These Structurally Absurd Homes Look Straight Out of Harry Potter


If you're a Potter fan who would've liked to see more impossible, Burrow-like homes in the movies, then you'll love the fantasy world of German designer Matthias Jung, whose surreal houses look like they ought to be kept hidden from our Muggle eyes. » 3/21/15 1:33pm 3/21/15 1:33pm

The Weird Artist Who Combines Surrealism And Retrofuturism

These images by Russia-born, New York-educated artist Dasha Shishkin are just endlessly fascinating. They're cartoony in their simple, stark lines, but also surreal and reminiscent of 1960s futurism. Here's a detail from a new picture called "analyte detection via protein nano spores." » 10/30/14 2:40pm 10/30/14 2:40pm

This brilliant video essay looks at Inception and the Narrative Illusion

Christopher Nolan's Inception is a delightfully surreal look at merging the worlds of dream and reality - but this video essay from Brows Held High takes a deep dive into Nolan's surrealist influences as well as Inception's flirtation with the greatest filmmaking illusion of all: the Narrative. » 10/24/14 5:58pm 10/24/14 5:58pm

I Can't Stop Staring At These Bizarre Gifs Of Vintage Photos

There's something comical and quaint about vintage black-and-white photos from 100 years ago. Until, that is, they come to life and start acting like a dream (or a horrendous nightmare.) Artist Kevin J. Weir turns old visions of the world into strange, surreal animations. » 9/15/14 3:00pm 9/15/14 3:00pm

Salvador Dalí's Sensuous Cookbook Is As Nightmarish As You'd Imagine

You'll never look at food quite the same way after peeking inside the pages of Salvador Dalí's Les Diners de Gala, the cookbook the surrealist wrote and illustrated. Let's just say that food porn takes on an entirely different meaning when Dalí is the one crafting the dishes. » 4/29/14 3:40pm 4/29/14 3:40pm

The Town that was Shaped Like an Octopus

The underwater city always dreaded the approach of Octopolis. Its rocky tentacles would block the roadways, usually during rush hour. A surreal landscape by Heri Irawan. » 8/25/13 6:15pm 8/25/13 6:15pm

This surrealist film treats urban landscapes like a Rubik's Cube

Prepare to visit a strange new world in which cityscapes can be spun around like the layers of a Rubik's cube — and where the laws of physics no longer apply. » 7/29/13 2:40pm 7/29/13 2:40pm

Insanely detailed paintings of kaiju fighting in historical battles…

The line-drawn and watercolor illustrations created by Mu Pan demand careful study. The Brooklyn-based artist blends history, pop culture, and folk art into astonishingly detailed scenes that are grand when drunk in all at once, but contain little surprises on closer inspection. » 2/03/13 7:00am 2/03/13 7:00am

Watch a trippy, alien-filled animation by the director of Yellow…

After finishing his work on the Beatles' Yellow Submarine, director and animator George Dunning made a surreal science fiction short, 1970's Moon Rock. Turn on this 10-minute cartoon in which an astronaut encounters the strange creatures of a bizarre alien world, and let yourself get swept up in its peculiar… » 1/06/13 10:30am 1/06/13 10:30am

Surreal Illustrations for Fairy Tales that Don't Exist Yet

Mike Davis blends surrealism, religious iconography, Dutch portraiture, and a touch of fairy tale magic to create narrative paintings that seem to tell fantastical stories while stretching beyond the confines of a simple "Once upon a time." » 12/23/12 9:30am 12/23/12 9:30am

How did we fake photos before Photoshop?

Long before the invention of Photoshop, artists were creating trippy and groovy fake images — and a new exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art shows how. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop" opens at the Museum on Oct. 11, and the New York Daily News has a collection of some of the most surreal… » 9/12/12 11:40am 9/12/12 11:40am

Batman gets a Surrealist makeover as Salvador Dali's monstrous Sleep

Salvador Dalí's painting Sleep depicted a disembodied, slumbering head held aloft by crutches. In Mike Capp's pop cultural spoof of the painting, Sleep Batman, Batman fills the head's role, snoozing without any thought to the fragile props that might collapse below him. » 7/29/12 8:30am 7/29/12 8:30am

This intrepid spaceman has gone to some seriously strange places

Start your week with a healthy dose of otherwordly weirdness, courtesy of surrealist illustrator Tom Colbie — because nothing cures a case of the Mondays like a sword-wielding centaur in a space suit. » 7/23/12 3:00pm 7/23/12 3:00pm

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Staggering Photos that Combine Self-Portraiture with Surrealism

These photographs by Chicago-based photographer Kyle Thompson are hands down some of the most stunning self-portraits we've ever seen. » 6/28/12 5:00pm 6/28/12 5:00pm

Bite tattooed Bender's shiny ink-covered ass

After being convicted for grand theft everything and leaving his cushy (if potentially deadly) job at Planet Express, Bender decides to cover every inch of his chassis with tattoos. All that ink pays tribute both to Bender's robotic roots and his package delivery adventures. » 6/03/12 7:00am 6/03/12 7:00am

What did Salvador Dalí's Alice in Wonderland look like?

In 1969, the Random House Book of the Month Club gave readers the opportunity to purchase a copy of Lewis Caroll's Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by surrealist painter Salvador Dalí. And yes, the Mad Hatter's tea party does include a picture of a melted clock. » 11/20/11 7:05am 11/20/11 7:05am

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Attack of the Giant Snails! French animated film is like Kaiju by way…

You've already marveled at Fantastic Planet, the demented 1973 French film about giant blue people holding tiny humans hostage. But have you seen Les Escargots, the 1965 giant snail movie by the same creator? » 3/02/11 5:30pm 3/02/11 5:30pm

The cybernetic zoology of Vladimir Kush

Do you want to see an elephant with a tuba for a head? Of course you do. In the following paintings, Vladimir Kush takes combines wildlife with bric-a-brac. And look at that antelope's lyre-horns! [Vladimir Kush via Sentient Developments]
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Grant Morrison drops hints about his new Western indie flick, Sinatoro

Did you know All-Star Superman scribe Grant Morrison has written a psychedelic Western inspired in part by Red Dead Redemption? Well, now you do! io9 spoke to Morrison and director Adam Egypt Mortimer about their upcoming film, entitled Sinatoro. » 7/28/10 5:20pm 7/28/10 5:20pm

Why Are All These Happy Tourists Drowning?

Why are all these vacationers at the bottom of a swimming pool? Are we looking at a holidaying civilization of merpeople? Is this a shot from the newest Clark Griswold flick? What the heck is going on here? » 5/03/10 6:20am 5/03/10 6:20am