I have written a final paper for my surrealism subject on Alice, Jan Švankmajer’s 1988 film based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. It is a purely surreal film, blending animation and filmed reality to put the spectator on a plane where both exist as one. It is an expression of a space where the marvellous abounds, where anything might happen and, as it occurs in a space of reality, it would seem entirely imaginable.
After spending a morning on the essay, the other day I walked to the library to borrow out the novel. On the way home I passed a T2 store, and in the window were some printed boards featuring excerpts from the text and illustrations of its content. This invented tale is saturating my reality- a surreal experience? I certainly feel as though a white rabbit could appear in my room right now, exclaim ‘I’m late’, and I would think nothing of it. It has truly made me recognise a changed reality, as Wendy Everett says of the surrealist text, one where this perception of the marvellous situates our mind in a space where we would let anything happen.