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Welcome to Dismaland: A First Look at Banksy’s New Art Exhibition Housed Inside a Dystopian Theme Park


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Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park who’s 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.

In addition to art you’ll also find functional aterrifying carousel, a mini golf park, a ferris wheel, and some ludicrously impossible fair games (like ‘topple the anvil with a ping pong ball’ by David Shrigley), roving occupy protests, and a Star Wars stormtrooper who sulks around the exhibition in a state of complete misery. The park is staffed by morose Dismaland employees who are uninterested in being helpful or remotely informative. Entrance to the event requires an uncomfortably awkward NSA-esque security screening, and of course you get to exit through the gift shop.

So what is Banksy trying to say with this?

Step away from the fairy tale.

And what's the killer whale jumping through the hoop?

See whence it leaps.

Is whence the toilet or the kiddie pool?

That seems like a question for the ages.

The answer is the toilet.

From the toilet to the kiddie pool! 

I hope it doesn't plan on treating that kiddie pool like a toilet!

It's kind of dystopian theme park.

Normal theme park displays an excessively idealistic and optimistic world.

He did the opposite, an excessively negative and pessimistic world.

I think it's pretty cool.

Me too.  It's a dark park.

Interesting concept but why would you want to spend time there when there are so many more positive ways to spend our time. 

Because it's stimulating.  If you visited an art museum, would you avoid the Salvador Dali exhibit?

No but I'd make sure to see other exhibits too to balance him out!

There you go.  Balance!

To realize there's a lot of work to do for our society to work better and for people to live better.

Yeah, that's true. I should demand more of that from my entertainment rather than just go to be amused.

Thanks for adding video!  "Carefully constructed chaos".  Dismaland would be a great place to take a surly teen.  :)

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