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August 2006 - The Return Of Dr X

Photos of the event will be published soon. In the meantime, here's a taster to whet your appetite.

Biting Tongues Art Lab - The Return of Dr X - Futuresonic - July 2006

July 2006 - The Return Of Dr X

Futuresonic 2006, Manchester Musuem Of Science & Industry, 22nd July 2006 - Midday

Dr X - A Version Of Events

22 Jul 2006 20:00
The 1830s Warehouse, Museum Of Science & Industry, Castlefield, Manchester

'DR X- another version of events': spoken word/electronics/film piece by BTAL.

BTAL are Ken Hollings /Howard Walmsley/Graham Massey.

BTAL stands for Biting Tongues Arts Lab.

Note this is 12 midday -a lunch time event on saturday as part of Futuresonic

"Dr X is a spoken word / video / electronic music performance evoking the feel of an illustrated surreal science lecture. The piece takes as its starting point, a fragment of the lost 1930s horror film, Dr X, and expands it into an essay on the dawn of the age of electricity in 1930's New York. Ken Hollings, Graham Massey and Howard Walmsley, the three members of BTAL (Biting Tongues Arts Lab) have collaborated together since 1979. Ken Hollings is a writer and broadcaster, Howard Walmsley is a film director/producer/musician, Graham Massey is an international recording artist remixer and producer credits include his own bands 808state, Toolshed and Homelife along side collaborations as diverse as Bjork to Robbie Williams, Brian Eno to Quincy Jones."


From June 23 on

Welcome to Mars: Sensurround Version is an exclusive presentation for Totally Radio, invoking in words, music and sounds an amazing bygone age of flying saucers, atomic mutations, mind-altering drugs and the men behind them. Written and presented by Ken Hollings, sequenced and produced by Simon James, it takes the listener on a countdown from 1947 right through to 1959 with special contributions from Sun Ra, Desmond Leslie, Pamela Lucia, Henry Jacobs and a bunch of schoolchildren singing an old Carpenters song. We dare you to miss it.

Please note that all twelve episodes of the original Welcome to Mars series are now available as podcasts from


June 30, 6:30pm-7:30pm

Gallery 4, Hayward Gallery, South Bank, London SE1

There is no collective consciousness - only acts of communication that acknowledge a condition of absolute isolation have any chance of survival. In a media-saturated culture, 2-D magazines maintain and create offline communities of the mind.

As part of the exhibition ‘Undercover Surrealism’. Picasso, Miró, Masson and the vision of Georges Bataille, 11 May - 30 July 2006, Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Journal, Adam Scrivener of Inventory Journal, writer and curator Lisa Le Feuvre discuss with Ken Hollings the legacy of Georges Bataille’s Documents in their work.

For more information:

February 28th 2006 - WELCOME TO MARS 1947-1959

written & presented by Ken Hollings - on Resonance FM

Ken Hollings presents a live twelve-part series of unscripted reflections on the fantasy of science in the early years of the American Century

With electronic sound production by Simon James  


Between 1947 and 1959, the future was written about, discussed and analysed with such confidence that it became a tangible presence. This is a story of weird science, strange events and even stranger beliefs, set in an age when the possibilities for human development seemed almost limitless.


Programme 1: 1947: Rebuilding Lemuria

Broadcast live on Resonance FM, 3.30pm, March 1, 2006

Repeated 10.00pm, March 3, 2006


Programme 2: 1948-49: Flying Saucers Over America

Broadcast live on Resonance FM, 3.30pm, March 8, 2006

Repeated 10.00pm, March 10, 2006


Programme 3: 1950: Cheapness and Splendour

Broadcast live on Resonance FM, 3.30pm, March 15, 2006

Repeated 10.00pm, March 17, 2006


Part Four: 1951: Absolute Elsewhere

Broadcast live on Resonance FM, 3.30pm, March 22, 2006

Repeated 10.00pm, March 24, 2006


104.4 FM or live stream direct from the Resonance FM website


Welcome to Mars will also be available as a series of podcasts from

A Project Thrust production – ‘The Name You Can Trust.’

January 12th 2006 - Confessions Of A Crap Artist - written & presented by Ken Hollings - on BBC Radio 4 on January 16th at 9:30pm (GMT)


It wasn’t Philip K. Dick’s fault that God started talking to him in 1974.
Find out what happened when a Californian science fiction writer went in search of the divine with a typewriter and a tape recorder.
A strange tale of madness, machines and attempted suicide.
With contributions from Kim Stanley Robinson, Ray Nelson, Brian Aldiss,
Tim Powers, James Blaylock and, for the first time on British radio, the Philip K. Dick Android.

Written and presented by Ken Hollings
Produced by Mark Burman
Mixed by Jon Calver

Monday, January 16, 2006, 8.30-9.00 pm (GMT) on BBC Radio 4, 93.5 FM

"Philip K Dick is now world famous, thanks to films like Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report. But in the last years of his life he encountered something so strange and troubling he couldn't stop writing about it. Writer Ken Hollings asks: was it Phil's fault God talked to him or was it God's?"

'Godzilla Has Left The Building - A Personal Reflection' - by Ken Hollings - in Issue 7 of 'Nude Magazine'

Issue 7 of Nude magazine, Winter 2005, contains the essay ‘Godzilla Has Left The Building – A Personal Reflection’.

To tie in the with the BFI’s release of the first ever Godzilla movie, Ken explains why the king of monsters means so much to him.

‘Godzilla has always been good to me over the years, the way only a bad dream can be.’

For more information (and to order the magazine) visit: