Welcome to your nightmare – Banksy’s Dismaland. A dystopian, derelict, apocalyptic, anti-propaganda theme park of the horrors of modern culture. It’s a demented, deranged Disneyland on drugs.
Banksy has curated Dismaland with 58 other artists from all over the globe and the pop-up exhibition can be accurately described in one word – grim.
Regarded as “The UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction”, Dismaland is open to the public for five depressing weeks.
Dismaland thrusts themes of godawful modern culture and entertainment, immigration, and anti-consumerism in your face. Prepare to feel miserable upon arrival – that’s the point.
The official brochure says:
“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, spray cans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney Corporation.”
In contrast to the happiest place on earth (Disneyland), Dismaland is dotted with questionable signs such as “Free Hot Dog for anyone who can guess what animal is in their hotdog” and protest signs saying “You perfect piece of meaningful shit” and “You heart attack me”.
Gloomy staff members roam the park with a sole purpose of being unfriendly and unhelpful. They also fittingly carry balloons printed with “I am an imbecile”.
Cinderella’s carriage lay overturned, with the belle of the ball flung out of a window and surrounded by paparazzi. Their cameras flashing to capture images of her tragic death which they probably caused.
Dismaland is a modern cultural horror park meets warning for the future. It’s everything you’re terrified the world is turning into. It’s the theme park that will crush your optimism and your dreams, and it’s well worth a visit.
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