Alice Around the World: Political Geography of Creative Content Mobility
Free Public Lecture
Forum Theatre, 153 North Wing
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Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, first published in 1865, is one the most popular novels in the world. For more than 150 years, it has never been out of print and went viral on screen across cultural, linguistic, political and economic geographies. This public event will combine an enjoyable screening time and a round-table discussion that will explore soft power of Alice in Wonderland.
The first part of the event will feature five short film episodes of different versions of Alice in Wonderland produced in the UK, USA, China, Japan and France. This screening exposition, curated by Eliza Coyle, will showcase illuminating and fascinating stories about how Alice was appropriated, adopted, transformed and modified across national and even local cultural contexts.
In the second part, the round-table conversation will evolve around the masterpiece exhibition Wonderland, designed by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in 2017. Breaking visitation records in Melbourne in 2018, this mega-popular exhibition has just started its global tour from Singapore, where it will be hosted by ArtScience Museum until September 2019. ACMI Curator Jessica Bram will share exciting ‘behind the scenes’ details about the design of the exhibition that contains objects collected from around the world. Chris Harris, ACMI Head of Exhibition and Touring, will further lead the discussion focusing on the institutional priorities and opportunities in developing the international tour of Wonderland to major global museums.
Finally, Dr Natalia Grincheva, Research Fellow in the Research Unit of Public Cultures at the University of Melbourne, and her research team of ACMI X Interns will share the results of the project that aimed to advance the dynamic web application ACMI Soft Power Map. Launched in October 2018, this app offered multilayered exploration of ACMI cultural resources and social outputs to reveal social-demographic, cultural and economic factors that affect the museum’s capacity to attract larger visitation and revenue in different geographic locales. One of these mapping layers measures soft power of previous ACMI blockbusters, such as Dreamworks Animation and Game Masters, in 16 cities around the world. During the round-table the team will introduce a new layer of this mapping app that will not only measure, but also predict soft power of the traveling exhibition “Wonderland” in different (potential) hosting cities across continents.
This event is a part of the 2019 Screening Ideas series, curated by Duncan Caillard, Cristobal Escobar and Corey Cribb.
Image courtesy of ACMI and Victoria Software.