Alice was getting tired, sitting by her sister on the bank with nothing to do. When she looked up, a white rabbit came into her view. The rabbit was running in a hurry. Pulling a watch out of its waistcoat-pocket, it said to itself, “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!” The thought flashed across her mind that she had never seen such a rabbit. With great curiosity, she ran across the field after it. Fortunately she was just in time to see the rabbit pop down a large rabbit hole under the hedge and she quickly followed it into the hole. And this is how Alice’s adventure in the Wonderland begins and so does exhibitition. Alice: Into The Rabbit Hole exhibition features both of Lewis Carroll’s fantasy novels, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass”. With the touch of media art on display, the exhibition leads you down into the rabbit hole.
1. Starting from the Book
“Alice in Wonderland” is a fantasy novel written by English mathematician Lewis Carroll. As you may be quite familiar with the plot, it is about a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a Wonderland and meeting peculiar creatures throughout her adventure. While “Alice in Wonderland” covers the world of cards, “Through the Looking Glass”, which is the next series of the Alice books, depicts the world of mirrors and chess. To this day, the series is not only popular among children but also with adults, and has been adapted in various fields including movies, television dramas and musicals.
Every situation Alice encounters seems confusing and unpredictable. The rules sound contradictory and the world looks disorganized. However, it is how things work here, so get ready to be part of Alice’s adventure! The exhibition brings back our childhood memories. Remember turning over the pages in excitement as we imagined the scenes in our mind. From the moment you pass the entrance, the time in reality stops for a while and you are taken to the place where your imagination takes shape with the help of media art. There are plenty of impressive features that will make you curious! Composed of eye-catching displays, you will find yourself immersed in experiencing and taking pictures of the Wonderland.
2. Look around the Exhibition
Before embarking on a journey, Underland is a place you should first stop by. You will find a magical forest decorated with colorful plants and its background screen color changes accordingly.
Section2: Rabbit Hole
When you enter the room, you are surrounded by four walls flashing with colorful patterns. What a fancy rabbit hole to begin with! Without knowing, you will be rushing toward the end of the rabbit hole, ready to land in the Wonderland.
Section3: Welcome to the Wonderland
Wonderland will welcome you with various displays of media art, interactive experience zones and decorative installations.
In the center of the Wonderland, there is a square where tall mushrooms, framed illustrations of the Alice series and teacups moving along the conveyor belt are placed. On one side, you can also spot a “Happy Unbirthday” sign. It does not matter if today is not your birthday. Type in your birth date and check out your special message!
Everything in the mirror looks symmetrically the opposite. This intrinsic characteristic is the principal motif and an important rule in the book. You can see yourself reflected in a distorted image when standing in front of the looking glass.
-Pool of Tears
Every time Alice eats or drinks in Wonderland, or even fan herself, her size changes erratically. The pool was made when Alice dropped her tears when she got extremely big.
“If this is real, then the whole world is a game of chess on a massive scale.” You cannot miss the part where Alice takes part in the game of chess with the Red Queen.
Because jabberwocky appears so frequently in the book, it is hard to even keep track of it. Jabberwocky, which is a play on words, is a term made up by Lewis Carroll himself and it got listed in the English dictionary.
- Alice’s Room
Alice’s room is transformed in a contemporary point of view by various artists. Take a chance to peep into Alice’s room, also recommended as the best place to take pictures.
“Wake up, Alice!” said her sister; “Why, what a long sleep you've had!” “Oh, I've had such a peculiar dream!” said Alice and told her sister all the strange adventures she had. When she finished, her sister replied, “It was indeed a curious dream, but now run in to your tea. It’s getting late.” So Alice ran off, thinking what a wonderful dream it had been. Virginia Woolf commented that “The Alice books are not ‘books for children.’ They are the only books in which we become children.” Citing her comment, can’t we also say that the exhibition is not only for children but the only exhibition in which we become children?
Time: 10:00~19:00 (Last entry 18:00) / Closed on every Monday / An hour extended on Saturday
Location: The Seouliteum
Price: Adults 13,000 won / Students 11,000 won
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