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Welcome to Dismaland, Banksy's Demented Bemusement Park For the 99%


#1

Welcome to Dismaland, Banksy's Demented Bemusement Park For the 99%

From a derelict seaside resort, Banky has created his largest project: a dystopian "family theme park unsuitable for small children” boasting a Grim Reaper, a dead Cinderella, a predatory loan booth, an armor-plated riot control vehicle turned kids' slide, boats jammed with asylum seekers, surly Mickey-Mouse-ears-wearing greeters, and much macabre art by 50 artists, including himself. Enjoy "the U.K.'s most disappointing new visitor attraction!"


#2

Wow, my plans for the coming week of "vacation" (a uniquely USAn word - everywhere else it is called "holiday" and lasts an entire month) involves a few days hang gliding and seeing old friends down in Tennessee then up to my brothers place in Toronto - all by car. But for a comparable or smaller carbon footprint, I can fly to the UK and go to this place. Being fellow anarchists, I hope admission is free...


#4

so Disney's version of the sorcerer's apprentice does have an ending.


#5

Banksy speaks for me


#6

OK, cheap anyway - 3 quid. The main problem is that they are filling up and few tickets are left.


#7

Speaks for me, too, NB.


#8

Bansky's "art" is a mirror held up to reflect the dysfunction of the world in which we live. My favorite Bansky so far was the picture of a dog urinating on some wall grafitti. It reminded me of most political rallies I have seen wherein humans with no more conscious awareness of themselves than that beast needing relief, do equally funny and absurd things.


#9

Don't know if the rise of Disney, Inc., was linear but seems to me that for a period in the 60's & 70's their main contribution to the video slime was that personification of greed, wealth and privilege Scrooge McDuck and his three apprentice oligarch nephews.

The antidote to that for the 99% is Lucky Duck from cartoonist Ruben Bolling (Tom the Dancing Bug.)

A few of Ruben's strips (or many) would be perfectly appropriate at Dismaland.