Visual Culture: Step Inside Banksy's Dystopian Theme Park 'Dismaland'
For those unaware, visual/street artist Banksy has big plans for his homeland, opening the doors to his bemusement spectacular “Dismaland” this summer. And while the theme park’s musical component has been well established at this point (with Run The Jewels, Peanut Butter Wolf and Massive Attack leading the charge,) little is known as to what thrills and spooks lay behind those rusted gates. But luckily for you and I and the rest of the enigmatic artist’s following, a trailer for “Dismaland” has surfaced, taking us deep into his subversive reverie, realized in full-form through beautifully menacing rides and carny games that stand to prove that the world is far from Disney’s dream and that your dollars may be better spent on some doomsday prep. The video also reveals that despite the packaging, the theme park seems to be fully operational and might just be the perfect getaway for the big boys and girls that have an eye and an ear for the slightly psychotic, wholly entertaining imagery that goes hand-in-hand with the name Banksy. Slip into the artist’s living, breathing bemusement park by watching the video below and if you’re cross pond next month, do yourself a favor and make an appearance.