Into a wonderland


[Vanessa K. (’20)/The Blue & Gold]

Walking into the Alice in Wonderland touring exhibition, was like being transported into a completely different world. Showcasing multimedia installations from more than 20 designers, the exhibition truly brought the classic scenes from the children’s book “Alice in Wonderland” to life. 
Lasting from July 5 to Sept. 25, in Songshan Cultural Park, the exhibition follows the plotline of the original children’s book by separating key events and symbols into zones such as Rabbit Hole, Wonderland, Looking Glass, Pool of Tears, Mad Tea Party, Chessboard Theatre and others.
In the original “Alice in Wonderland”, Alice’s body is enlarged in a house after taking a magic potion. Her limbs reach out of the windows and doors with no way out. She cries in panic and as she weeps, her tears fill up the room 9 ft high, and she is then forced to swim through it. Replicating this scene, the room of tears features projections of shimmering blue water and bottles of potion. This was easily the most popular zone in the exhibition due to its aesthetics and sense of familiarity.
Despite the stunning visual effects which strayed between reality and fantasy, the exhibit was too crowded. The crowd made it difficult to take photos and take time in each zone. A staff member with an impatient look was stationed in front of each exhibition zone to ensure that each person or group of people only took three minutes in each zone. The exhibit was also smaller than I anticipated and the majority of the time was spent lining up to go into exhibits. 
Even though the Alice in Wonderland touring exhibition had its downsides, it was interactive, fun and evoked nostalgic images of childhood unlike any other.