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 (two years ago) link

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

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

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

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

idgi

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

long fingers

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

why is Rhys Ifans taking a photo of him?

The Masked Zinger (Noodle Vague), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:22 (two weeks ago) link

Ah yes. Among the genre’s crown jewels, without a doubt.

pomenitul, Friday, 10 January 2020 13:25 (two weeks ago) link

nickb has made my weekend

'Sly Cooper' Movie Breaking Into Theaters In 2016 (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:26 (two weeks ago) link

couldn't find any which way to the can

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:38 (two weeks ago) link

The list of criteria in the first mark s post should most definitely include 'simultaneously and/or alternately makes and ruins one's weekend'

Drive Like a Demon From Steakhouse to Steakhouse (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:39 (two weeks ago) link

sympathising guy's butt crack is the icing on the ape puking cake

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:47 (two weeks ago) link

It's a masterclass in levels. So many of them.

Drive Like a Demon From Steakhouse to Steakhouse (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 January 2020 13:48 (two weeks ago) link

:0

mark s, Friday, 10 January 2020 13:51 (two weeks ago) link

- animal exploitation
- callous human voyeurism
- genuine concern for another living creature
- a primate in distress
- vomit
- buttcrack

it's got it all, and i don't like any of it

'Sly Cooper' Movie Breaking Into Theaters In 2016 (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 10 January 2020 14:01 (two weeks ago) link

can only deplore the erasure from this list of:
- any which way ifans

mark s, Friday, 10 January 2020 14:52 (two weeks ago) link

couldn't find any which way to the can

this needs more love.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 10 January 2020 15:14 (two weeks ago) link

Gagging Ape!

Drive Like a Demon From Steakhouse to Steakhouse (Old Lunch), Friday, 10 January 2020 15:19 (two weeks ago) link

Gross but weirdly sweet

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 11 January 2020 22:36 (two weeks ago) link

If I'd known she was gonna share it with the entire internet I never would have let her do it.

Pizza is Really Yummy for Me (Old Lunch), Saturday, 11 January 2020 22:54 (two weeks ago) link

Monkey is a sculpture called ''Ancient Echo'' by Tony Matelli.

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

I thought that was a piece of art, but the one I was actually trying to remember is one I Can't Find On The Internet.

It was this bug-eyed chimp/Sasquatch creature, who looked very much like half a human, getting bullied by frat boys. Thinking it may have almost been pornographic. Saw it years and years ago, maybe on something like Fark.com or even the Noize Board. But it also may have been a cursed dream.

pplains, Sunday, 12 January 2020 00:41 (two weeks ago) link

big ron mueck energy:

https://p7.storage.canalblog.com/77/29/192635/22065464.jpg

mark s, Sunday, 12 January 2020 12:58 (two weeks ago) link

damnit pp

i wanted to believe

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:11 (two weeks ago) link

believe in the buttcrack

mark s, Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:18 (two weeks ago) link

Underrated R Kelly single

Yeets don't fail me now (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

Never forget: https://kotaku.com/magic-the-gathering-of-buttcracks-1541155916

pomenitul, Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

Fairly sure these are blursed though.

pomenitul, Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:28 (two weeks ago) link

I had a vague narrative that buttcrack/keeper was arriving for a preliminary hearing after much publicized destructive incident involving chimp, hence t-shirt w/ messgage on front meant to humanize chimp/flatter judge, all v disruptive to chimp's normal routine, meal schedule etc

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 12 January 2020 15:59 (two weeks ago) link

It was this bug-eyed chimp/Sasquatch creature, who looked very much like half a human, getting bullied by frat boys. Thinking it may have almost been pornographic.

pretty sure i know exactly what you mean. it was like an exaggerated reification of the artist's inner introvert/loser, there was a series of images with the character.

Paperbag raita (ledge), Sunday, 12 January 2020 16:29 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah. Wanna say there was a locker room one. Bad stuff, like where he was being pushed toward a girl who clearly did not want his attention.

Thought there was a vomit one too.

pplains, Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:39 (two weeks ago) link

i vaguely remember this as well.

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Sunday, 12 January 2020 21:43 (two weeks ago) link

Charlie White's Understanding Joshua series. My soul heaves a queasy little gag every time I'm reminded of it, cheers!

cat, Monday, 13 January 2020 03:04 (two weeks ago) link

That's it. Thanks (I guess?)

Here's a rare one in which no one appears to be getting assaulted.

https://i.imgur.com/reeCXC9.jpg

pplains, Monday, 13 January 2020 03:09 (two weeks ago) link

hoo boy, forgot about this one.

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

pplains, Monday, 13 January 2020 03:14 (two weeks ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EORVBF9WsAEyQGp?format=jpg

mark s, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 13:25 (one week ago) link

goddamn it

que pasa picasso (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 13:51 (one week ago) link

sweet

Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 14:06 (one week ago) link

Their ability to taste sweetness helps offset their natural saltiness.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:02 (one week ago) link

Love those Joshua pictures

Never changed username before (cardamon), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:12 (one week ago) link

quora informs me that testicles-have-tastebuds science is a MICE ONLY fact but an advanced twittersearch of @justsaysinmice throws up nothing so i declare it a solid truth for all lifeforms

mark s, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:19 (one week ago) link

Thank u for that, mark s. See, bosses at the last four jobs I was fired from? I told you it was completely normal. I told you.

Dr. Teeth and the Women (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 15:20 (one week ago) link

lol those dummies told me these things were warts

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 16:16 (one week ago) link

Don't know if this counts as trve cvrsed but

https://i.redd.it/wzmy52xj5vb41.jpg

pomenitul, Monday, 20 January 2020 10:27 (one week ago) link

That counts in my book. Are the capital letters where blood was found, in an ascending order of what was detected first?

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 20 January 2020 10:37 (one week ago) link

we need to see (F) the carpeting *inside* the bowl imo

mark s, Monday, 20 January 2020 10:38 (one week ago) link

lagging the cistern like that is probably a good idea - it's very easy to get condensation on the outside that'll drip down.

koogs, Monday, 20 January 2020 10:55 (one week ago) link

shell casings imo

poor smurf

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 20 January 2020 12:54 (one week ago) link

i'm like whatever, you do you, except for that fucking towel IN THE TUB that is perverse

I have not yet begun to fart (rip van wanko), Monday, 20 January 2020 23:35 (one week ago) link

does stuff that's obviously photoshopped count?

https://external-preview.redd.it/Er5ltfU8dE_pNVnzkkKppgMOUhSzSWjGFXogNiyUQNY.jpg?auto=webp&s=5144d00a6436c9488cfd66e3239d85dedc97cb18

soref, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 13:24 (one week 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) bookmarkflaglink

mark s, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 13:29 (one week ago) link

Harsh but fair.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 13:32 (one week ago) link

^^^this is a good account

mark s, Sunday, 26 January 2020 18:12 (two days ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DXe2R5NXcAEB9sg?format=jpg

mark s, Sunday, 26 January 2020 18:12 (two days ago) link


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