Death Drive & Crashed Cars Launch Event at Peckham Car park


Prior to the release of his infamous 1973 novel, Crash, JG Ballard explored his controversial subject matter in the exhibition, Crashed Cars, which he staged at the New Arts Lab in Camden Town. Featured in the exhibition were three wrecked cars, as casual acts of vandalism were encouraged, and a naked woman served drinks to guests, whose reactions were captured on video and transmitted to CCTV screens via a live feed.

In homage to Ballard’s creative genius and to celebrate the publication of Death Drive, publisher Circa Press and Peckham art commissioning organisation Bold Tendencies are collaborating to recreate Crashed Cars at Bold Tendencies’ car park home on Levels 7-10 of the Peckham multi-storey in south-east London.

Stephen Bayley’s Death Drive (Circa Press) is a cultural history of the car crash. Released in March, it has been among the most talked-about books of the year.

Now it provides the context for the extraordinary event on 18:30 on Tuesday 13th September, which will feature a performance by celebrated burlesque artist, Ms Tallulah Blue, evoking Ballard’s long-term muse, the striptease artist Euphoria Bliss.

Frank’s Café, a rooftop bar with stunning views of the London skyline, will serve a special Death Drive cocktail – a brand new classic in the cocktail canon. Author Stephen Bayley will also be on hand to sign copies of Death Drive.

On Wednesday 14th September, Bold Tendencies Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park will provide a backdrop for a screening of the David Cronenberg film ‘Crash’, preceded by a talk from Stephen Bayley.