28 July 2016
Death Drive and Crashed Cars
Stephen Bayley’s Death Drive has been among the most talked-about books of the year. Now it provides the catalyst for an extraordinary event – the recreation of JG Ballard’s exhibition, Crashed Cars. Staged at the London New Arts Laboratory, in April 1970, Ballard’s exhibition explored the subject matter that would inspire his novel, Crash. The exhibition was as controversial as the novel. Featuring three wrecks – a Pontiac, an Austin Cambridge and a Mini – the installation invited casual acts of vandalism, cars were clambered over, and glass broken. In homage to Ballard’s genius, Circa is collaborating with Peckham art-commissioning organisation, Bold Tendencies, to restage Crashed Cars at the Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park. The opening event on 13 September will feature a performance by burlesque artist Talulah Blue, evoking Ballard’s muse, the striptease artist Euphoria Bliss; Frank’s Café will serve a Death Drive cocktail; and Stephen Bayley will be there to sign copies of his book.
For further information please contact: Clemency Christopherson at Belford Communications: [email protected] or the Bold Tendencies office [email protected].