Enter Wonder.land

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enter wonder.land digital installation

Damon Albarn and Rufus Norris's musical version of 'Alice in Wonderland', wonder.land, is accompanied by this exhibition of digital experiences which is designed to immerse its audience in weird and wonderful worlds. Experience a virtual reality music video with a 360° landscape of pulsating garden, play with a physically reactive Kinect version of the wonderland and meet an Augmented Reality magic mirror wall.

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Staff Writer

Having not seen the musical yet, I wasn't sure what to expect but it's pretty quirky and a very odd take on the classic story. There's a lot of cameras that swap your face with the Cheshire Cat and the interactive mushroom musical piece is pretty entertaining. There's also a part where you can adjust the light and colour of a scaled down stage set, which will appeal to the artsy types.


The best part for sure is the virtual reality feature, while sat in a slime covered bathroom on a toilet seat. It's very trippy and the Cheshire Cat moves behind you a lot while he's singing so be careful not to swing round and fall off.


Would be interesting to see the musical to get a bit more context for some bits but it is really well done and definitely worth a visit. 

Tastemaker

If you’ve seen the musical beforehand, this is the perfect finishing touch to your evening – cherry on the cake they say.

By getting involved with the interactive displays, you’ll get to experience first hand the world the characters you just saw lived in, instead of simply leaving it behind when the curtain dropped. You’ll be able to play videos games, slap musical teapots to make a symphony and be immerse in a full VR world…Very cool indeed.


The exhibition is very small and completely linked to the musical, so if you don’t know anything about wonder.land you might not think it’s worth your time… You’ve been warned.

Tastemaker

The experience is just allocated to one floor of the national theatre so it's not huge but definitely worth the visit. Why not book a play while you're there, As You Like It - a modern version of Shakespeare's tale was hilarious.

The virtual reality headsets are conveniently located in a slimy 'girls toilets' making the view just as entertaining for spectators. I've tried the virtual reality sets at the Hayward Gallery before but this was so much better! A creepy 360 degree view of Alice's wonderland with a personal rendition from the Cheshire Cat.