Thursday, February 25, 2010


Jake and Dinos Chapman
Bangwallop. By J&D Ballard, 2010
Edition of 1000
19.4 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm


Anonymous Anonymous said...


February 25, 2010 8:14 pm  
Anonymous John Eggeling said...

This is one of my favourites from the current Ballard exhibition at the Gagosian, neatly summarised by the spurious quote on the back cover - "Bangwallop is Crash crashed," Captain Oceanic.

Inside you will find the text of Ballard's Crash interspersed with meaningless symbols, exactly as you would have if you rescued a file from a crashed disc without editing it. A neat little joke which I like a lot!

February 26, 2010 5:40 pm  
Anonymous John Eggeling said...

It has been pointed out to me that the text is not entirely by Ballard; interspersed with the passages from CRASH is text from another source that reads more like Wm. Burroughs than JG.

The work is actually two files that have crashed and been rescued. Which might explain why it is called BANGWALLOP and not BANG, WALLOP.

The blacked out text at the rear of the work, presumably a reference to Tom Phillips' A HUMUMENT, helps underline the fact the work is a cut-up.

February 28, 2010 12:37 pm  
Blogger Paul McAuley said...

The logical fate of all literature: mashed, crashed, and smashed together inside Google's vast cloud library into one metatext.

February 28, 2010 1:09 pm  

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