photo by Julio Cortez
You can read the full interview in this pdf: An_Interview_with_J._G._Ballard
Here’s a documentary on Ballard that I haven’t screened yet:
“After long struggle, power will be in the hands of the people. Society will have to be reorganized, toward the integration of each with the whole, where people can realize themselves in peace and freedom. There will be rebuilding to do, but the tremendous power of creative human energy– revealed now in flashes of liberated space and in struggle– will be freed to fulfill its potential. Freed from the constrictions, prejudices and fearful anxieties of imperialist society, people can be better. Our values are collective and communal. Birth and death will be celebrated with dignity: old people will have respect, children will have rights. With the elimination of waste from our society, all the people can eat healthy food. The cities can be real human gardens. We will have to rebuild them, reclaim the rivers and forests, and the dying species. Wielded in the interest of everyone, technology can serve us; no labor need be unproductive. Our art, music, poetry, theater will interpret and awaken the relationship of ourselves to the world forces, acting on each other. Our culture will be insurgent, celebrate people’s victories and record the history of the struggle. We will support those who are still fighting and continue fighting ourselves. We will awaken our sense of being part of a world community.”
— Weather Underground, Prairie Fire.
This piece from The Baffler by David Graeber speaks directly to the conversation we had on Thursday.