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 (four 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 (four years ago) link

vii encompasses uncanny valley also obv

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

jarring? jarring

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

also, bananas

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

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

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

lmao

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

I get Diane Arbus like vibes from some of them.

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

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

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

two months pass...

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

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

^is that it? that's it

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

so not gonna happen

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

omg

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

one month passes...

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

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

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

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

#nofilter

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

lol @ all the comments that just say "Russia"

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

two weeks pass...

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

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

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

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

one month passes...

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

soref, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:37 (four years ago) link

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

mark s, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:29 (four years ago) link

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:04 (four years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

idgi

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Friday, 15 December 2017 16:43 (three years ago) link

long fingers

frogbs, Friday, 15 December 2017 16:44 (three years 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 (three years ago) link

tbf they kind of really did capture her

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 6 November 2021 23:31 (three weeks ago) link

how did he manage to corporealize his soul like that

injurious emissions (cat), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 22:48 (two weeks ago) link

kermeat actually seems like a pretty happy dude, wkiw

injurious emissions (cat), Wednesday, 10 November 2021 02:01 (two weeks ago) link

ventriloquist dummies, tho. i half think they are secretly manufactured by the catholic church to keep exorcists in business.

injurious emissions (cat), Wednesday, 10 November 2021 02:05 (two weeks ago) link

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

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 14 November 2021 20:39 (one week ago) link

"xpevted"????

use only as directed

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Monday, 15 November 2021 02:29 (one week ago) link

The letters at the bottom represent the fiery flames of Hell, and all the other words are slowly falling in.

mirostones, Monday, 15 November 2021 02:41 (one week ago) link

par for the course for fantasy women in rpgs and comix

just staying (Karl Malone), Thursday, 18 November 2021 17:33 (one week ago) link

John Astin still looking good, has he been in anything lately?

nickn, Friday, 19 November 2021 01:40 (one week ago) link

great batch

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Friday, 19 November 2021 03:09 (one week ago) link

I've got some bad news to share.

https://i.imgur.com/uyhuj70.jpeg

pplains, Friday, 19 November 2021 04:23 (one week ago) link

good stuff

goole, Friday, 19 November 2021 05:25 (one week ago) link

Oh Superman ...

nickn, Friday, 19 November 2021 05:48 (one week ago) link

Do non-UK posters know about Jonathan King?

fetter, Friday, 19 November 2021 09:00 (one week ago) link

Was gonna say

This non-UK poster does not. And I have a feeling that that ignorance is gonna be cause for regret...

Lou Christie's Mosh Pit (Old Lunch), Friday, 19 November 2021 12:02 (one week ago) link

well it adds to the cursedness I guess

fetter, Friday, 19 November 2021 12:08 (one week ago) link

posting something from midori hayashi is probably cheating, here is something from midori hayashi anyway:

https://media.paperblog.fr/i/784/7845771/chimeric-creations-midori-hayashi-L-6MttAF.jpeg

cookie hat, esq. (cat), Saturday, 20 November 2021 01:40 (one week ago) link

we are so blessed to live in these times

cookie hat, esq. (cat), Saturday, 20 November 2021 04:57 (one week ago) link

years ago, our fathers had to walk uphill thru 50 miles of broken glass on the stumps of their bare gangrenous feet to see a guy peeing next to an alligator, but here we are today, praise jesus

cookie hat, esq. (cat), Saturday, 20 November 2021 05:10 (one week ago) link

old lunch, thank you for your service. some bangers in there.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Saturday, 20 November 2021 13:35 (one week ago) link

kermit definitely needed to be jokerfied

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Saturday, 20 November 2021 13:35 (one week ago) link

and if cursed was radioactive the last two would be plutonium

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Saturday, 20 November 2021 13:37 (one week ago) link

not to gatekeep my lovely thread but the painting of the queen is simply a good painting and doesn't belong at all lol

mark s, Saturday, 20 November 2021 14:18 (one week ago) link

Hope that's mud in the alligator photo.

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Saturday, 20 November 2021 18:13 (one week ago) link

that’s fantastic, map, i feel more terrible the longer i look at it, the claustrophobia and dread just keep quietly compounding on themselves

cookie hat, esq. (cat), Sunday, 21 November 2021 06:42 (six days ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/y84Fm9w.jpg

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 01:00 (four days ago) link

… why did imgur classify that as adult/erotic

cookie hat, esq. (cat), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 01:56 (four days ago) link

you know what, don’t answer that

cookie hat, esq. (cat), Tuesday, 23 November 2021 01:56 (four days ago) link

happy turkey day gobble gobble haha

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DPS_uxoX4AEsQ28?format=jpg&name=900x900

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Thursday, 25 November 2021 01:56 (two days ago) link

what, can’t a bird have a vinyl fetish without folx getting judgy?

a swift, a shrike, a kite, a (cat), Thursday, 25 November 2021 03:13 (two days ago) link

Went to the grocery store this evening, and whatta madhouse!

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/57/c4/c3/57c4c3540b47694488e7e94572992ad2.jpg

Rep. Cobra Commander (R-TX) (Old Lunch), Thursday, 25 November 2021 04:05 (two days ago) link

And Al Green cashes another royalty check.

pplains, Thursday, 25 November 2021 05:02 (two days ago) link

Thought I'd try a fun new twist on stuffing the burd this year!

https://i.pinimg.com/736x/8f/d4/56/8fd456848aca1cdf55a83c1ac60d4a9b.jpg

Rep. Cobra Commander (R-TX) (Old Lunch), Thursday, 25 November 2021 13:27 (two days ago) link

Primo Lileks content

popcornoscenti (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 25 November 2021 14:51 (two days ago) link

tho nauseating

When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Thursday, 25 November 2021 16:37 (two days ago) link

cluck cluck

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Thursday, 25 November 2021 17:43 (two days ago) link

hubba hubba

Rep. Cobra Commander (R-TX) (Old Lunch), Thursday, 25 November 2021 17:55 (two days ago) link


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