Mickey Mouse is dead. Welcome to Dismeland.
It has already been all around the news. Disneyland was dead, buried and then zombified in a less mainstream but way cooler version version called Dismeland. And this ugly cousin of the wildly popular amusement park has got some other “fairytales” to talk about rather than princesses and happy endings.
How about apocalypse, anti-consumerism, social critiques on celebrity culture, immigration, and law enforcement? Inside the walls of a derelict seaside swimming resort in Weston-super-Mare, UK, you can now find it all, under the rough of an artsy themed besmusement park that seems to be taken right out of a Tim Burton movie. This”UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction” is the the work of more than 58 global artists including Bansky, Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty, Bill Barminski, Caitlin Cherry, Polly Morgan, Josh Keyes, Mike Ross, David Shrigley, Bäst, and Espo and an alternative to the mundane and the mediocre, as the organisers put it:
“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 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.”
Dismaland is open to the public from August 22 through September 27th, 2015 and information about pre-booked and at-the-gate tickets is available here. There’s also a series of events including shows by Pussy Riot and Massive Attack on September 25th.
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Photo credit: Christopher Jobson for Colossal