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 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

idgi

Susan Stranglehands (jed_), Friday, 15 December 2017 16:43 (one year ago) link

long fingers

frogbs, Friday, 15 December 2017 16:44 (one year 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 (one year ago) link

This one's blursed.

pomenitul, Sunday, 21 July 2019 14:43 (three months ago) link

https://i.redd.it/0o5ztiyfsob31.jpg

pomenitul, Sunday, 21 July 2019 20:53 (three months ago) link

(xp) so not gonna happen

Arthur Lowe & Love (Tom D.), Monday, 22 July 2019 07:04 (three months ago) link

I've been trying cartoons with #GauGAN and it's not going well. Harder to do color mapping and the lack of 3D geometry really hurts automatic segmentation. Games really are a great fit. Totoro should not be a nightmare. pic.twitter.com/hfWEoUGLN1

— Jonathan Fly 👾 (@jonathanfly) June 30, 2019

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koogs, Thursday, 25 July 2019 20:55 (three months ago) link

want that shirt

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 25 July 2019 23:56 (three months ago) link

(taken from a long Twitter thread that was originally mentioned here: rolling thread of stuff worth reading on videogames )

koogs, Friday, 26 July 2019 01:16 (three months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/NW0Z5a8.jpg

pplains, Sunday, 28 July 2019 23:48 (three months ago) link

who is that with paul whitehouse?

koogs, Monday, 29 July 2019 09:42 (three months ago) link

I thought it was Ben Miller.

Elitist cheese photos (aldo), Monday, 29 July 2019 14:44 (three months ago) link

v: double ditto "lurking clown" photos, which would obviously belong but actually don't often feature

mark s, Saturday, 3 August 2019 20:42 (three months ago) link

Does this one qualify?

https://i.redd.it/pjzorgay7ig31.jpg

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 August 2019 10:33 (two months ago) link

https://i.redd.it/q2thzcfs22h31.jpg

Funky Isolations (jed_), Friday, 23 August 2019 16:59 (two months ago) link

open for a surprise

mark s, Friday, 23 August 2019 17:07 (two months ago) link

I fail to understand how a glimpse into our optimized future world might be considered 'cursed' but haters gonna hate I guess

McGrief the Crying Dog (Old Lunch), Friday, 23 August 2019 17:16 (two months ago) link

https://static.standard.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2019/08/30/08/beargryllssting3008b.jpg

beargryllsanaphylacticshock.jpg

omar little, Friday, 30 August 2019 17:45 (two months ago) link

wow benedict cumberbatch looks great

lowkey goatsed on the styx (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 30 August 2019 18:45 (two months ago) link

Please give us a NSFW warning before posting wallogina.jpg. Please.

McGrief the Crying Dog (Old Lunch), Friday, 30 August 2019 18:47 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Getting a strong Residents vibe from Possibly In Michigan. Cool that Tik Tok teens are rediscovering it.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 15:19 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

I really need to just hunker down someday and upload the dozens of offerings that I've deprived this thread of for so long. I have some good ones, y'all. Some good + unnerving ones.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 01:14 (one month ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/hYiZ6BK.jpg

pplains, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 02:20 (one month ago) link

oof

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 02:34 (one month ago) link

been there

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 03:27 (one month ago) link

Okay y'all, I personally snapped a couple contenders yesterday and one in particular which I feel is destined for the canon, do u agree y/n

https://imgur.com/6yZo7Ge

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Thursday, 10 October 2019 17:08 (one month ago) link

Ah, crumbs, I didn't realize I'd failed to post a proper image. Just follow the link: https://m.imgur.com/6yZo7Ge

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Thursday, 10 October 2019 21:35 (one month ago) link

So I'd describe the feeling of capturing a cursed image is equal parts 'this is amazing' and 'this might be the last thing I ever see'.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Thursday, 10 October 2019 21:37 (one month ago) link

Thankee kindly.

Furter-Bursting Tater Squirter (Old Lunch), Thursday, 10 October 2019 21:46 (one month ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/d8lzsEm.gif

mark s, Thursday, 10 October 2019 21:47 (one month ago) link

lolol!

What a ridiculous clusterfuck of totally uncool jokers (jed_), Thursday, 10 October 2019 21:55 (one month ago) link

cmd-w

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 12 October 2019 20:06 (one month ago) link

https://i.redd.it/ryuk6xn8eat31.jpg

pomenitul, Friday, 18 October 2019 18:34 (three weeks ago) link

removes bookmark

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 18 October 2019 21:11 (three weeks ago) link

that's not cured that's just gross

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 18 October 2019 21:12 (three weeks ago) link

more like upchuck taylors

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 18 October 2019 21:14 (three weeks ago) link

Finally something that'll compete against Air Jesuses.

pplains, Friday, 18 October 2019 21:32 (three weeks ago) link

That image wins in terms of accursedness if only because we all lose in terms of looking at it.

Go-Gurt Ops (Old Lunch), Friday, 18 October 2019 22:09 (three weeks ago) link

Forgive me.

pomenitul, Friday, 18 October 2019 22:10 (three weeks ago) link

No

solos that go widdly widdly widdly (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 18 October 2019 22:44 (three weeks ago) link

the lighting is wrong

mark s, Friday, 18 October 2019 22:44 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah THAT'S the problem

solos that go widdly widdly widdly (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 18 October 2019 22:47 (three weeks ago) link

yes

mark s, Friday, 18 October 2019 22:47 (three weeks ago) link

it's makeup. from https://www.instagram.com/raniratt/

wasdnuos (abanana), Friday, 18 October 2019 23:08 (three weeks ago) link

brb gotta barf

billstevejim, Saturday, 19 October 2019 04:02 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

pic.twitter.com/w1TNgbJnnf

— connor clown emoji (@CNNRGLDN) November 5, 2019

cheese canopy (map), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 00:34 (six days ago) link


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