Dismaland is described by its mysterious street-artist creator, Banksy, as “a festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism.”
Apathetic attendants wear safety vests and mouse-ear hats while telling guests to “end joy” the attractions.
Here’s some text from the event’s official brochure:
Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well.
Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park whose big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes…
This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation.
Can you spot the invisible man? Artist Liu Bolin, known as “The Invisible Man,” paints his body to blend perfectly into the background of everyday Chinese life. Each photograph is an invitation to examine the relationship between the individual and society, an effort to give voice to citizens who are silenced by the Chinese government. In his TED Talk, Bolin explains the lengthy process each photograph requires and the evolution of his powerful message.
German photographer Rebecca Rütten recreated Renaissance portraits and still lifes using her friends and an assortment of fast food for an awesome series entitled Contemporary Pieces. The images are as humorous as they are poignant social commentary.
“During the conception of “Contemporary Pieces, “I became enamored with the eroticism, presentation and charisma of paintings from the Renaissance Period. In the Late Renaissance, Italian and Dutch painters dealt with the middle and lower classes. In my opinion, Fast Food Culture represents these two social classes in the United States today. To eat healthy is expensive. However, one can buy large amounts of food at a fast food restaurant for a comparatively low price.”