Taborska Lectures at Animator Festival

Svankmajer Something from Alice 1988 (1)

Agnieszka Taborska (Senior Lecturer, History of Art + Visual Culture) gave a paper entitled Down the Rabbit-Hole or a Voyage to the Other Side: the Alices of Švankmajer, Chabrol and Guillermo del Toro at the international conference From Starevich to Star Wars. The conference was part of the 9th International Animated Film Festival Animator in Poznan, Poland.

Alice in Wonderland has inspired numerous artists, filmmakers, and animators including Jan Švankmajer in Down to the Cellar (1983) and Something from Alice (1988), Claude Chabrol in Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) and Guillermo del Toro in Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) all draw on Lewis Carroll’s book, but also treat it as a springboard to develop their own topics. From a fascination with Prague’s gloomy everyday life, through the uncanny born out of surrealist cabinets of curiosities, to an allegory of the voyage to the Other Side and a fantasy world created by a child as a response to the horror of Spanish Civil War, John Tenniel’s Victorian little girl peeps out from each of these films.

Taborska has been interviewed about the feminist interpretation of Alice in Wonderland by Italian magazine Il Manifesto at part of the Animator conference, the article can be downloaded here

Agnieszka Taborska, Animator