Friday, August 28, 2015

A Day Out at Dismaland

If you get the chance to visit Dismaland, and if you're in the UK you should try, as it's better than you imagine, you'll discover a quirky thrill-ride through modern art and dissident pop-culture. Highly recommended if you like your entertainment on the dark satirical side.

Watch out for the militant-political 'selling' that goes on in some exhibits though. Along with the superior new art, there is controversy and thought provoking examinations of what we consider to be 'normality'... Major Spoilers Ahead... if you plan to go, I'd say stop right here!

A walking tour of the old swimming pool reveals the bathing tiles still in place... and children's dilapidated rides have a splash of new paint too.

A photo op with the Boys from the Black Stuff if you're that way inclined

Got Money!

One exhibit satirizes our gullibility for being fleeced, then you enter another where a bunch of students start asking you to buy books, posters and magazines about various political causes

We're all just big kids really, aren't we?
Enjoy the view?

It looks dirty and glum, but strangely the Dismaland 'phenomenon' leaves you feeling uplifted!

The old Club Tropicana sea-view wall hasn't changed much, except there's a massive wooden bench in the shape of a... toilet roll!

Castles in the sand weren't built to last...

Disney is rolling in his grave... major copyright infringement filing in the works right now I'm guessing. The video of  a  Disney Princess on screen? Saying you 'bought it from Ebay' will just not cut it.

Got that Charlie?

You can't get too close to the migrants because strangely there is a barrier.

My picture of the David Cameron exhibit was too blurred, perhaps a good thing after all!

I don't know, do you really want to?

A Damien Hirst

A Banksy

The beginning of 'The Police State'

Shouting at us to move along, "Nothing to see here!"

Apparently there was pizza on sale, as well as the beer and cider. I didn't want to risk it!

The Jeffrey Archer fire-pit - they're burning something called books
Have a nice life!
N.B. Will add updates, names/credits to this post and pics a.s.a.p.  ...Need to sleep now...  If you go to Dismaland, remember to wear good shoes, you'll need them!

Credits for the artists: 
Andreas Hykade (Bavaria)
Amir Schiby (Israel)
Axel Void (USA)
Banksy (UK)
Barry Reigate (UK)
Ben Long (UK)
Bill Barminski (USA)
Block9 (UK)
Brock Davis (USA)
Caitlin Cherry (USA)
Caroline McCarthy (UK)
Damien Hirst (UK)
Darren Cullen (UK)
David Shrigley (UK)
Dorcas Casey (UK)
Dietrich Wegner (USA)
Ed Hall (UK)
El Teneen (Egypt)
Escif (Spain)
Espo (USA)
Fares Cachoux (Syria)
Greg Haberny (USA)
Huda Beydoun (Saudi Arabia)
James Joyce (UK)
Jani Leinonen (Finland)
Jeff Gillette (USA)
Jenny Holzer (USA)
Jessica Harrison (UK)
Jimmy Cauty (UK)
Joanna Pollonais (Canada)
Josh Keyes (USA)
Julie Burchill (UK)
Kate MacDowell (USA)
Laura Lancaster (UK)
Lee Madgwick (UK)
Leigh Mulley (UK)
Lush (Australia)
Mana Neyestani (Iran)
Maskull Laserre (Canada)
Michael Beitz (USA)
Mike Ross (USA)
Neta Harari Navon (Israel)
Nettie Wakefield (UK)
Paco Pomet (Spain)
Paul Insect & BAST (UK/USA)
Peter Kennard & Cat Phillips(UK)
Polly Morgan (UK)
Pure Evil (UK)
Ronit Baranga (Israel)
Sami Musa (Palestine)
Scott Hove (USA)
Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė (Lithuania)
Shadi Alzaqzouq (Palestine)
Suliman Mansour (Palestine)
Tammam Azzam (Syria)
The Astronauts’ Caravan (UK)
Tinsel Edwards (UK)
Wasted Rita (Portugal)
Zaria Forman (USA)