ACMI’s Wonderland exhibition is a convergence of digital and analogue celebrating the power of storytelling and the moving image, as afforded by the magical and timeless stories of Lewis Carrol -Wonderland is an exhibition which takes visitors on an immersive journey like no other.
Premiering in 2018 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Wonderland draws together a remarkable selection of behind-the-scenes material, celebrating Alice across time, cultures and media. This entirely original exhibition brings ACMI’s extensive curatorial, technological and creative expertise, together with a leading team of Australian collaborators to create an interactively engaging experience told through the evolution of special effects; from pre-cinema and silent films, to animation, puppetry, live action and CGI.
Designed and built as a series of theatrical environments integrating sound, sets, lighting and immersive technologies, Wonderland inspires exploration and curiosity. Visitors venture through enchanted Carroll inspired story-worlds; as they ‘Fall down the Rabbit hole’, explore the ‘Hallway of Doors’, or take a seat at the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ – an immersive 3D printed, 360⁰ projection mapped room. Or perhaps engage in the paper-to-digital activity in the Queens Croquet Ground or immerse themselves within the 180⁰-18-screen synchronised video artwork showcasing Alice in popular culture.
Guided by the ‘Lost Map of Wonderland’, visitors can unlock further secrets, stories and riddles.
This innovative and imaginative take on a traditional exhibition guide, the Map incorporates old-style storytelling with hidden NFC digital technology, providing visitors with a companion experience that is surprising, revealing and magical.
Winner of the 2019 Best of GLAMi Awards, Wonderland entices visitors to Fall down the rabbit hole into an enchanted world, where expectations are upended and curiosity is rewarded.