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 (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

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


Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:08 (three 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 (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

^ 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:

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)

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...

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


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

one month passes...

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

i liked this one

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.

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


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...

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

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...

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

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

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


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


pomenitul, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 22:09 (one month ago) link

Is there a possible scenario wherein someone owns this thing and has killed (and at least partially devoured) fewer than say six people, is what I'm wondering

Unparalleled Elegance (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 29 April 2020 00:32 (one month ago) link

The answer is in the question.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 00:37 (one month ago) link

tom hanks defeating coronavirus

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 09:30 (one month ago) link


mark s, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 09:36 (one month ago) link

i mean i can gaze at and consider the implications of the fle$hlight with amused detachment but

mark s, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 09:37 (one month ago) link


Angry Question Time Man's Flute Club Band (Tom D.), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 09:48 (one month ago) link

someone spent their time, thought and energy to make that image. let's not encourage them any further.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 18:42 (one month ago) link

mark s, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 22:10 (one month ago) link

the muppets are 65 yrs old today:

mark s, Saturday, 9 May 2020 14:14 (four weeks ago) link

<prepares lawsuit for damages against OL>

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 9 May 2020 15:18 (four weeks ago) link

How did OL just curse the cursed images thread.

pplains, Saturday, 9 May 2020 15:42 (four weeks ago) link

I think about this forks post probably once a month or so.


pplains, Saturday, 9 May 2020 15:44 (four weeks ago) link

nice collection!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 9 May 2020 18:56 (four weeks ago) link

pomenitul, Monday, 11 May 2020 15:49 (three weeks ago) link

pplains, Sunday, 17 May 2020 03:43 (two weeks ago) link

Getting strong Max Rebo vibes from that nun

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Monday, 18 May 2020 21:37 (two weeks ago) link

Strong orca energy

tsrobodo, Monday, 18 May 2020 22:01 (two weeks ago) link

holy shit that nun is the most terrifying thing i've seen in months

i am a horse girl (map), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 03:17 (two weeks ago) link

I saw that photo on titter described as "most symmetrical nun"

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 19 May 2020 03:32 (two weeks ago) link

mark s, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:58 (two weeks ago) link

Trying to figure out what state (if American) that toilet bee sign is from.

Too blue of a state would have locked the door up, put a sign on the door that said CLOSED.

Too red of a state wouldn't have had a unisex toilet in the first place.

I'm going to guess somewhere like Oregon.

pplains, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 12:41 (two weeks ago) link

looks pretty Aussie to me

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 14:12 (two weeks ago) link

Use of TOILET leads me to believe you're right.

pplains, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 15:11 (two weeks ago) link

trapped out the barndo (crüt), Saturday, 23 May 2020 04:04 (two weeks ago) link

When we moved in to our new business to start renovating, there was a dark back room with a framed photo of baby, I have not pixelated the photo it was already like that

— acabraham lincoln (@SirSandGoblin) June 2, 2020

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 3 June 2020 22:04 (three days ago) link

ok yikes

Yanni Xenakis (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 22:07 (three days ago) link

Indeed, that picture is nightmare fuel.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 3 June 2020 22:08 (three days ago) link

Have some empathy, the child was born that way

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 4 June 2020 00:28 (two days ago) link


crystal-brained yogahead (map), Thursday, 4 June 2020 02:36 (two days ago) link

Praying. Thinking. Walking.

— Callista Gingrich (@CallyGingrich) June 4, 2020

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 June 2020 20:56 (two days ago) link


crystal-brained yogahead (map), Thursday, 4 June 2020 20:59 (two days ago) link

taking off all that makeup should provide some time for contemplation

i will FP you and your entire family (rip van wanko), Thursday, 4 June 2020 21:15 (two days ago) link

every generation gets much to think about

Preying. Thinking. Walking.

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Thursday, 4 June 2020 22:14 (two days ago) link

"this looks like a teaser poster for Get Out 2" lol

i will FP you and your entire family (rip van wanko), Thursday, 4 June 2020 22:36 (two days ago) link

haha xp

crystal-brained yogahead (map), Thursday, 4 June 2020 22:57 (two days ago) link

🐦[Praying. Thinking. Walking.🕸
— Callista Gingrich (@CallyGingrich) June 4, 2020🕸]🐦

Now I’m thinking of Buddy Holly,_Waiting,_Hoping

Boring, Maryland, Thursday, 4 June 2020 22:59 (two days ago) link

Praying Mantis Walking

pplains, Thursday, 4 June 2020 23:43 (two days ago) link

praying, thinking, walking
that's all you seem to do

mookieproof, Thursday, 4 June 2020 23:59 (two days ago) link

this isn't nice but she is the actual chicken lady from kids in the hall

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 5 June 2020 08:20 (yesterday) link

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