The screen history of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland will be showcased as part of Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s (ACMI) newest exhibition, Wonderland. The world premiere that is part of the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, will delve into Caroll’s three timeless stories of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. You can catch it at ACMI from Thursday 5 April until Sunday 7 October 2018.
Wonderland will explore how the stories of Alice have been reinvented in contemporary contexts, and how her journey through popular culture and screen technologies, have inspired artists, filmmakers and fans to continuously return to her story. The exhibition will feature visual technologies from the earliest optical toys to silent film, animation, puppetry, live-action cinema, videogames, CGI and 3D.
“This latest ACMI-created Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition showcases the moving image adaptations of Carroll’s seminal works through celebrating the evolution of filmmaking, from the earliest optical toys through to new technologies,” ACMI CEO & Director, Katrina Sedgwick, said.
“With Wonderland, ACMI has created an interactive exhibition where audiences explore the magic of film craft and its integral role embedding this much-loved story in our imaginations for generations.”
The exhibition starts out in Lewis Carroll’s drawing room, where visitors will be handed their own Lost Map of Wonderland, a digital device used to unlock surprise experiences along the way.
The exhibition continues through the Hallway of Doors, followed by the Queen’s Croquet Ground and, of course, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Throughout, there will be more than 300 objects, ranging from the first edition publications and illustrations, magic lantern projectors and concept drawings, to animation cels, spectacular costumes, puppets, props and more.
The creative brains behind the interactive world is a collaboration between ACMI curators, Jessica Bram and Sarah Tutton, exhibition and theatrical designer Anna Tregloan, digital creative studios Sandpit, Grumpy Sailor and Mosster Studio, sound designer Byron Scullin and composer Cornel Wilczek, and lighting designer Niklas Pajanti.
What: Wonderland exhibition
When: Thursday 5 April to Sunday 7 October 2018.
Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)