21 de jan. de 2022

Alice sob a noite estrelada

"Alice é aquela que viaja nos livros, sonha acordada e se encanta com cada nova aventura. Ela fica deslumbrada com os galhos tortuosos da árvore e o movimento do céu de Van Gogh ao fundo."

 Maria Luisa Ramirez Soares 


                                      Ação Poética “Cápsula Espacial”. Foto da @mainassantos.

                                           Tattoo feita por Lucas Takahaschi Ambulante Tattoo

19 de dez. de 2021

Curiouser and Curiouser: "Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain"

 Read the orignal article:

"Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain"  David Robson, BBC Future

Leia a tradução do artigo para o português:

Cinco coisas que Alice no País das Maravilhas revela sobre o cérebro ... - Veja mais em

 "Cinco coisas que Alice no País das Maravilhas revela sobre o cérebro".

Collage by Adriana Peliano after John Tenniel

"The White Queen and mental time travel

t's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,” the Queen remarked.

“What sort of things do YOU remember best?” Alice ventured to ask.

“Oh, things that happened the week after next,” the Queen replied in a careless tone.

Later on in her journey, Alice has lengthy discussions with the White Queen. She is one of Carroll’s most baffling creations, claiming to have a strange form of foresight. In fact, her comments on memory are themselves surprisingly prescient. “Since the mid-2000s neuroscientists started to realise that memory is not really about the past, it’s about helping you act appropriately in the future,” says Eleanor Maguire at University College London, who often uses the White Queen to illustrate the idea. “You need to project yourself forward to work out the best course of action.”

One possibility is that we imagine the future by pulling apart our recollections and then piecing them together in a montage that might represent a new scenario. In this way, memory and foresight use the same “mental time travel” in the the same areas of the brain. Maguire, for instance, has studied people with damage to their hippocampus; the injury means that they can’t remember their past, but she has found that they also struggle with forward thinking. “We asked them to imagine meeting a friend next weekend – and they just couldn’t do it.” The same was true when they were asked to imagine a future visit to the seaside. “They knew there would be sand and sea but couldn’t visualise it in the mind’s eye.” In other words, unlike the White Queen, they are stuck forever in the eternal present.


Collage by Adriana Peliano after John Tenniel

Can you think impossible thoughts?

“There's no use trying,” Alice said: “one CAN'T believe impossible things.”

“I daresay you haven't had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

Continuing her exploration of human imagination, the Queen extolls the virtues of thinking about the impossible. The passage speaks to Gopnik, who first read Alice when she was three years old and now spends her career studying how we build our imaginations.

She has found, for instance, that children who play pretend and practice “believing the impossible” tend to develop more advanced cognition. They are better at understanding hypothetical thinking, for instance, and they tend to develop a more advanced “theory of mind”, giving them more astute understanding of other people’s motives and intentions. “A lot of what they do in pretend play is take a hypothesis and follow it out to the logical conclusion,” says Gopnik. “What’s interesting is that Carroll was also a magician and you can see that same ability to take a premise and to take it out to a crazy conclusion.”

Alice’s adventures are full of surreal encounters that could help anyone exercise these skills. Travis Proulx at Tilburg University in the Netherlands has examined the way that surreal and absurdist literature, like Carroll’s, influences our cognition. He has found that by violating our expectations in a strange, alien world, fantastical stories pushes our brains to be more flexible, making us more creative, and quicker to learn new ideas. So if you are in a rut and feel like stretching your mind, you may find no better solution than an evening with Alice. “I have no doubt it stimulates these mental states that enhance learning and motivate us to make new connections,” says Proulx." 

source of the collages


"Em sua jornada, Alice trava longas discussões com a Rainha Branca. Ela é uma das criações mais desconcertantes de Carroll, uma personagem que assegura ter uma estranha capacidade de vidência. Na verdade, seus comentários sobre a memória são surpreendentemente visionários. "Desde meados dos anos 2000, os neurocientistas começaram a perceber que a memória não tem só a ver com o passado, mas também ajuda a agir de forma apropriada no futuro", diz Eleanor Maguire, da University College London (UCL), no Reino Unido, que costuma citar a Rainha Branca para ilustrar o conceito.... - Veja mais em" "Continuando sua exploração da imaginação humana, a Rainha exalta as virtudes de pensar no impossível. Esta passagem remete a Alison Gopnik, da Universidade da Califórnia, que leu a obra de Carroll pela primeira vez quando tinha três anos e agora se dedica a estudar como construímos a imaginação. A especialista descobriu, por exemplo, que crianças que brincam de faz de conta e praticam "acreditar no impossível" tendem a desenvolver uma cognição mais avançada. Entre outras coisas, elas entendem melhor o pensamento hipotético e também as motivações e intenções dos outros.... - Veja mais em"

13 de nov. de 2021

Alice dos Anjos encontra o Pajé Tupinambá

"O longa metragem Alice dos Anjos é uma releitura do clássico Alice no pais das maravilhas de Lewis Carrol, mas com elementos nordestinos. Temos aqui uma pequena heroína, Alice, uma menina negra do sertão nordestino que, ao ver um Bode Preto apressado, usando terno e gravata, fica muito curiosa e resolve ir atrás dele, afinal, nunca viu um Bode daqueles. Ela se depara, então, com um universo mágico, com uma Rainha do Gangaço, um Sanfoneiro Maluco, um Tatu Peba, os Gêmeos do Repente, e muitos outros personagens que estão em pé de guerra contra um perigoso coronel. Com direção de @danielleitealmeida, o projeto foi selecionado no Edital da Secretaria do Audiovisual e do Ministério da Cultura de Filme B.O. Infanto Juvenil de 2016 e será produzido pela @ato3producoes , com previsão de filmagens em Julho e Agosto de 2019 na cidade de Vitoria da Conquista."


 07/12/2001 às 23h30 no Canal Brasil


 "Durante a tarde foi gravado a sequência do encontro da Alice com o Pajé Tupinambá, sendo o final com uma cena com uma música."

 Fonte: @alicedosanjosofilme

12 de nov. de 2021

Alice by Benjamin Lacombe amazing news


special edition


My own text from 2016:

Alice au pays des merveilles Illustrated by Benjamin Lacombe 

Soleil, 2015 / ISBN: 978-2302048478 

Adriana Peliano 


 “How she longed to get out of that dark hall, and wander about among those beds of bright flowers and those cool fountains, but she could not even get her head through the doorway…” Among the beds of bright flowers and cool fountains of my Alice library garden, this edition illustrated by the French artist Benjamin Lacombe and published in Spanish by Edelvives (Alicia en el País de las Maravillas, 2016, ISBN: 978-8414002162) is one of the coolest doorways. Its main door, the cover, already pulsates with golden sparkles breathing and wishpering: “Touch me, open me, come on an adventure with me, dance in my pages.” Instead of the classical golden Alice holding a pig-baby from the red Macmillan cover, this azure cover depicts a mysterious Alice hugging a rabbit and looking at us with enigmas to be solved. It is a call for new adventures in Carroll’s golden “interminable fairy-tale.” 

In our journey as readers, we can experience a precious combination of papers and textures, graphic interventions, words and pictures in conversations, and plenty of sur-prizes! Texts play on the pages in different sizes and movements, marking new paths for the traveler. Pictures adventure in many tracks, while black-and-red ink drawings dance among the words, playing with Alice’s choreographies of falls and transformations, lips and red shoes. Presenting the key encounters of Alice with the bizarre Wonderland creatures are amazing paintings, mixing layers of gouache and oil, mysterious alicinations emerging. In the elaborate nightmarish palette of the pictures, the blur effect in the borders is also a beautiful and subtle presence. It bring us into a dreamy and ambiguous state, also simulating a photographic lens where focus plays with depth and brings us in close to the scenes, as if lucid voyeurs traveling into someone else’s dream. 

 The story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell in the introduction—many of his letters are present in this edition—calls attention to the universe of affection and longing, which becomes a thread along the labyrinths within. Alice has already participated in other of Lacombe’s adventurous books, installations, and exhibitions, traveling along fairy-tales, magic spells, mythological creatures, and dreamy landscapes, such as in his Etrange bestiaire (Albin Michel, 2015) and pop-up Cuentos-Silenciosos (Edelvives, 2010). His alicedelic dreams invite us to a garden that is open as a temenos, which often resembles a symmetrical rose garden with a fountain in the middle. According to Carl Gustav Jung, it is a magical circle where an encounter with the unconscious can be had, and psychic content brought into the light of consciousness. It flowerishes in a place where our imagination and creativity can play with symbols, archetypes, and arcane games, adults becoming children becoming adults. 

Like dreams inside dreams, we face here the Tennielesque tread converted into a rhizome, where memory plays among the pictures like cards flowing into the air, mixing references to art history and contemporary Alice phantasmagorias. Arthur Rackham nightmares meet Tim Burtonesque Underland and the nymphets of Balthus, while Pop Surrealist sweet girls with huge eyes and dark overtones are able to dare journeys into shadows and subtle eroticism. Pictures play with the text, as well with our memories and longings. Alice’s body challenges the boundaries of the book, unfolding in space and imagination, while she grows as tall as the largest telescope ever seen and later expands at the maximum, daring the constraints of the Rabbit’s house. So the book unfolds gracefully to give flow to Alice’s extremes, overflowing the boundaries of the book and inviting us to think outside the proverbial box. Cards flow, unfolding the pages and layers of dreams into the dream that life is."

Published at Knight Letter

6 de nov. de 2021

“I never was so small as this before, never!”


"The Tiny Alice Project has produced one of the world’s smallest books: a tiny reproduction of Lewis Carroll’s children’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). All 78 pages and 26,764 words of the story have been transposed on to a tiny silicon chip, with each page just the width of a human hair (60 microns). Each individual letter is just two microns high, and made from pure gold!"


"Electron-beam Lithography: Printing in Minuscule Scale Our minuscule book is the smallest reproduction of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in the world. Alice would rightly exclaim, “I never was so small as this before, never!” But how small is small and how can such a minute size be achieved? Read on to find out about tiny units of measurement, and about the cutting edge of nanotechnology: electron-beam lithography."


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22 de set. de 2021

Ciclo Festa de Desaniversário


                                          Ilustração (c)Beatriz Bagulho a partir de ilustração original de Sir John Tenniel


"A programação da Fábrica das Artes do CCB (Portugal), centrada nas artes performativas e na pesquisa sobre os caminhos das suas transversalidades com outras áreas do conhecimento, tem dois eixos principais – espetáculos e oficinas – e segmenta-se em espaços de encontro e de mediação que visam a aproximação dos públicos, criando condições favoráveis à receção da obra de arte. Dirige-se a públicos diversos, a miúdos e a graúdos, a escolas e a famílias, a profissionais que cruzam o espaço de encontro entre a Arte e a Educação e o público em geral. O impulso dado à criação artística é um dos nossos elementos identitários. Os artistas, a programadora e a equipa da Fábrica das Artes mobilizam referências artísticas, culturais e educativas para, em conjunto, refletirem sobre a criação e a sua receção por estes públicos." 


"Festa de Desaniversário toma os clássicos de Lewis Carroll, Alice no País das Maravilhas e Alice do Outro Lado do Espelho, para cruzar a criação artística para Toda as Infâncias com a filosofia e, através deles, trazer para o jogo criativo as problemáticas contemporâneas que daí emergem. Num mundo impossível de levar a sério, a imaginação oferece-se como ponto de
fuga ao confinamento; entre jogos de linguagem que consagram o absurdo e a formulação de perguntas verdadeiras que se repetem sempre; na alucinação do conhecimento e nas qualidades múltiplas do tempo, viajamos nelas; nas fronteiras do real, do estrangeiro e do político…"

"Como parte da programação digital do ciclo Festa de Desaniversário, a Fábrica das Artes do CCB apresenta quatro entrevistas, em seis partes, com pensadores de vários campos do conhecimento que se relacionam com as obras de Lewis Carroll."


Alguns vídeos que integram a programação:

 Indagações de Alice – Entrevista a Walter Omar Kohan – Parte 1 | Tempo 



 Indagações de Alice – Entrevista a Yasser Omar 



Indagações de Alice – Entrevista a Margarida Vale de Gato 



Indagações de Alice – Entrevista a Vasco Jesus 

18 de set. de 2021

Jabberwocky pen

 SB1 ballpoint in Jabberwocky tree

" A gunmetal and platinum plated ballpoint in Japanese Plane from the Pocock tree at Christ Church College, Oxford, England. Also know as the Jabberwocky tree, it is said that this tree was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's poem."





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