Wonderland Exhibition by ACMI

Anat Meiri

Head of Touring, ACMI (The Australian Centre for the Moving Image)

Australian Centre for Moving Image

ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne


BEST of the GLAMi Award 2019


Imagine a World Where Nothing is Impossible and Everything is Wondrous and Strange






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.




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