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GoblinAhFuckScary

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Surrealist Meme Thread
« on: February 21, 2021, 07:09:47 PM »
Been coming across a lot of this sort of thing for yonks. I think it can be easy to deride as nonsense of a revival of old random internet culture especially since it's particularly popular with younger generations, but it's more fun indulging in its absurdity really and I think you can make a reasonable link to the mentality behind dada, anti-art, fluxus etc if you aren't able to enjoy yer low-culture without it being intellectualised.










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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2021, 07:12:22 PM »
Prefer academic memes myself.

Buelligan

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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2021, 07:27:39 PM »
I don't know if it's surrealist or even a meme but I'm liking this very much at the moment


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Also, I absolutely love the 6yr moth up there, I'm not even lying.

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2021, 07:42:57 PM »
I think you can make a reasonable link to the mentality behind dada, anti-art, fluxus etc

But can you make a reasonable link to surrealism?

GoblinAhFuckScary

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2021, 07:45:28 PM »
But can you make a reasonable link to surrealism?


GoblinAhFuckScary

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« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2021, 07:46:58 PM »
Also, I absolutely love the 6yr moth up there, I'm not even lying.

Do you remember the moth memes? I know moths are like... kinda weird and pretty and alien and all that but i HATE them and seeing close up scary moth face all the time was a bad time

also where did that lovely looking man come from

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2021, 07:50:39 PM »
I don't know if it's surrealist or even a meme but I'm liking this very much at the moment


Ce n'est pas un mème

Also, I absolutely love the 6yr moth up there, I'm not even lying.

have you looked through his others - only a couple of Kenneths, but this is my favourite from his main character - very well observed if you are a person of a certain age, upbringing and class.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvEcFHGpZ1Q

and one that pervades your sleeping hours

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V_zGecDCpA

Buelligan

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2021, 07:55:29 PM »
Yes, I like two Kenneths especially also quite like the Quentin worm helmet and Exercise in the Afternoon but not as much as the Kenneths.

Do you remember the moth memes? I know moths are like... kinda weird and pretty and alien and all that but i HATE them and seeing close up scary moth face all the time was a bad time


I feel the absolute opposite.  I love their furry little faces and their whole mothness, so soft and blundery.  Light as paper and solid too.  Love them all, the trusting wee souls.

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2021, 07:58:48 PM »
*Richard Gere wakes up in cold sweat*

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2021, 08:22:01 PM »

Sky 1, 2 and 3 are absolute bangers. I got run over quite badly in 1986 - eleven weeks in hospital while they rebuilt me and I had to learn to walk again before they'd let me out. Along with the tapes I actually wanted for my Saisho Walkman, my Dad slipped in some of his choices, and I warmed to Sky in particular. Being off my head on intravenous pain meds at 13 years old and listening to John Williams and Herbie Flowers bridge the gap between prog and elevator music - great times.

It's also awesome that this guy looks exactly like my geography teacher of the time, beige Farah slacks 'n' all - days are gone.

Buelligan

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2021, 08:47:32 PM »
Not gone, just hiding in the folds of the internetBlods found him nestling there.

GoblinAhFuckScary

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2021, 08:57:26 PM »
first comment:
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I bet Adam Curtis hates that this isn't real.

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2021, 09:20:54 PM »

Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2021, 03:12:16 AM »
I think some of those memes can be funny. On instagram there’s an account called incellectuals which posts some really funny stuff, and spawned a lot of “minion accounts” with names like “israellectuals” and “incellectuals.florida”. Also enjoy “infinite_cum_hate” and “meaningful__images__only”.
I’ve decided to edit this post with the best images I see as I see them.

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2021, 03:23:29 AM »


:-D Not quite what I meant but fair enough

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2021, 03:51:17 AM »
Sky 1, 2 and 3 are absolute bangers.

I'm still haunted by the first track from Sky 4, I had the terrifying idea that the descending guitar line at 2:31 might just keep playing the same 5 descending notes over and over until infinity, as if the record was skipping at the worst place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdgbFEvMpxo

(the phrase at 2:23 also sounds a bit like "with the lights out; it's less dangerous" in retrospect)

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2021, 09:10:29 AM »
I think you can make a reasonable link to the mentality behind dada... if you aren't able to enjoy yer low-culture without it being intellectualised

That's me!

Dada was hostile to bourgeois mores surrounding art - hostile to the notion that art should be pretty in nature, conventional in subject, and inevitably exhibited in a "respectable" middle class milieu. In this sense I agree with you that Dada were forerunners of edgy memesters; that these pieces of meme-art bear its anarchic spirit and hostility to mainstream aesthetic taste.

The same could be said of the odious Sam Hyde, whose face appears in your third example above the word "stench". If anyone doesn't know who he is, they can learn more about him from my film "I Am A Cuck".

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2021, 10:24:54 AM »
I wouldn't quite say they're memes, since the content just follows its own dark surrealist narrative with no specific outside meme influence feeding it and no parodies or references coming out of it, but The Call Center is among my favourite Instagram accounts. They only post sporadically but everything they create is fantastic, very Lynchian but also tapping into a deep, untraceable sense of longing and loneliness with its relatively simplistic language. The whole aesthetic seeps effortlessly into the mind like a long, slow drift into deep sleep and just keeps on wandering further and further out. I have a very low attention span but their work always makes me stop and quietly reflect on the detail of each image.

Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2021, 10:53:27 AM »
here for this

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« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2021, 11:18:45 AM »
I wouldn't quite say they're memes, since the content just follows its own dark surrealist narrative with no specific outside meme influence feeding it and no parodies or references coming out of it, but The Call Center is among my favourite Instagram accounts. They only post sporadically but everything they create is fantastic, very Lynchian but also tapping into a deep, untraceable sense of longing and loneliness with its relatively simplistic language. The whole aesthetic seeps effortlessly into the mind like a long, slow drift into deep sleep and just keeps on wandering further and further out. I have a very low attention span but their work always makes me stop and quietly reflect on the detail of each image.

That's great and it's the first submission in this thread that fits my understanding of Surrealism. That other stuff is more like Pop Art or at a stretch, Dadaism.

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2021, 11:21:11 AM »
Yeah, I really like that. Never heard of it.

GoblinAhFuckScary

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Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2021, 11:28:29 AM »
That's great and it's the first submission in this thread that fits my understanding of Surrealism. That other stuff is more like Pop Art or at a stretch, Dadaism.

ok pop-art dada meme thread then lol. i prob just used the word surrealist as synonymous with abstract whatever irrespective of that actual artistic discipline but i assumed it would at least make sense and they still dabble in the uncanny and the unexpected

also that's great stuff Mollusk

Re: Surrealist Meme Thread
« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2021, 02:56:48 PM »
I'm still into conspiracy theory memes. Drawing a lot of pyramids with eyes, and pigeons. Adam Curtis would probably not like.

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