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    Banksy's Dismaland opened today

    Banksy's Dismaland park: shocking, funny, extraordinary



    Clandestine street artist Banksy opens a theme park like no other. Inside a derelict lido in Weston-super-Mare, Dismaland features migrant boats, a dead princess and Banksy's trademark dark humour.



    It’s an extraordinary, shocking and funny experience from the moment you step through the gates of Dismaland.

    A fake security check underlines the fabricated threats Banksy and his collaborators believe we are being guarded against.

    Once inside, every piece from more than 50 international artists is a twist on what you’d find in a seaside theme park.






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    I've been to Weston-Super-Mare, it is Dismaland.

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    ^He's picked a perfect place for Dismaland

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    I'm sure he and 12 other people will appreciate the joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    ^He's picked a perfect place for Dismaland
    There or over to the other side say in Skegness. Now that's dismal.
    Last edited by Boon Mee; 22-08-2015 at 08:19 AM.

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    so where is the the room for whacking a load of heroin up your arm
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    Oh gosh, wot worthy and self-effacing, yet witty, social commentary... yawn

    Supposing ... Subversive genius Banksy is actually rubbish | Comment is free | The Guardian

    http://is-a-[at][at][at][at].com/2014/05/banksy/

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    ^Thanks for the link. Gave me a larf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainNemo View Post
    Oh gosh, wot worthy and self-effacing, yet witty, social commentary... yawn

    Supposing ... Subversive genius Banksy is actually rubbish | Comment is free | The Guardian

    http://is-a-[at][at][at][at].com/2014/05/banksy/
    Cheers for that......From the link.....

    Here's a mystery for you. Renegade urban graffiti artist Banksy is clearly a guffhead of massive proportions, yet he's often feted as a genius straddling the bleeding edge of now. Why? Because his work looks dazzlingly clever to idiots. And apparently that'll do.
    Banksy first became famous for his stencilled subversions of pop-culture images; one showed John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson in a famous pose from Pulp Fiction, with their guns replaced by bananas. What did it mean? Something to do with the glamourisation of violence, yeah? Never mind. It looked cool. Most importantly, it was accompanied by the name "BANKSY" in huge letters, so everyone knew who'd done it. This, of course, is the real message behind all of Banksy's work, despite any appearances to the contrary.

    Take his political stuff. One featured that Vietnamese girl who had her clothes napalmed off. Ho-hum, a familiar image, you think. I'll just be on my way to my 9 to 5 desk job, mindless drone that I am. Then, with an astonished lurch, you notice sly, subversive genius Banksy has stencilled Mickey Mouse and Ronald McDonald either side of her.

    Wham! The message hits you like a lead bus: America ... um ... war ... er ... Disney ... and stuff. Wow. In an instant, your worldview changes forever. Your eyes are opened. Staggering away, mind blown, you flick v-signs at a Burger King on the way home. Nice one Banksy! You've shown us the truth, yeah?

    As if that wasn't irritating enough, Banksy's vague, pseudo-subversive preaching is often accompanied by a downright embarrassing hardnut swagger. His website is full of advice to other would-be graffiti bores, like: "be aware that going on a mission drunk out of your head will result in some truly spectacular artwork and at least one night in the cells". Woah, man - the cells!

    He goes on to explain that "real villains" think graffiti is pointless - not because he wants you to agree with them, but because he wants you to know he's mates with a few tough-guy criminal types. Coz Banksy's an anarchalist what don't respect no law, innit?

    One of his most imbecilic daubings depicts a monkey wearing a sandwich board with "lying to the police is never wrong" written on it. So presumably Ian Huntley was right then, Banksy? You absolute thundering backside.

    Recently, our hero's made headlines by sneaking a dummy dressed in Guantánamo rags into Disneyland (once again fearlessly exposing Mickey Mouse's disgusting war criminal past), and defacing several hundred copies of Paris Hilton's new album (I haven't heard her CD, but I'm willing to bet it's far superior to Blur's godawful Think Tank, a useless bumdrizzle of an album, whose artwork was done by Banksy - presumably he spray-painted it on a brick and hurled it through EMI's window, yeah?).

    Right now you can see some of Banksy's life-altering acts of genius for yourself at his LA exhibition Barely Legal (yeah? Yeah!), including a live elephant painted to blend in with some gaudy wallpaper. This apparently represents "the big issues some people choose to ignore" - ie pretty much anything from global poverty to Aids. But not, presumably, the fat-arsed, berk-pleasing rubbishness of Banksy. We're all keeping schtum about that one.

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    Thousands struggled to get online tickets to Dismaland, a dark theme park, open for five weeks at the seaside resort.
    A "locals only" free ticket day was held on Friday, but the ticket website crashed when it received more than six million hits.
    General tickets are due to go on sale online again on Tuesday.
    Doors opened at 11:00 BST on Saturday to those already queuing, many who had waited overnight.
    Dismaland: First come-first served queue at Banksy show - BBC News

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Thousands struggled to get online tickets to Dismaland, a dark theme park, open for five weeks at the seaside resort.
    A "locals only" free ticket day was held on Friday, but the ticket website crashed when it received more than six million hits.
    Obviously it was planned, and was meant to be part of 'dismal' experience promised at the bemusement park.

    Cool.


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    Barry Island is to sue Banksy for stealing their ‘Dismaland’ theme park idea.

    Artist Banksy has recently hit the headlines for staging a derelict and substandard theme park in Weston-Super-Mare. But Barry Island bosses have contacted their solicitors after they claim that Banksy got the idea from them.

    Spokesman Dai ‘The Wrench’ Jones told Teakdoor reporter

    “This guy turns up, sticks a few shitty amusements in his park and they all come flocking. Why’s that? We’ve been doing that for over 50 years and we never get a mention on the telly. I spoke to my mate last night. His mate knows a guy who knows a solicitor so we’re going to go around his house on Tuesday to talk about it. I’m not sure how I’m going to get there as he lives out in the sticks. Any chance of a lift?”

    The man who looks after the Hook-a-Duck stall added:

    “It’s £2 a go mate. No. £2. You can pick any prize you want. Yeah. £2. Want a go? Why not? It’s only £2.”

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    ^ Good one

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    Penultimate batch of Dismaland tickets sell out in 10 minutes!

    Tickets to visit Banksy’s Weston-super-Mare show on September 22-25 went on sale yesterday morning, with 8,000 available for each day. The tickets sold out in 10 minutes!!!



    Penultimate batch of Dismaland tickets sell out in 10 minutes - Weston Mercury
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    Banksy is a genius.
    Way ahead of his time.

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    ^ Not really. There are lots of people with the same point of view and understanding. He just happens to be very public and very rich so can do brilliant things like this. Everyone I know who has been there has loved it, except ardent Tory supporters who didn't understand it, and instead sat down reading the telegraph.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Banksy was a legend 15 years before he became rich.
    He was a pioneer and an innovator.
    People who spout shit about him have no knowledge of the early years.

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    I'm not spouting shit about him, precious boy. There were people making similar statements to him 100 years ago!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    There were people making similar statements to him 100 years ago!
    Now that's simply amazing...Depending on how you read it...

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    A mural believed to be by artist Banksy should to be removed from a disused Hull bridge, a local councillor has claimed.
    The stencilled design depicts a child carrying a wooden sword with a pencil attached to the end.
    Images of the mural were shared on Banksy's official Instagram account on Friday.
    Conservative councillor John Abbott said Banky's work did not compare with "real art" in the city gallery.
    "I think that should be cleaned off. It should be photographed and the photograph kept because Banksy is not without talent," said Mr Abbott.
    "But to compare Banksy for example with some of the real art in the Ferens Art Gallery, which is quite mind-bogglingly brilliant at times, is, shall we say, to judge by two different sets of standards."
    The elusive street artist posted two photos of the permanently raised bridge, situated on Scott Street in the Wincolmlee area.
    BBC Arts Editor Will Gompertz described Banksy as a "good artist and a genius PR man".
    "I don't think you can remove it," he said.
    "I think the whole point of Banksy's work is they are what is called site specific... they work because of the places they've been put and if you remove the location the work loses its power."

    The mural appeared on a permanently raised bridge in the Wincolmlee area of Hull

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    Street art bearing all the hallmarks of a Banksy piece has appeared in London where Extinction Rebellion protesters have been causing chaos for the last fortnight.
    The artwork, yet to be confirmed as the infamous street artist's, was spotted early Friday morning in Marble Arch - the base of the climate activists' demonstrations.
    It features an image of a child holding an Extinction Rebellion sign next to a small plant dug in the ground, with the words: 'From this moment despair ends and tactics begin.'


    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6962733/Does-Banksy-Extinction-Rebellion-Street-artists-work-appears-London.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ico=taboola_feed


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    So like Banksy, but without the wit.

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