Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Wonderland

A few weeks ago we took Little Jo to see an exhibition about Alice in Wonderland at ACMI, Federation Square. It is appropriately called, Wonderland. We thought Little Jo would be interested as twice she has been cast in roles in local stage productions.

We entered into a room with many doors, some of them tiny, and gained entrance. It was a real mix of things and was interesting enough. Alice in Wonderland has been made on film many times and excerpts from some of them were being shown on screens. I must say, some of the older versions looked a little scary for young children.

The highlight was attending a tea party, for which we had as short wait. Some of the photos are quite poor, sorry.

Cheshire cat, I believe.


Lantern slides.




Waiting outside for our tea party.


I suppose we were inside at the tea party for a bit over five minutes. Everything you see in the room is plain white.


As I said, plain white, so these subsequent photos show projections onto surfaces.








I forget exactly what was done here but Little Jo decorated something and then a machine took a photo and scanned something.



Here her face popped up on the screen.



26 comments:

  1. Alice in Wonderland can be a bit scarey. The exhibition looked very different especially that tea party.

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    1. Marie, the exhibition was partly historical with some very cutting edge things as well.

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  2. Now that looks like a truly clever exhibit. I grew up on a diet of Alice in Wonderland - and the sequel Through the Looking Glass.

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    1. EC, I may have read it when I was very young and I have seen Little Jo in a production but my memory of it is hazy. I didn't know there is a sequel, although I have heard the name.

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  3. That looks like fun. Sadly, I've lost all my childhood love for Alice books since seeing the doco on Lewis Caroll aka Charles Dodgson.

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    1. Jayne, I did hear something about that but I can't remember details. One can guess.

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  4. It looks pretty good all round something for everyone, it always was a bit of a scary story.
    Merle...........

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    1. Merle, Little Jo would not watch it when she was young.

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  5. Crikey ..... Mum LOVES Alice in Wonderland. She would love to go to that exhibition. she might have to fly to Melbourne with the Grandkids in tow. She made them watch the Johnny Depp version when they were very little. They loved it but one of them did have nightmares afterwards.

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    1. Charlie, I did not know Depp was in one of the many remakes. Set your Mum's broomstick's GPS for her to Federation Square.

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  6. That's very clever with the tea party reflections. I like the costumes in the last photo.

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    1. River, the tea party calculations must have been done with a laser, so precise they were. There was a bit of a lack of information about the costumes. They may have just been in storage somewhere with their history lost.

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  7. It looks like an exhibition that the kids would love to see. The costumes are nice.
    I think most of the traditional kid's stories are actually scary...or maybe I'm just easily frightened!

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    1. Sami, yes many of them are scary. Big bad wolves. Witches. Hansel and Gretel. A long list.

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    1. It was fun Lady J, and the price was reasonable.

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  9. I have always stayed faithful to John Tenniel's imagery, and refuse to accept anything else. Yes, I'm an old curmudgeon.

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    1. I have just checked and I see what you mean. I'd be surprised if there wasn't some of his work in the exhibition.

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  10. That is something different..lot's of fun and there are some clever people about.

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    1. Margaret, there were certainly a lot of children there who seemed really interested.

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  11. What fun Andrew, love the idea of the projections onto the white crockery, very clever! Aimee and I will be off to see Frozen on ice in a couple of weeks with my sweet great nephew and niece, they are doing well all things considered .

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    1. Grace, good to hear they are doing well. Frozen should be fun, though do not search Youtube for parodies of the song Let it Go.

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  12. Wonderful! I think anything based around "Alice in Wonderland" is wonderful...it can't help being so. :)

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    1. Lee, had I known a bit more about 'Alice' I would have gotten more from the exhibition, but then it wasn't about me.

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  13. Johnny Depp was in both films as the Mad Hatter and absolutely crackers but I hated his version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
    I vaguely recall Miss O'Dyne and I watching the first film, lolling about in Gold class nearly as crackers as Johnny after the 2nd gin.

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    1. Haha Jah Teh. You and Miss O'Dyne were bad for each other. Just as well she went bush.

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