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 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 (six 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 (six years ago) link

vii encompasses uncanny valley also obv

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

jarring? jarring

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

also, bananas

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

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


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

it's a cursed image world we just etc

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 (six years ago) link

I get Diane Arbus like vibes from some of them.

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

^ Actually dreamed this in a nightmare about four years ago

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

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

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

feel this is outside the standard guidelines:

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

four weeks pass...

a crucified easter bunny made of toast, outside tooting station (stolen from @andrewbloch)

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

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

two months pass...

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

^is that it? that's it

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

so not gonna happen

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


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

one month passes...

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

i liked this one

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

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

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 (six years ago) link


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

lol @ all the comments that just say "Russia"

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

two weeks pass...

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

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

one month passes...

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

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

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

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


— rahel aima (@cnqmdi) December 15, 2017

or click through:

mark s, Friday, 15 December 2017 15:07 (five 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 (five years ago) link


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

long fingers

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

imagine the smell

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 13 July 2023 06:32 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

This guy has a whole series of extremely cursed video collages

— Frank Manzano (@loved_orleer) August 3, 2023

Muad'Doob (Moodles), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 06:51 (three months ago) link

Bad Moodles!

Every generation needs it's own Land of Confusion, I guess.

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 12:40 (three months ago) link

Is that the kind of video where I’m going to die after having watched it?

Chevy Chase drumming mystery (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 14:01 (three months ago) link

During it.

Continuous Two-Tone Warble (Tom D.), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 14:06 (three months ago) link

It's AI but then AI videos are really getting very good at seizing upon that lovely feeling of 'where nightmares go to die' that we itt so adore (maybe we need a thread for that?). I highly recommend the videos of my new favorite children's entertainers, the Poppy Place Players:

Prop Dramedy (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 14:36 (three months ago) link

Oh my god

Chevy Chase drumming mystery (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 15:06 (three months ago) link

I didn't think googly eyes could get any freakier, but I was wrong.

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Tuesday, 8 August 2023 16:41 (three months ago) link

one month passes...

calstars, Thursday, 5 October 2023 01:20 (one month ago) link


Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 6 October 2023 08:47 (one month ago) link

"Concealed carry"

nickn, Friday, 6 October 2023 18:21 (one month ago) link

is that what I think it is?

calstars, Friday, 6 October 2023 18:21 (one month ago) link

yeah that’s a cb radio handset

come on barbo let’s go parpo (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 6 October 2023 18:24 (one month ago) link


ꙮ (map), Friday, 6 October 2023 21:13 (one month ago) link

big fan of the mr. bunny head image over here

ꙮ (map), Friday, 6 October 2023 21:14 (one month ago) link

Bunnydict Cumberbatch

Bruce Hornsby–Big Stick 3:15 (Eliza D.), Friday, 6 October 2023 22:19 (one month ago) link

oh geez

ꙮ (map), Friday, 6 October 2023 22:25 (one month ago) link

my pinterest feed is 75% these things now

i have never been more blessed

baths in the belfry (cat), Saturday, 7 October 2023 06:47 (one month ago) link

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 7 October 2023 08:23 (one month ago) link

I find that cute, not cursed. Don’t shame me.

il lavoro mi rovina la giornata (PBKR), Saturday, 7 October 2023 19:23 (one month ago) link

that one makes me feel funny

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 7 October 2023 20:17 (one month ago) link

her body does look transformed tbf

ꙮ (map), Monday, 9 October 2023 18:52 (one month ago) link

okay yeah that might actually be the most cursed image yet, haunting

i know my brain was able to parse out what was happening there, but good lord that first glimpse was unsettling

Maxmillion D. Boosted (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 10 October 2023 18:05 (one month ago) link

ooky spooky

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 10 October 2023 18:06 (one month ago) link

okay yes cursed1000, extremely terrible work and i can feel the evil leaching into my soul 👍

baths in the belfry (cat), Wednesday, 11 October 2023 14:15 (one month ago) link

That image is a thing of dark beauty.

beard papa, Friday, 13 October 2023 00:19 (one month ago) link

I can't work it out you get the gist of it (dog latin), Friday, 13 October 2023 00:41 (one month ago) link

it's the left back side of someone's head, we see part of their ear. They're listening to music with black in-ear headphones and they've turned their zip up hoodie around to be in the dark.

StanM, Friday, 13 October 2023 01:04 (one month ago) link


budo jeru, Friday, 13 October 2023 02:42 (one month ago) link

ikr <3

baths in the belfry (cat), Friday, 13 October 2023 05:09 (one month ago) link

I showed it to my wife and she said "what?" and I said "what is it?" and she said "it's someone sleeping with their hoodie back to front ".

behold the thump (ledge), Friday, 13 October 2023 06:00 (one month ago) link

The house of a thousand teddies.

— The Museum of Curiosities (@CuriosMuseum) October 17, 2023

koogs, Tuesday, 17 October 2023 17:40 (one month ago) link

And each of those teddies likely houses at least a thousand tiny lifeforms!

This is kind of like posting a giant sign in your front yard that says 'NO, I DON'T HAVE MULTIPLE FREEZER CHESTS FULL OF HUMAN BODY PARTS IN MY BASEMENT, WHY DO YOU ASK?'

Prop Dramedy (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 17 October 2023 18:00 (one month ago) link

oh no

Tracer Hand, Monday, 30 October 2023 18:21 (four weeks ago) link

i can almost taste it

baths in the belfry (cat), Monday, 30 October 2023 19:38 (four weeks ago) link

Mmmmm, bathtub chicken! I'll bring the Pinot Grigio.

nickn, Monday, 30 October 2023 20:05 (four weeks ago) link

the lightning mcqueen crocs really take this one from grotesque firmly into cursed

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:04 (four weeks ago) link

lightning seems a little bummed, i would be too buddy

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 31 October 2023 01:21 (four weeks ago) link

^ lol

brimstead, Tuesday, 31 October 2023 01:25 (four weeks ago) link

Cursed--or just shabby?

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 31 October 2023 01:26 (four weeks ago) link

three weeks pass...

brain (krakow), Sunday, 26 November 2023 23:14 (two days ago) link

i missed bizarro's post upthread, that's an excellent one

i really like that!! (z_tbd), Monday, 27 November 2023 00:04 (yesterday) link

also what's up bizarro! feels like it's been a while

i really like that!! (z_tbd), Monday, 27 November 2023 00:04 (yesterday) link

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