Banksy, the British street artist, film maker, painter and political activist has stepped up his game by creating a bemusement park which he has christened Dismaland. Dismaland recently opened for its five-week run and now we’ve got a look at the park from Banksy’s own trailer. Are you ready for a trip on the dark side of this non-magical kingdom?
Dismaland includes work from Banksy, as well as 60 other artists including works by Escif, Maskull Lasserre, Kate McDowell, Paco Pomet, Dietrich Wegner, Michael Beitz, Brock Davis and Ronit Baranga. Don’t worry, I didn’t really know who those folks were either, but it is definitely worth a minute or two to check out their work.
Here’s Banksy’s official statement about the park:
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 will run for five weeks, with a limit of 4000 guests per day at £3 each. If you’re in the area you can pick up tickets at dismaland.co.uk.
There will also be musical performances by Massive Attack, Pussy Riot and Run the Jewels. Hopefully we’ll get some video of those as well when they happen.
It’s all in jest, along with a heaping helping of sarcasm and social commentary at Dismaland. The opening was reported to have its own troubles with long lines, and snafus about tickets etc… just what you might expect Banksy to create as part of the show experience on purpose. A spokesperson denied these rumors saying:
It’s not true. It’s 100% a real website. It crashed under the number of hits it received.
Not many are buying that though,
— Mark Östen (@theosten) August 25, 2015
We can only hope that Dismaland might take the show on the road after its first run in Britain.