Name dropping?

Reading through the catalogue to the British Art Show 7 (2011), I was struck by how many different books, films, plays, songs, TV shows etc are cited by the text, either as the artists’ inspiration, or just dropped in there by the authors. Here is a complete list of them. It’s a bewildering and interesting list. I might read/watch them all, so that then I will have read/watched enough.

London Fields, Martin Amis

In the days of the comet, HG Wells

An Arundel tomb, Philip Larkin

Larkin at sixty, ed. Anthony Thwaite

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

O lucky man! [film] Lindsay Anderson et al

Orthodoxy, GK Chesterton

Lanark, Alasdair Gray

Anglo-Saxon Chronicle

History of the English Kings, William of Malmesbury

Cometography, vol. 1, G Kronk

The flowers of Tarbles: or, terror in literature, Jean Paulhan

Bartleby the Scrivener, Herman Melville

Paradise lost, Milton

Star wars [film]

Incredible hulk

Monitor [TV series]

The island of Dr. Moreau, HG Wells

Island, Aldous Huxley

Writings of Kant

Korrektur, Thomas Bernhard

The unnamable, Samuel Beckett


The German ideology, Marx/Engels

David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

Time Machine, HG Wells

The Simpsons [TV series]

Guignol’s band, Louis Ferdinand Celine

Films of Russ Meyer

Films of Hollis Frampton

Composer Cornelius Cardew

Composer Xenos ‘Fray Bentos’ Jones

Unnamed art book misattributing Elizabeth Foster to Gainsborough

A life in pictures, Alasdair Gray

Rising damp [sitcom]

Krypton factor [TV show]

We are the champions [TV show]

Happy days [play] Samuel Beckett

Glass architecture, Paul Scheerbart

Poet Irina Ratushinskaya

Writings of Wittgenstein

Films of Tarkovsky

‘Autobiography’ of Jack Sheppard, possibly ghost written by Daniel Defoe

Writings of Bertold Brecht

Bonnie and Clyde [film]

Boyz n the hood [film]

Lemon [film], Hollis Frampton

Life of Gargantua and Pantagruel, François Rabbelais

Monty Python’s Flying Circus [TV show]

Salò[film], Pier Paolo Pasolini

La Jetée [film], Chris Marker

Krapp’s last tape [play], Samuel Beckett

Teorema [film], Pier Paolo Pasolini

Let’s go dancing [song], Sparque, remixed by Larry Levan and François K

DJ Francis Grasso

Musician Arthur Russell

Cycles [film], Guy Sherwin

Memory bucket [film], Jeremy Deller

Films of Dziga Vertov

Films of Chris Marker

Films of Black Audio Film Collective

Films of Haroun Farocki

The Alien [unrealised film], Satyajit Ray

Bouvard and Pecuchet, Gustav Faubert

The nose, Nikolai Gogol

200 motels [film], Frank Zappa

Locus solus, Raymond Roussel

Motorman, David Ohle

Eastenders [TV show]

Marat/Sade [play], Peter Weiss

Armchair theatre [TV show]

Play for today [TV show]

Music of The Cure, Desmond Dekker, A-ha and Joy Division

Films of John Carpenter

Description of a whirlpool by Edgar Allen Poe

The third generation [film], Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Music of Morrissey

Poetry of Philip Larkin

Writing of Alan Bennett


International Herald Tribune

John Cage

Thought of John Ruskin

Thought of Jacques Rancière

Sea Oak, George Saunders

René Descartes

La vida es sueño [play], Pedro Calderón de la Barca

The analytical language of John Wilkins, Jorge Luis Borges

Days [poem], Philip Larkin


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