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 (five 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 (five years ago) link

vii encompasses uncanny valley also obv

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

jarring? jarring

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

also, bananas

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

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

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

lmao

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

I get Diane Arbus like vibes from some of them.

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

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

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

two months pass...

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

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

^is that it? that's it

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

so not gonna happen

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

omg

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

one month passes...

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

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

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

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

#nofilter

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

lol @ all the comments that just say "Russia"

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

two weeks pass...

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

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

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

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

one month passes...

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

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

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

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

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

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

idgi

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

long fingers

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

omg

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 16 July 2022 17:30 (four months ago) link

Furby Jet Ski is my next band name, thx

Nutellanor Roosevelt (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 16 July 2022 18:28 (four months ago) link

Senator Mitt Romney with a life sized cardboard cut-out of his wife that his staff got for him because he missed her. (2022) pic.twitter.com/fA45dbEtsu

— crazy ass moments in american politics (@ampol_moment) July 17, 2022

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Sunday, 17 July 2022 01:22 (four months ago) link

really liking (or should i say LICKING)(no, i shouldn’t say that) this new season of itysl 👅

CYANIDE MUKBANG (cat), Sunday, 31 July 2022 03:12 (three months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/NnJI7mc.jpg

papal hotwife (milo z), Saturday, 6 August 2022 19:13 (three months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/a8EO2wu.jpg

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Monday, 15 August 2022 08:22 (three months ago) link

i don’t see the problem here

Tracer Hand, Monday, 15 August 2022 09:18 (three months ago) link

At this point, I'm happy to see something like that and not see it actually turning out to be cake.

pplains, Monday, 15 August 2022 13:29 (three months ago) link

Horseradish frosting?

nickn, Monday, 15 August 2022 16:13 (three months ago) link

Mashed potato apparently

"Spaghetti" Thompson (Pheeel), Monday, 15 August 2022 17:31 (three months ago) link

it is really hard to tell what it real and what isn't real there <3

Karl Malone, Sunday, 21 August 2022 01:28 (three months ago) link

What's wrong with this and why does it make me so uncomfortable

https://www.hamiltonbook.com/media/image_full/7685904A.JPG

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 24 August 2022 03:27 (three months ago) link

-Darker lines outlining the inner eyes make him seem angry
-Extra skin fold above his right eye
-Look at the small amount of his body you can see and try to extrapolate - he's all hunched up. How is he posed and what is he... doing?
-It must be said that the mouth is huge and not necessarily smiling
-Tight cropping makes it seem like Bugs is right up in your face, possibly yelling at you or contacting your body inappropriately

Hans Holbein (Chinchilla Volapük), Wednesday, 24 August 2022 05:53 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

no

politics is about vibes and the vibes are off (stevie), Thursday, 8 September 2022 08:18 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://i.imgur.com/Td3dsKE.jpg

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 25 September 2022 21:42 (two months ago) link

please piss in my nose

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Monday, 3 October 2022 15:50 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

badly need some cursed over the next two weeks

ꙮ (map), Thursday, 27 October 2022 01:40 (four weeks ago) link

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FgQ-p1lWYAQtIBl?format=jpg&name=medium

ꙮ (map), Saturday, 29 October 2022 21:02 (four weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/Zt6Ks0S.jpg

pplains, Saturday, 29 October 2022 21:45 (four weeks ago) link

*shudders*

ꙮ (map), Saturday, 29 October 2022 21:47 (four weeks ago) link

What a Ghastly Graham Ingels lookin’ mother-fucker.

Cow_Art, Sunday, 30 October 2022 02:21 (three weeks ago) link

Incredible work OL, just incredible.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 3 November 2022 13:54 (three weeks ago) link

worthy of a medal

this thread is just tops

corrs unplugged, Sunday, 6 November 2022 12:17 (two weeks ago) link

I am starting to suspect Old Lunch of having an elaborate studio and a team of prop crews and extras to create those. Meantime the rest of us are like

https://i.imgur.com/w2HTCmX.jpeg

blissfully unawarewolf (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 8 November 2022 19:23 (two weeks ago) link

thanks old lunch for pulling us through these trying times

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 8 November 2022 19:30 (two weeks ago) link

some absolutely breathtaking high points of cursed therein.

hard to choose favorites when the consistency is so high.

do i favor the bone-deep cringe that rusted bathtub shots always elicit in me, or the powerful and intriguing aftertaste of the cucumbers in the movie theater

and what of the mannequins in the meat fridge next to the child holding flowers, a super group of cursed elements together that must have been staged in some way and yet is no less powerful because of it?

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 8 November 2022 19:38 (two weeks ago) link

re "staged"

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 (five years ago) bookmarkflaglink

naturally the picture attached to this observation has since vanished: it was of a woman pushing an ordinary shopping trolley with a child lying on its bottom shelf (if that's what you call it), his head and legs sticking out deliberately stiffly

mark s, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 20:02 (two weeks ago) link

the one with the sofa in the bathroom and the flowers in the urinal has stuck with me

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 8 November 2022 20:03 (two weeks ago) link

amazing thread here, worth a few embeds

trained my tiktok algorithm to show videos that are so surreal you feel like you’re dreaming. here’s a thread of my favorites pic.twitter.com/rL1dneP8Rb

— drew coffman 𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 🟢 (@drewcoffman) November 10, 2022

eggs? pic.twitter.com/HuznJASytt

— drew coffman 𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 🟢 (@drewcoffman) November 10, 2022

“my house 😞” pic.twitter.com/wEMr8B9GuR

— drew coffman 𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 🟢 (@drewcoffman) November 10, 2022

hospital room’s assets are still loading in pic.twitter.com/I7U6AU1hgx

— drew coffman 𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 🟢 (@drewcoffman) November 10, 2022

extremely normal restaurant experience pic.twitter.com/KoSy6fSN5F

— drew coffman 𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 🟢 (@drewcoffman) November 10, 2022

just getting something from the garage pic.twitter.com/avh0XKMBYD

— drew coffman 𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 🟢 (@drewcoffman) November 10, 2022

when the plug pull up ‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/f1FRtdOJmN

— drew coffman 𝕚𝕤 𝕠𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕟𝕖 🟢 (@drewcoffman) November 10, 2022

I mean pic.twitter.com/U38xUkWOib

— Smithe (@smitheone) November 10, 2022

I just learned about that guy somewhere. He's in Red Hook and going viral.

dan selzer, Thursday, 10 November 2022 20:52 (two weeks ago) link

Hmmm. Is it cheating to use an algorithm? Do we need to ask Old Lunch to pee in a cup to ensure he's not using suspect methods to gather the horrors above?

blissfully unawarewolf (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 10 November 2022 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

what if old lunch is "creating the news" by making these cursed things happen

like "get in there and toss some lettuce over the glass panel to the worker"

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 November 2022 20:58 (two weeks ago) link

"go fill your garage with bubbles and then search through it with a tiki torch"

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 November 2022 20:58 (two weeks ago) link

I don't care if OL staging these or not, you try dragging a couch and flowers into a public urinal.

The Bankruptcy of the Planet of the Apes (PBKR), Thursday, 10 November 2022 21:16 (two weeks ago) link

lord knows i've tried, the government red tape preventing a normal good time from happening is just unbelievable

Karl Malone, Thursday, 10 November 2022 21:18 (two weeks ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/Paq0I6T.jpg

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 24 November 2022 14:54 (two days ago) link

ouch

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 24 November 2022 15:23 (two days ago) link


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