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June 03, 2015

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sH2

I think that needs a trigger warning for… whatever the f*ck that is.

David

I’m not sure how to appraise it on an aesthetic level, but it’s keeping the kids amused.

Mike

*backs away slowly, closes laptop*

Monty James

Probably German or Dutch. Those types seem to be very fond of public displays of annoying ugliness.

rjmadden

That's not how I remember Butlins.

bilbaoboy

So that's wehre the little blighters come from. The stork/Paris thing isn't true?

Well, well, well. I'm stunned.

Watcher In The Dark

I hate to get all serious over such frippery, but wasn't it the case that artists who could paint/sculpt beauty could just as easily paint/sculpt ugliness? Fair enough, but can the creators of this monstrosity ever create anything beautiful or are they stuck churning out the ugly?

David

We can only hope that somewhere in the world there’s a recording of the meeting at which this, um, project was pitched to a funding committee.

Franklin

Here you go.

David

All hail Franklin. Post updated.

David

this monstrosity

I’m not sure I could say it’s pleasing to the eye, but I suppose monstrousness is sort of the point. And the enormous viscera and oversized wandering genitals are at least entertaining the children. Which is practically a radical breakthrough in taxpayer-funded art projects.

Ten

With apologies to George Will for posting this astute and potently timely observation under such a bizarre category.

Although there must be a connection in here somewhere...

David

With apologies to George Will for posting this astute and potently timely observation under such a bizarre category.

What George said.

Jimmy

Everybody celebrates the human body in all its surreal and visceral beauty, liberating us from the banal and ordinary to the wonder and extraordinariness that is everybody, every human body, Everybody

Perhaps it's my art background influence, but this kind of ugliness is not extraordinary; it's banal and predictable.

Lancastrian Oik

Here I am in Andalusia and I've been ranting all week about the way the fat and ugly and mostly male Germans and Scandahoovians have annexed a local beach for nude sunbathing, and bemoaning the equally unattractive overweight and tattoo'd male Brits who think it is perfectly acceptable to wander about the village shirtless.

Now I find that art has vindicated me.

Thank God for small mercies.

Jamie

Goodbye breakfast.

Megaera

Huhn. Ozzies? Didn't see that one coming.

dirk

http://www.dailylife.com.au/dl-people/dl-entertainment/this-anonymous-artists-tumblr-perfectly-illustrates-your-feminist-feels-20150603-ghfoa7.html.touch.html

Your feminist feels!

RightofGenghis

I love the asininity of the commenters like this member of the young Comsomol: "To the naysayers: it causes a reaction. Mission accomplished =)"

Drawing Mohammed causes a reaction too, you conformist bastards. I didn't see any of your kind standing up for Charlie Hebdo or Pamela Geller.

Because that would take intelligence and moral courage.

David Gillies

"the human body in all its surreal and visceral beauty"

As anyone who's ever had cause to open an animal up, or watch abdominal surgery, viscera are not beautiful. They might be fascinating, especially in the way in which there really isn't any wasted space and getting them back in again is like re-packaging a gizmo in its original box to return to Curry's, but beautiful they are not. And it's not like the squares are jumping up and down at how frightful all this is. Yawning, more like. So much of this stuff seems designed pour ennuyer le bourgeoisie. Not a bit of épater in sight.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

I looked at the first thing earlier. I could not, and left. Now there is a link to "feminist feels," and I can not, either. Both actually injured my eyeballs.

David

Your feminist feels!

Your pretentiously angst-ridden white male poet feels.

First you wear the madness, like a badge, a sign of piety. Then you let it devour you.

Patrick Chester

Looks like a set from a low-budget SciFi movie.

J.M. Heinrichs

Also, "Puppetry of the Penis":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGUUcOBnCpA

Cheers

Jimmy

Puppetry of the Penis

BKOOM

Horace Dunn

Puppetry of the penis?

How about punditry of the penis. This is breathtaking even by Monbiot's usual grim standards...

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/03/city-corporates-destroy-best-minds

David

This is breathtaking even by Monbiot’s usual grim standards...

Thank goodness Always Weeping George™ is there to tell us which jobs – jobs that other people do to pay their mortgages and feed their families - are “pointless” and lack “social utility.” Which by his definition includes almost any job offered by Those Evil Corporations. Hissss.

Yes, of course. Students should pay no heed to supporting themselves or being in any way realistic. Instead of choosing a course wisely and earning a living, they should be “laying out exultant visions of a better world.” And then, armed with a useless degree and large debts, they can become unemployable, dependent on the state and resentful of others’ success. And thus become useful to the left.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

So Monbiot the original Moonbat is living his teenaged dreams, huh? And I think plenty of people are living their stupid college dreams, thinking that staying up all night to yap about pretend-problems and announcing they've got all the solutions will sustain them through their forties and fifties. On Artists' Grants money.

David Gillies

The most rapacious City financier produces more social good than the entire stable of writers for Kommentar macht Frei. If one were to think of the Platonic ideal of useless, parasitical, unedifying non-jobs then one would be hard put to come up with anything better than Eeyorish pontificating in the pages of a Leftist rag like the Guardian.

David

The most rapacious City financier produces more social good than the entire stable of writers for Kommentar macht Frei.

But George is a life coach now. I wonder if it ever occurs to him that, were he given the power and influence he craves, he’d be the ruin of the world.

David

Speaking of Australian taxpayer-funded art, and the high-minded, totally unassuming people who churn it out, this may amuse.

And do follow the link at the end.

Bunny

Looking at this it is obvious that the passengers on the B Ark were self selecting, however telephone kiosk sanitizers obviously should not be included.

Mags

Instead of choosing a course wisely and earning a living, they should be “laying out exultant visions of a better world.”

Because students are at that age when they know everything about everything.

David

Because students are at that age when they know everything about everything.

As Bill Whittle put it,

Teen voters, the younger the better, are exactly what the left is looking for. They know no history; they base all of their decisions on emotion; they have no real world experience in terms of what works and what does not. They haven’t the slightest idea of discipline or delayed gratification. They live in a world of fantasy and wish fulfilment; they make demands that cannot be met but they’re willing to settle for an ice-cream cone. They are utterly dependent on others; they’re desperate to conform to the cultural norm, and in general they are the perfect, pliable, ignorant, utterly emotional, reason-free, easily-manipulated vote farm that the progressives need for their power grab.

Which may help explain why the Guardian devotes so much attention to that particular demographic, and why it presents the most hackneyed student blather as deep and radical insight.

Quint&Jessel, Sea of Azof, Bly, UK

So p-shopping some pol's face onto ACTUAL works of art is considered brilliant by our betters? Hmm. I wonder whether it struck any of those fools to think, "Wow, this "art" thing I'm p-shopping...maybe I could do that, if I worked at it."

Nah.

Horace Dunn

"But George is a life coach now. I wonder if it ever occurs to him that, were he given the power and influence he craves, he’d be the ruin of the world."

George, of course, does have a great deal of power and influence. He has always been comfortably well off at the heart of the establishment. This just makes his sneering at people who desire a similar level of financial security for themselves and their families particularly odious. And his idea that universities should discourage their students from seeking careers that might offer financial independence is, at the very least, peculiar.

Ten

The Ultra Spiritual. I find it works just as well for The Progressive.

Om.

Lancastrian Oik

Per Monbiot: Only 60% of London Business School's graduates get jobs in the finance industry.

Poor strike rate.

Might as well have done a degree in Dance Studies then.

I'm regretting that "post-graduate law v. living in a yurt and smoking dope" choice more than ever. Thanks, George.

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