud, Van Gogh, or Adolf Hitler will emerge from their timeless wastes.” [Atrocity Exhibition, 1990]

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