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is a tribute to JG Ballard's Atrocity Exhibition

- Jérôme Bertin - Rodolphe Bessey - David-Baptiste Chirot -
- Ian Curtis - Rachel Defay-Liautard - Laurent Herrou - Mario Hinz -
- Harold Jaffe - Javier Kronauer - Gary Lain - MEZ - Jean-Pierre Paringaux -
- Erik Rzepka - Matina Stamatakis - Andrés Vaccari -

… re-interpreting each chapter contained in JG Ballard's Atrocity Exhibition.

...For this project, each participant selected a title taken from one of the 15 chapters in the atrocity exhibition (by JGBallard); the text provided to CrashTest had to be somehow related to the theme or concept of ”atrocity_exhibition”; it could be inspired by the book, by the movie or by anything else that was deemed to be connected to the convergence/collision of inner and outer landscapes. The objective was not to produce a pastiche of the AEx but to use it as a point of entry into this undifferentiated chaos where news bulletins, scientific reports, dialogues, pulsions are amalgamated, decontextualised and often placed at the same level; at the same time we wanted to explore the idea of exposure, exhibition and see how the irrational, the unspeakable can be re-packaged, re-ordered to acquire a different meaning.

The 15 chapters are:

1. The Atrocity Exhibition
2. The University of Death
3. The Assassination Weapon
4. You: Coma: Marilyn Monroe
5. Notes Towards a Mental Breakdown
6. The Great American Nude
7. The Summer Cannibals
8. Tolerances of the Human Face
9. You and Me and the Continuum
10. Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy
11. Love and Napalm: Export U.S.A.
12. Crash!
13. The Generations of America
14. Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan
15. The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race