Alice in Wonderland Syndrome 6th Apr 2009
Occasionally, usually on Sunday afternoons, I like to indulge my inner hypochondriac and spend a few hours Googling bizarre symptoms and illnesses which I may potentially, at some point in my life, suffer from. It's not the most productive of hobbies, but it intrigues me. Imagine my utter delight when I happened upon a new ailment for my bizarre illness portfolio called "Alice in Wonderland Syndrome"! Has there ever been a more charming disease to suffer from?
Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is a disorientating neurological condition which affects perception. Sufferers experience Micropsia (things appearing smaller than they actually are) or Macropsia (can you guess?!). There's not much science behind the whole thing, but it seems it is a childhood disease, which sufferers tend to grow out of in their teens.
Of course there is a darker side to this fairytale-like condition, scary stuff involving migraine, brain tumours and psychoactive drug use, but in true happy ending style, I'm going to gloss over that and just relish in the delight of the enchantment of it all!
I watched a few clips of Alice in Wonderland sufferers retailing their experiences on YouTube - have a look for yourself here. It got me to thinking about scale, our perceptions of it, how altering the scale of an object changes our emotive reactions and perceived value of it. Deep huh? Some examples:
Nicola Malkin's super sized jewellery - no longer a fashion accessory, now sculpture? Interior Design? Art? I love her gargantuan charm bracelets and strings of pearls.
Slinkachu's Little People - little hand painted people, left in London to fend for themselves. Spellbinding, but in a really bizarre way!
Mike Hunter takes photos using the Tilt Shift Photography technique - essentially miniature faking. His clever use of photography tricks you into thinking the images he captures are miniature model settings. His Army Man series does not in fact depict those little green plastic action figures you first assume, they are Hunter's mates, dutifully dressed up in khaki and with big sheets of wood strapped to their feet!
Find out more about Tilt Shift Photography here.
Willard Wigan is famed for his micro sculptures. Think small, then think SUPER small. His typical canvas is the head of a pin or the eye of a needle. In his biog he states that he, "started making houses for ants because I thought they needed somewhere to live. Then I made them shoes and hats". A logical thought process. The man is a genius.
Hollyoak's fans (guilty pleasure time!) will recognise the work of Manvsmachine. They are the brains behind the model world idents created for T4.
And finally, this has been doing the rounds on the blogs recently, but I couldn't resist the charms of The World's Smallest Postal Service. A hand written letter, sealed with a wax stamp and delivered with a tiny magnifying glass to allow the recipient to read the minuscule correspondence. Completely useless, but utterly charming!
Hope you enjoyed this brief tumble down the rabbit hole into the world of big and small!
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