"This is not your average sugar-coated fantasyland selling scrapings from the Hollywood floor. No, we couldn't afford the license for that. Instead this is an attempt to build a different type of family day out - one that sends out a more appropriate message to the next generation - sorry kids. Sorry about the lack of meaningful jobs, global injustice and Channel 5. The fairytale is over, the world is sleepwalking towards climate catastrophe, maybe all that escapism will have to wait."I knew I had to visit Dismaland as soon as I heard about it, it incorporates just about everything I love: art, Disney, dilapidated theme parks and social commentary. I had a bit of a palava getting there (and home again) due to train delays, and then when I was queuing up to get in a full on car accident happened directly outside of it (no one was hurt!). So I was certainly feeling suitably dismal before I even went in.
I'd pre-booked my ticket online so didn't have a long wait ahead of me, and it wasn't long before I was in 'airport security'. I tried to take photos, but as it was the entrance you had to move through pretty quickly so it was difficult. As I took my camera out, one of the 'security guards' came up to me and ominously warned "I wouldn't do that if I were you, you're not going to want to remember today." (which was hard to take seriously in such a broad Bristolian accent tbh)
Obviously it's an art installation so it's not that big, I wasn't sure how long it would take me to get round the whole place but I ended up staying there for 6 hours. There's just so much to look at and I was so aware that this was my only chance to see it that I wanted to make sure I soaked up every last little detail. I'm generally not keen on a lot of modern art, but almost everything there grabbed my interest. I've always appreciated Banksy because he's not pretentious, which the art field often is very much so. I take things literally at face value which can be looked down on a lot in art, but I think it's important to be able to get your message across without expecting someone to read a multi-page document to be able to understand it. Just because something makes it's point more obviously doesn't make it any less meaningful and the emotion of the piece will still vary greatly between each person depending on individual interpretation. I just have a lot of distaste of the whole ideas surrounding "highbrow" and "lowbrow" art, it's both incredibly classist and ableist. Art should be accessible for everybody, not just a privileged few who smugly "get it".
All quotes by Banksy.
|"The ladies love a cheeky chap! They love a bad boy too. And I'm such a cheeky boy I'll beat you black and blue! With my motley and my jester's hat and my chin just like a gavel, perhaps I might remind you of a bad boy Jimmy Saville?|
That's the way to do it! A lovely bit of fun! A playful little 'love-tap', that's the way it's done! That's the way to do it! A side effect of passion. How sad that being all PC is now the modern fashion. You know she loves it really. It's banter in a way. And who bought all those copies of Fifty Shades of Grey? The ladies, bless their little hearts, so no more crying about damaged body parts."
"It’s modelled on those failed Christmas parks that pop up every December – where they stick some antlers on an Alsatian dog and spray fake snow on a skip. It’s ambitious, but it’s also crap. I think there’s something very poetic and British about all that."