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27 Feb 2015

Alice and Shapeshifting

Fragment of the text "Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain".
by David Robson found at FUTURE


Salvador Dali, 1969.


DREAMS

"Wonderland is full of shapeshifting characters, including the grotesque Duchess and her crying baby. As Alice holds it in her hands, the baby’s nose becomes more upturned; its eyes grow closer together, and it starts grunting. Before she knows it, the baby has turned into a pig. Elsewhere, Alice plays croquet with flamingos as clubs, and meets the smiling Cheshire cat, whose grin remains even as his body disappears. Dreams often contain objects morphing into new identities, and this characteristic is one of the cleverest ways that Alice’s adventures evoke the sleeping mind – along with her strange sense that time is playing tricks on her. Neuroscientists think that the phenomenon arises from the way the sleeping brain consolidates memories; as it cements the recollections, it draws links between different events to build the bigger story of our lives. When cross-referencing a memory about a pig with an event about a baby, for instance, both become merged in the dreamscape to surreal effect."


Romany Pajdak as a Flamingo in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. © Dave Morgan.

 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © Dave Morgan.


From: Christopher Wheeldon’s
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 
at THE ROYAL BALLET 

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