︎︎︎ Three Parties in Wonderland ︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎︎

Year: 2021
Location: London, Paris, Lisbon.
Status: Ongoing Research.



Three Parties in Wonderland is a series of installations in London, Paris, and Lisbon, in the context of Movement Forum 2021.





“And here I wish I could tell you half the things Alice used to say, beginning with her favorite phrase, 'Let's pretend.'. [...] 'Let's pretend we're kings and queens;' [...] you can be one of them, then, and I'll be all the rest.'”

    Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

Based on three passages of the novels Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll, we designed three stages for the Movement Forum Labs. Three Parties in Wonderland explores how spatial design and the temporary transformation of public space for 'the party' as a mechanism for social encounters can provide insight into the three themes of the 2021 Movement Forum: London Lab. Power and Gender; Paris Lab. Wildness and Queer Counter-Publics; Lisbon Lab. Topographies of the body and landscape. The work was developed together with Theatrum Mundi across three labs that addressed different issues on design and urban mobilities as part of the 2021 Future Architecture European Programme under the theme "Landscapes of Care."




"Through the looking glass", "The wood where things have no name," and "The right size?" together form Three Parties in Wonderland, an alternative narrative in three acts; a continuous design-based exploration of the ways in which self-managed celebrations can entail an opportunity for resistance to the existing rules and established power dynamics that permit/restrict different mobilities in the city.




"I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then." Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There



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Photos London: à la sauvette, Fani Kostorou
Photos Paris: à la sauvette
Photos Lisbon: Rebecca Faulkner, John Bingham-Hall

Pablo Castillo, Ernesto Ibáñez, Héctor Suárez. 2021.
Collaborators and acknowledgements: John Bingham-Hall, Fani Kostourou, Elahe Karimnia, Fem_arc, Rebecca Faulkner, Sara Wookey, Habibitch, Rosario Talevi, Takako Hasegawa, Rafael Alvarez



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