Jett Jackson: Stuck in Wonderland
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Animator Jennifer Linton want to make a film about Alice in contemporary Toronto using stop motion techniques. Her Indiegogo campaign has be a huge success having already reached its goal, but its not too late to get in on the perks and contribute to what looks like a beautiful modern retelling. Visit her Indiegogo page for all the details.
My acrophobia notwithstanding, this is a very cool photograph, well deserving of its win in the Clique Challenge in Sydney. Read the full story.
The winner: Buildings and Monuments Challenge, Rodney Campbell, Queen Victoria Building titled Down the Rabbit Hole. Photo: Rodney Campbell
Oh to be in Brighton next month. Probably of more interest to our compatriots across the pond, this sounds wonderful. I hope at some point there will be a DVD available. From their page: “It features a cast of just two human performers, a dozen colourful handmade puppets and a beautiful set that unfolds from a vintage trunk, alongside a magical soundtrack of original music composed especially for the show. From the surprising appearance of the Cheshire Cat to the madness of the Tea Party, this is a constantly inventive and refreshing take on Carroll’s classic work.” Click me for full details.
I’ve just learned about a new interactive eBook app version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This one comes from award-winning designer Emmanuel Paletz. This version draw images from Flemish and Dutch Renaissance paintings to give the eBook a uniquely textured and “classical” look. It’s like a mash-up of Lewis Carroll and an elegant art history class. Add a lot of nifty-looking interactions, and you have a creation that should be entertaining for children and adults alike.
To read all about the app, click me. The app’s website itself is visually delightful, and well worth a look. Mr. Paletz talks about Lewis Carroll’s appreciation of art, and how images like Quentin Matsys’s famous painting “The Ugly Duchess,” referenced by Tenniel in his illustration. became a touchstone for his whole project. The entire eBook took Paletz about four years to create– a labor of love. His Q&A section also talks about subtle political/social commentary that he has added here and there, as well–but nothing too overt to spoil the fun of Carroll’s story. And that’s a good thing, because as the author himself was quick to point out, in this book he wanted to entertain, not moralize.
The iPad app costs $4.99 and is available now on iTunes. An Andoid tablet version (also $4.99) and versions for iPhone and Android smartphones ($2.99) will be available in the near future.
Here’s a promotional video for the eBook. (If it doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page in your web browser.)
It should come as no surprise that the latest in Disney’s Johnny Depp-fueled Alice films is not based on Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass. The director speaks.
Will you, won’t you, will you, won’t you, won’t you join the dance?
London’s Royal Ballet will remount their acclaimed production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland during the 2014 holiday season. And in a clever cross-marketing move, the Ballet has also invited popular hip hop dance company ZooNation to present their own “hip” (and “hop,” presumably) version of the tale, The Mad Hatter’s T Party, in their smaller theatre downstairs at the same time. Twice the Carrollian fun for theatre and dance (and Alice) fans!
For more information, click me.
USC Libraries Wonderland Award 2011
If you’re in the vicinity of USC’s Doheny Memorial Library, you may want to know that at 8pm (local time) on Thursday, April 17th, they are holding a multimedia event celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the annual Wonderland Award that LCSNA members George and Linda Cassady so kindly sponsor. The library is also home to the Cassady Lewis Carroll Collection, which is cause for celebration any day.
Click me for a description of the event.
Click me to visit the award’s Facebook page.
And click me to view a teaser of the upcoming multimedia event.
Here’s another item from one of our mimsiest minions:
“Twenty-first-century Symbolist” Gail Potocki’s exhibition of her Carrollian paintings, Fragmented Alice, took place at the Century Guild Gallery in Los Angeles last fall. You can read an interview about it here or buy the associated perfumes here. Some of these paintings are also in the catalog Century Guild Book One, available here.
As a part of its annual fundraising gala for literary and arts programs in Providence, RI, the Providence Public Library has been transformed into Wonderland. Gala is Friday April 11 at 7pm, don’t be late! To get tickets click me!
This just in from one of our Mimsy Minions. If you like crowdfunding (like I do) and you like games (like I do) and you like Alice & all things steampunk (like I do), then you’ll love this! Still four days to go if you want to be a backer. They’ve reached their goal so the game is on! To visit the Indiegogo site for this game click me!