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 (three 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 (three years ago) link

vii encompasses uncanny valley also obv

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

jarring? jarring

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

also, bananas

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

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

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

lmao

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

I get Diane Arbus like vibes from some of them.

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

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

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

two months pass...

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

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

^is that it? that's it

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

so not gonna happen

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

omg

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

one month passes...

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

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

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

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

#nofilter

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

lol @ all the comments that just say "Russia"

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

two weeks pass...

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

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

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

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

one month passes...

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

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

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

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

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:04 (three 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

i love how your only hope to survive a fire trapped at the end of a comically long and narrow hall is oxygen deprivation, but that little window solves that problem for you

rip van wanko, Monday, 26 October 2020 04:20 (one month ago) link

Designed by Mark Z Danielewski.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 10:52 (four weeks ago) link

i feel like my dorito-licking experience is the anti-matter of that cheesepuff and the powder protectors.

once every four or five years i repeat this gross story, but i used to lick off all the cheese on doritos, on both sides, and then stack up the dried carcasses of doritos in a plate. i'd stack them up dozens high, or however many doritos come in a small bag. this is all in a cafeteria in high school, btw. anyways, i'd stack up the dried out, cheeseless, doritos, then at the end of lunch, i'd crunch down on the entire gross dorito tower at the same time. they were so hollowed out that it would all squish down to one really gross, mouth-sized thing.

anyway, my cheeseless, soul-less doritos were the antimatter of that fresh cheesepuff above. and the way i treated those doritos - seeking only to extract the precious cheese powders, before obliterating the remains as a matter of showbiz - is the antimatter of using plastic to keep the cheesepowder away from the body

just another 3-pinnochio post by (Karl Malone), Friday, 30 October 2020 23:58 (three weeks ago) link

if stephen king ever runs out of ideas, you've got a doozy to pitch him

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 31 October 2020 00:43 (three weeks ago) link

The Withdrawing of the Cheese

OrificeMax (Old Lunch), Saturday, 31 October 2020 01:38 (three weeks ago) link

km that is horrifying

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 31 October 2020 02:27 (three weeks ago) link

also I briefly misread that this is something you do every 4 or 5 years

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 31 October 2020 02:28 (three weeks ago) link

at the stroke of midnight

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 31 October 2020 02:45 (three weeks ago) link

what's amazing is at the time, i was also really struggling in the whole "relationship scene" and was always wondering why because i was a Nice Guy

just another 3-pinnochio post by (Karl Malone), Saturday, 31 October 2020 03:09 (three weeks ago) link

If only you could go back warn your younger self that it’s only the disgusting soggy dorito sandwiches preventing him from getting any

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 31 October 2020 03:13 (three weeks ago) link

if i appeared to myself, then, i have no doubt that i would not believe myself

just another 3-pinnochio post by (Karl Malone), Saturday, 31 October 2020 03:41 (three weeks ago) link

How could the random, middle-aged man who just walked in off the street, marched up to his cafeteria table and pulled the gluey Dorito bolus from inside his mouth be anyone but Future Self?

error prone wolf syndicate (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 31 October 2020 03:54 (three weeks ago) link

what did you do with the resultant paste?

assert (MatthewK), Saturday, 31 October 2020 04:23 (three weeks ago) link

is this cursed?

Wtf is going on here? pic.twitter.com/bHi5NRppcy

— Tim Hendricks (@Saltwatertattoo) November 5, 2020

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:31 (two weeks ago) link

most certainly

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

every bit as upsetting

jesus christ, this is from the same people that made this pic.twitter.com/mCXnLTPBdv

— smiledoger (@smiledoger) November 5, 2020

I've watched these on repeat and still cannot truly answer wtf is going on

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:05 (two weeks ago) link

wtf

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:06 (two weeks ago) link

Based on the rapid decay of the simulation of late, I assume that these are just mundane dispatches from our near future.

Some dads are not YOUR dad (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

every bit as upsetting

🐦[jesus christ, this is from the same people that made this pic.twitter.com/mCXnLTPBdv🕸
— smiledoger (@smiledoger) November 5, 2020🕸]🐦

I've watched these on repeat and still cannot truly answer wtf is going on


A very specific request from a foot fetishist?

Ape Hole Road (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:10 (two weeks ago) link

the commonalities (crustaceans, knock-off nikes, sock stands, white colloids) are just vexing

Four Seasons Total Manscaping (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:17 (two weeks ago) link

lol OL

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 19:36 (two weeks ago) link

Pretty sure the same person made both videos, but still...

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 20:35 (two weeks ago) link

sock stands,

if those are a real thing then I may be confusedisturbed in a different way than previous

@oneposter (⛰️) (sic), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 20:56 (two weeks ago) link

yeah this is unpackably disturbing in a way that requires me not thinking abt it because headache

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 11 November 2020 21:04 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHiJ_dNn2u1/

timber euros (seandalai), Saturday, 14 November 2020 00:49 (one week ago) link

https://scontent-ams4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p526x296/125925882_190035526042348_7403252522231407771_n.jpg

(credit where credit is due, via esteemed ilxor Stevie Nixed on fb)

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:50 (one week ago) link

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

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 10:51 (one week ago) link

Let no condiment be un-beered!

https://www.oskarblues.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Mustard-Beer-Can-Render-1.png

nickn, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 17:28 (one week ago) link

Beer in the new error

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 17 November 2020 17:29 (one week ago) link

And it's a real thing (or a very well constructed joke).

https://www.oskarblues.com/beer/frenchs-mustard-beer/

nickn, Tuesday, 17 November 2020 17:30 (one week ago) link

this mural inside an LA boutique is the most cursed thing ever made pic.twitter.com/mxx3XQOR6Q

— #1 Rachel (@rachel) November 21, 2020

mookieproof, Saturday, 21 November 2020 20:01 (five days ago) link

this but with giuliani shoes

mark s, Saturday, 21 November 2020 21:48 (five days ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/ug0Pi1z.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/bn5xFcQ.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 22 November 2020 01:19 (four days ago) link

wow yeah that's a heavy hitter

fleet doxes (map), Sunday, 22 November 2020 01:31 (four days ago) link

Is that cover art for the new Justice album?

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Sunday, 22 November 2020 02:52 (four days ago) link

lol

pomenitul, Sunday, 22 November 2020 02:53 (four days ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/NSwcv21.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 22 November 2020 03:54 (four days ago) link

Oof

You will notice a small sink where your sofa once was. (Old Lunch), Sunday, 22 November 2020 04:00 (four days ago) link

how the fuck is this real pic.twitter.com/6hVuJAjcoW

— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) November 4, 2020

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Monday, 23 November 2020 16:59 (three days ago) link

🐦[how the fuck is this real pic.twitter.com/6hVuJAjcoW🕸
— Andrea Russett (@AndreaRussett) November 4, 2020🕸]🐦


These people really want to be martyred don’t they.

Ape Hole Road (Boring, Maryland), Monday, 23 November 2020 21:59 (three days ago) link

Article on the LA boutique mural posted Saturday.

https://laist.com/2020/11/22/internet_twitter_mural_venice_democrats_women_obama_harris_ginsburg_warren_aoc_pelosi.php

nickn, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 06:52 (two days ago) link


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