18 May 2021
The Guardian

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser review – a wonderful tumble down the rabbit hole

The V&A’s landmark exhibition in 2021, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser explores the cultural impact of Alice in Wonderland and its ongoing inspiration for leading creatives. 

But what really plunged me down the rabbit hole was a film by artist Mariele Neudecker revealing that Cern has a physics experiment going on that it calls Alice – A Large Ion Collider Experiment. This is a nice literary crossover, as the experiment frees quarks from their bonds – quarks being a word invented by James Joyce, whose nonsense masterpiece Finnegans Wake is a Carroll homage. From psychedelia to avant garde cuisine to quantum physics, Alice has come to symbolise how, in Slick’s words, “logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead”.