Calamity by Dary Gregg

(You can view the entire gallery at the following link )

The above image depicts an incapacitated man in front of a banana peel. Instantly one assumes the banana caused the incapacitation (regardless of whether or not incapacitation is a word) due to the influence of cartoons and tv shows that most of us – if not all of us, at this stage – have grown up watching on a weekly, daily, hourly, half-hourly basis… Depending on how thriving one’s social life has been. We believe in a world where the underdog always prevails, the hero always wins, everything always works out and banana peels are the most treacherous of all the slippery things – and most frequently encountered as well.

I deal mainly with memetics – the idea of a “meme” (essentially any idea, but as an evolutionary term where ideas compete and adapt like a gene would). The “banana peel slip”, or whatever you want to call it, is an example of a meme – an idea that caught on like an infection to mass, human consciousness – and it has gotten to a stage where it’s less whimsical and unrealistic and more.. The opposite, people think it’s a real thing that happens (I’m sure it probably has happened at some stage, but the circumstances where obviously ridiculous).

I’m not making a major, awe-inspiring statement here. What I tend to do is acknowledge a meme that is particularly nonsensical and present it without opinion so it gets both reactions; the ironic acknowledgment and the “that really happens” one.

The subject is lying in such a way that he couldn’t have slipped on the banana in the frame, anyway.

I fully intended to do a series of cartoon calamities featuring pies, anvils and so on, but (excluding the pie, which I could do) that’s not entirely feasible. I did, however, (poorly) photoshop Matt Damon into some of these scenarios which you can find in the gallery – linked above.

The name “Calamity” was chosen because of it’s cartoon-ish connotations despite its grim definition; An event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster.” The relationship between such a heavy word and a jolly medium is likely based on consonance – or it could be a meme that solely affects me. In my head it is the perfect title.

Additionally, the above links you to a “video re-enactment” of the events leading to “Calamity“. The video is a crude animation of what one might presume happened having seen the image. The standard of animation is linked to the legitimacy of the notion that the event could have actually taken place like that. (In a sense it could, but it is still unrealistic).