cursed images: let's get together and pin down the aesthetic!

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i: a lot of photo by flash (but not all)
ii: much reflective gleam of animalian cornea (but not all)
iii: it is often quite lynchian (but not always)
iv: it overlaps with creepypasta but is much broader (and imo more subtly imaginative)
v: double ditto "lurking clown" photos, which would obviously belong but actually don't often feature
vi: triple ditto blobismus!
vii: the shadowland liminality (liminalism?) of various psycho-affective border-territories: man-beast, "non-sentient" objects with vivid character, would you eat this, creepy visual puns via juxtaposition, sinister twee peril, suburban darkness, awareness/lack of awareness, daft rando performativity that scares the fkn bejesus out of you (cf coulrophobia and v)

this (and https://twitter.com/WorstBlobby) are the only things that comfort me any more: i am happy to accept this is a decadent pathology and an indication of despair

over to you

proposed name for the aesthetic:

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:03 (two years ago) link

oh yes, the curator ask that images be sent him/her/them/whatever, and selects from that according to i guess "cursedness" -- one stipulation is NO SHOPS

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:07 (two years ago) link

vii encompasses uncanny valley also obv

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:49 (two years ago) link

vii is key. a lot of mundane scenes made jarring by having some sort of jarring animalistic/death-drive presence. there's a lot of meat

ogmor, Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:05 (two years ago) link

jarring? jarring

ogmor, Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:05 (two years ago) link

yes i'm not sure if jarring is quite the right word, seems to suggest too abrupt a realisation, too step-change: what's unsettling is that this realisation (that you stepped across a border into a world you really don't want to be in) is simultaneously gradual AND quick, beginning slight ending up intense -- this was ordinary and funny and NOW THERE'S NO WAY BACK

(and partly it''s unsettling partly bcz "gradual AND quick" isn't a real-world category?)

there *is* a lot of meat (shd dig out adorno's stuff on animals and meat, feel it's surprisingly pertinent, esp. as you wouldn't tag TWA as a connoisseur of this kind of stuff)

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:17 (two years ago) link

also, bananas

attention vampire (MatthewK), Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:45 (two years ago) link

the mapping of the immanent liminality of the banana is an epistemic breakthrough all on its own

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 12:12 (two years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2lryuOUsAAbiEp.jpg

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:03 (two years ago) link

(not actually what i was looking for, but i can't resist the expressions)

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:04 (two years ago) link

lmao

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:08 (two years ago) link

it's a cursed image world we just etc

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CsmxaFfVIAMExAO.jpg

this is closer to what i was after: people in a CI picture where you absolutely can't tell (bcz artful? bcz we are just intruders in their realm?) if this is a performance or verité

(the kid's performing but what about the woman pushing the trolley…)

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:21 (two years ago) link

I get Diane Arbus like vibes from some of them.

MaresNest, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:05 (two years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6XUu05UoAArI1B.jpg

^ Actually dreamed this in a nightmare about four years ago

Never changed username before (cardamon), Friday, 10 March 2017 00:32 (two years ago) link

Loved the truck with the "flames" paint job, on fire.

Sanpaku, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:52 (two years ago) link

feel this is outside the standard guidelines:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C69END7WYAA07ym.jpg

mark s, Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:25 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

a crucified easter bunny made of toast, outside tooting station (stolen from @andrewbloch)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C9R4c7XXgAEmkkJ.jpg

not officially cursed: i can't decide if it fits the aesthetic (perhaps too well made)

mark s, Friday, 14 April 2017 20:21 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DDXmc0dVwAA_WDg.jpg

mark s, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:08 (two years ago) link

it plays "Let It Go" when you open the lid

more polls about food and reactionary art (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:09 (two years ago) link

Mark, you need to follow the Facebook group called Theories of the deep understanding of things.

Jack-et potato? (jed_), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:13 (two years ago) link

^is that it? that's it

Heavy Doors (jed_), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:35 (two years ago) link

so not gonna happen

mark s, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:40 (two years ago) link

omg

gin and chronic (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 6 July 2017 10:58 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGt74NfVoAADSRP.jpg

mark s, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:39 (two years ago) link

i liked this one https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGgSkxxVYAANrnj.jpg

ogmor, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:42 (two years ago) link

Imagine: you've called round on some errand and the entire family is dressed like this. No explanation offered.

http://i.imgur.com/MuRaz.jpg

It's the perfect contrast of the mundane and the inexplicable, the ordinary suburban backdrop combined with whatever the hell it is these people are doing.

Another weird detail I've just noticed is "Lisa" isn't holding a saxophone but a large pipe(?)

Pheeel, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:06 (two years ago) link

#nofilter

mark s, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:08 (two years ago) link

man every single one of those "real life Simpsons" photos/mock-ups creeps the hell out of me

frogbs, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:11 (two years ago) link

lol @ all the comments that just say "Russia"

brimstead, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 02:08 (two years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBBv2keV0AAW2vN.jpg

mark s, Friday, 1 September 2017 22:23 (two years ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DJTZ2McUEAAgnc9.jpg

mark s, Saturday, 9 September 2017 18:47 (two years ago) link

the gigeresque uh 'aperture' on the tree really adds to the effect

Wesley Shackleton explained "look at that beast." (bizarro gazzara), Saturday, 9 September 2017 19:07 (two years ago) link

feel like the twitter acct deviates from the aesthetic a lot now for just Funny Images though the ones reposted here are mostly on point

ciderpress, Saturday, 9 September 2017 19:09 (two years ago) link

one month passes...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNexeoFU8AA8R8l.jpg

soref, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:37 (one year ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNZxj0vV4AAlJHy.jpg

mark s, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:29 (one year ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DNffpu0WsAI8YCT.jpg

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:04 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...
three weeks pass...

DAIRY CULTURE HAS GONE TOO FAR pic.twitter.com/ZI60j0pWoU

— rahel aima (@cnqmdi) December 15, 2017

or click through: http://batheinmymilk.com/

mark s, Friday, 15 December 2017 15:07 (one year ago) link

I'm upset to find out at the bottom of that page that is not real ;_;

(well, the photos are real, but it's by some dude)

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 15 December 2017 15:25 (one year ago) link

idgi

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Friday, 15 December 2017 16:43 (one year ago) link

long fingers

frogbs, Friday, 15 December 2017 16:44 (one year ago) link

Only just realised the teletubbies pic is in a hospital ward, not some kid's bedroom. I guess that kind-of explains it? Maybe?

Pheeel, Friday, 15 December 2017 21:18 (one year ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/rxGEd9u.jpg

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:54 (four months ago) link

important fact-check taking place in the aesthetics of cursed images thread!

mark s, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:59 (four months ago) link

All for the greater good!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 14:12 (four months ago) link

but maybe not in her case

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 14:13 (four months ago) link

only very marginally less cursed imo

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 15:04 (four months ago) link

Click every part of the photo that is terrifying and depressing pic.twitter.com/ZslhfCSFdW

— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) May 1, 2019

Vernon Locke, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 06:33 (four months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Evidently popular in Eastern Europe:

https://i.redd.it/zymqctf2zre21.jpg

despondently sipping tomato soup (Sanpaku), Thursday, 6 June 2019 15:48 (three months ago) link

Probably 55-65% of all couch photos on the internet are cursed.

https://i.imgur.com/kRpTvDN.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/0gMXjg6.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Y0Vg6lM.png

pplains, Sunday, 16 June 2019 22:11 (three months ago) link

!!!

me and you and a resinous goo (seandalai), Sunday, 16 June 2019 23:08 (three months ago) link

so good

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 16 June 2019 23:36 (three months ago) link

holy shit

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 17 June 2019 01:21 (three months ago) link

That last one is excellent. I think I'm missing something on the first image though.

brain (krakow), Monday, 17 June 2019 17:52 (three months ago) link

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT to our 2015 #SCFestivalofLove when actor #JimBroadbent exhibited his 'People' the amazing carved figures that he creates in his shed. Did you see them? pic.twitter.com/09Wp9SlKNg

— Southbank Centre (@southbankcentre) June 20, 2019

RUSSIA’S SEXIEST POKER STAR ELECTROCUTED BY HAIRDRYER (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:40 (two months ago) link

now i will never not see them

mark s, Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:43 (two months ago) link

fun fact: he uses real human hair to make these, allegedly cut from wigs

RUSSIA’S SEXIEST POKER STAR ELECTROCUTED BY HAIRDRYER (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:46 (two months ago) link

“They are people, and people depend on love and give love and need love and maybe these people love each other.”

RUSSIA’S SEXIEST POKER STAR ELECTROCUTED BY HAIRDRYER (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:46 (two months ago) link

now i will never not see the love

mark s, Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:57 (two months ago) link

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/6b/17/5d/6b175df0b855e9decf010b15451ec174.jpg

i still have nightmares over this "childrens tv" classic.

calzino, Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:02 (two months ago) link

I am never quite sure exactly what fits this thread, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when the quarterly local mag turned up on my doormat just now.

https://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b356/olem/miaowseph_zpsftlonzko.png

anatol_merklich, Sunday, 23 June 2019 21:44 (two months ago) link

Fight candidates? Opera star on the brink? Miaowseph Stalin?

Maybe google.translate is messing with me, but I'd say that one fits here anyway.

pplains, Sunday, 23 June 2019 22:07 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

none less cursed:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_CCsMNXYAA9r3B.jpg

mark s, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:49 (two months ago) link

Well, you got the "pin down" accurately.

pplains, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:54 (two months ago) link

propain and propain accessories

coroner criticises butt (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:55 (two months ago) link

*applauds*

mark s, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:56 (two months ago) link

(lol can you tell i'm meant to be doing a QUITE IMPORTANT job application today)

mark s, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 13:57 (two months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/4quinNf.png

pplains, Sunday, 14 July 2019 03:43 (two months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_xVYAgW4AI9ecx.png

mark s, Thursday, 18 July 2019 19:45 (two months ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_7cg2QXkAE_IHg.jpg

mark s, Saturday, 20 July 2019 19:21 (one month ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/kUyqdkl.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 21 July 2019 14:41 (one month ago) link

This one's blursed.

pomenitul, Sunday, 21 July 2019 14:43 (one month ago) link

https://i.redd.it/0o5ztiyfsob31.jpg

pomenitul, Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:53 (one month ago) link

(xp) so not gonna happen

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Monday, 22 July 2019 07:04 (one month ago) link

I've been trying cartoons with #GauGAN and it's not going well. Harder to do color mapping and the lack of 3D geometry really hurts automatic segmentation. Games really are a great fit. Totoro should not be a nightmare. pic.twitter.com/hfWEoUGLN1

— Jonathan Fly 👾 (@jonathanfly) June 30, 2019

/

koogs, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:55 (one month ago) link

want that shirt

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:56 (one month ago) link

(taken from a long Twitter thread that was originally mentioned here: rolling thread of stuff worth reading on videogames )

koogs, Friday, 26 July 2019 01:16 (one month ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/NW0Z5a8.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 28 July 2019 23:48 (one month ago) link

who is that with paul whitehouse?

koogs, Monday, 29 July 2019 09:42 (one month ago) link

I thought it was Ben Miller.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 29 July 2019 14:44 (one month ago) link

v: double ditto "lurking clown" photos, which would obviously belong but actually don't often feature

mark s, Saturday, 3 August 2019 20:42 (one month ago) link

Does this one qualify?

https://i.redd.it/pjzorgay7ig31.jpg

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:33 (one month ago) link

https://i.redd.it/q2thzcfs22h31.jpg

Funky Isolations (jed_), Friday, 23 August 2019 16:59 (three weeks ago) link

open for a surprise

mark s, Friday, 23 August 2019 17:07 (three weeks ago) link

I fail to understand how a glimpse into our optimized future world might be considered 'cursed' but haters gonna hate I guess

McGrief the Crying Dog (Old Lunch), Friday, 23 August 2019 17:16 (three weeks ago) link

https://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2019/08/30/08/beargryllssting3008b.jpg

beargryllsanaphylacticshock.jpg

omar little, Friday, 30 August 2019 17:45 (two weeks ago) link

wow benedict cumberbatch looks great

lowkey goatsed on the styx (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 30 August 2019 18:45 (two weeks ago) link

Please give us a NSFW warning before posting wallogina.jpg. Please.

McGrief the Crying Dog (Old Lunch), Friday, 30 August 2019 18:47 (two weeks ago) link


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