Very little was known about Banksy’s new project until this week when suddenly the press and media flew into a frenzy and descended on DismaLand.
Dismaland is less a dystopian fiction and more a reality of what the true family experience is in this age – described by Banksy as a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism – it’s a bemusement part thats already been hit by unprecedented demand for what is quite deliberately “the UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction”.
The online ticketing service has been unable to process online ticket sales with some fans wondering if this is all just part of the ‘Dismal’ experience. If the British public needed a more stark vision of the dismal reality its facing today – Banksy has quite literally hit the nail on the head once again.
“Graffiti is an important and valid art form, it would be a shame if it was killed by venture capitalism.”
Banksy has expanded his work beyond ‘Street Art’ and ‘Graffiti’ in this project and when asked in his only interview with the Guardian if he’s turned his back on ‘street art’ he unequivocally says “For this show, yes.” Banksy himself also interviewed Run the Jewels who’ll be performing at Dismaland about ‘creative expression’ and EL-P said “The bravest artists I’ve ever known have always been graf artists. Risking your life and your freedom is no joke.”
A very ‘British’ report from Channel 4 about the new theme park gives a walk through on what you’re likely to see at Dismaland;
With a 2000 capacity entry for advance bookings – visitors need to queue up on a one in/one out basis, with a last entry at 9pm. The next opportunity to go online to book a ticket will be possible from Tuesday 25th August and the park will be open for 5 weeks only in Weston-super-Mare.
Highlights from the ‘attractions’ include a different perspective outside of the sanitised media stories – “Are you looking for an alternative to the sugar-coated tedium of the average family day out? Or just somewhere a lot cheaper?”
Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus…
Dismaland is open everyday from 22nd August – 27th September 2015.
11am – 11pm. Admission £3, free for the under 5’s.
Capacity is limited, visit the ticket page and book a time slot for a guaranteed entry – otherwise in true dismal bemusement park style – spend your hours queuing.