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) Permalink

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) Permalink

vii encompasses uncanny valley also obv

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 10:49 (two years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

jarring? jarring

ogmor, Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:05 (two years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

also, bananas

attention vampire (MatthewK), Thursday, 9 March 2017 11:45 (two years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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

mark s, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:03 (two years ago) Permalink

(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) Permalink

lmao

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 9 March 2017 23:08 (two years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

I get Diane Arbus like vibes from some of them.

MaresNest, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:05 (two years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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

Sanpaku, Friday, 10 March 2017 00:52 (two years ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

two months pass...

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

mark s, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

^is that it? that's it

Heavy Doors (jed_), Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:35 (one year ago) Permalink

so not gonna happen

mark s, Wednesday, 5 July 2017 22:40 (one year ago) Permalink

omg

gin and chronic (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 6 July 2017 10:58 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

mark s, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:39 (one year ago) Permalink

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

ogmor, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 15:42 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

#nofilter

mark s, Tuesday, 8 August 2017 16:08 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

lol @ all the comments that just say "Russia"

brimstead, Wednesday, 9 August 2017 02:08 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

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

mark s, Friday, 1 September 2017 22:23 (one year ago) Permalink

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

mark s, Saturday, 9 September 2017 18:47 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

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 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

soref, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 17:37 (one year ago) Permalink

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

mark s, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:29 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 31 October 2017 21:04 (one year ago) Permalink

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) Permalink

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) Permalink

idgi

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

long fingers

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

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) Permalink

that's right!

brokenshire (jed_), Sunday, 2 December 2018 03:14 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwzCRx7WkAA2-yK.jpg:large

mark s, Sunday, 13 January 2019 14:24 (five months ago) Permalink

outstanding

21st savagery fox (m bison), Sunday, 13 January 2019 14:38 (five months ago) Permalink

pic.twitter.com/2h4QxusnnT

— non aesthetic things (@PicturesFoIder) January 13, 2019

mark s, Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:05 (five months ago) Permalink

That’s a very aesthetic thing idk

YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:12 (five months ago) Permalink

what's the music?

ogmor, Sunday, 13 January 2019 22:17 (five months ago) Permalink

cursed images never not aesthetic = premise of thread

that twitter account is useful in its wrong-name-ness

mark s, Monday, 14 January 2019 10:33 (five months ago) Permalink

the cursed image aesthetic = resistance to fixed narrative + one or more jarring elements

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Monday, 14 January 2019 11:41 (five months ago) Permalink

The state mint in Berlin has issued a memorial coin celebrating 70 years of currywurst and it may just be the most horrible thing in the history of numismatics pic.twitter.com/SgGJ5TtgWH

— Oliver Moody (@olivernmoody) January 14, 2019

Neil S, Monday, 14 January 2019 15:42 (five months ago) Permalink

Indeed, the wurst thing

Hashtagdadjokes

Gunther Gleiben (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 14 January 2019 17:11 (five months ago) Permalink

wurrycurst press submit

mark s, Monday, 14 January 2019 17:14 (five months ago) Permalink

pic.twitter.com/2h4QxusnnT
— non aesthetic things (@PicturesFoIder) January 13, 2019
― mark s, Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:05 (yesterday) Permalink

That’s a very aesthetic thing idk

― YouTube_-_funy_cats.flv (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 13 January 2019 21:12 (yesterday) Permalink

I can picture exactly this but in a closed space being in the Whitney Biennial or something like that

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 14 January 2019 17:27 (five months ago) Permalink

so not gonna happen

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 16:46 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://i.imgur.com/tSSVJ9y.png

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 28 March 2019 04:57 (two months ago) Permalink

https://twitter.com/zanntone/status/1111601025578876929

mark s, Friday, 29 March 2019 12:10 (two months ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D3IDnAPU4AApYQn.jpg

mark s, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 16:42 (two months ago) Permalink

the missing image at xp is this:
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D20zPOAXQAUGgrD.jpg

mark s, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 16:43 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D4nbvhqU8AAOk7J.jpg

mark s, Sunday, 21 April 2019 13:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Name one thing in this photo pic.twitter.com/zgyE9rL2XP

— dumbass ass idiot 𓅩 (@melip0ne) April 23, 2019

frogbs, Friday, 26 April 2019 13:08 (two months ago) Permalink

Yikes.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 26 April 2019 13:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Brave attempt in the comments there:

pic.twitter.com/KVj1yV8Rry

— reneabythe (@reneabythe) April 23, 2019

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 26 April 2019 13:15 (two months ago) Permalink

jfc it’s like a glimpse into what living with visual agnosia must be like

Campaign For Dean Gaffney To Be The New James Bond (bizarro gazzara), Friday, 26 April 2019 13:27 (two months ago) Permalink

jfc

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:10 (one month ago) Permalink

I have a question and a follow-up question.

1. Does that shirt so "Duck War?"
2. If so, why?

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:12 (one month ago) Permalink

*say

Plinka Trinka Banga Tink (Eliza D.), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:12 (one month ago) Permalink

https://i.imgur.com/rxGEd9u.jpg

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:54 (one month ago) Permalink

important fact-check taking place in the aesthetics of cursed images thread!

mark s, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 13:59 (one month ago) Permalink

All for the greater good!

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 14:12 (one month ago) Permalink

but maybe not in her case

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 14:13 (one month ago) Permalink

only very marginally less cursed imo

michael keaton IS jim thirlwell IN ‘foetaljuice’ (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 15:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Click every part of the photo that is terrifying and depressing pic.twitter.com/ZslhfCSFdW

— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) May 1, 2019

Vernon Locke, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 06:33 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Evidently popular in Eastern Europe:

https://i.redd.it/zymqctf2zre21.jpg

despondently sipping tomato soup (Sanpaku), Thursday, 6 June 2019 15:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Probably 55-65% of all couch photos on the internet are cursed.

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

https://i.imgur.com/0gMXjg6.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Y0Vg6lM.png

pplains, Sunday, 16 June 2019 22:11 (one week ago) Permalink

!!!

me and you and a resinous goo (seandalai), Sunday, 16 June 2019 23:08 (one week ago) Permalink

so good

d'ILM for Murder (Hadrian VIII), Sunday, 16 June 2019 23:36 (one week ago) Permalink

holy shit

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Monday, 17 June 2019 01:21 (one week ago) Permalink

That last one is excellent. I think I'm missing something on the first image though.

brain (krakow), Monday, 17 June 2019 17:52 (one week ago) Permalink

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT to our 2015 #SCFestivalofLove when actor #JimBroadbent exhibited his 'People' the amazing carved figures that he creates in his shed. Did you see them? pic.twitter.com/09Wp9SlKNg

— Southbank Centre (@southbankcentre) June 20, 2019

RUSSIA’S SEXIEST POKER STAR ELECTROCUTED BY HAIRDRYER (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:40 (six days ago) Permalink

now i will never not see them

mark s, Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:43 (six days ago) Permalink

fun fact: he uses real human hair to make these, allegedly cut from wigs

RUSSIA’S SEXIEST POKER STAR ELECTROCUTED BY HAIRDRYER (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:46 (six days ago) Permalink

“They are people, and people depend on love and give love and need love and maybe these people love each other.”

RUSSIA’S SEXIEST POKER STAR ELECTROCUTED BY HAIRDRYER (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:46 (six days ago) Permalink

now i will never not see the love

mark s, Thursday, 20 June 2019 15:57 (six days ago) Permalink

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/6b/17/5d/6b175df0b855e9decf010b15451ec174.jpg

i still have nightmares over this "childrens tv" classic.

calzino, Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:02 (six days ago) Permalink

I am never quite sure exactly what fits this thread, but it was the first thing that came to my mind when the quarterly local mag turned up on my doormat just now.

https://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b356/olem/miaowseph_zpsftlonzko.png

anatol_merklich, Sunday, 23 June 2019 21:44 (three days ago) Permalink

Fight candidates? Opera star on the brink? Miaowseph Stalin?

Maybe google.translate is messing with me, but I'd say that one fits here anyway.

pplains, Sunday, 23 June 2019 22:07 (three days ago) Permalink


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