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Memory Palace

  • Aug 30, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This summer, the V&A will be staging a multi-dimensional exhibition experience: Memory Palace will present an original work of fiction by author Hari Kunzru, transformed into a walk-in story by leading graphic designers, typographers and illustrators including Le Gun, Oded Ezer, Erik Kessels and Henning Wagenbreth.

The Story

Hari Kunzru's story is set in a future London, hundreds of years after the world’s information infrastructure was wiped out by an immense magnetic storm. Technology and knowledge have been lost, and a dark age prevails. Nature has taken over the ruins of the old city and power has been seized by a group who enforce a life of extreme simplicity on all citizens. Recording, writing, collecting and art are outlawed.

The narrator of the story is in prison. He is accused of being a member of a banned sect, who has revived the ancient ‘art of memory’. They try to remember as much of the past as they can in a future where forgetting has been official policy for generations. The narrator uses his prison cell as his ‘memory palace’, the location for the things he has remembered: corrupted fragments and misunderstood details of things we may recognise from our time. He clings to his belief that without memory, civilisation is doomed.

Twenty international practitioners have been asked to interpret a different passage of Kunzru’s text to create an immersive experience of specially commissioned works that collectively tell the story. The exhibition will explore the way in which words and images interact and how stories are told and re-told from different viewpoints. Visitors will be able to walk through the installation and read the story as well as experience the relationship between the page and exhibition space.


Please only respond once you have bought your ticket!

Book your ticket for the 19.00 hours entrance on Friday, 30 August.  We will meet 30 minutes before and enter together.

Info and tickets

Video regarding the exhibition (look for Memory Palace if it doesn't come up)


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  • Marion

    Hi Guys

    There is a special free concert tomorrow at the V&A inspired by their Memory Palace exhibition. More info here:

    September 12, 2013

  • Maylinne

    Thanks for spotting this Marion - I messed up the time and went a bit earlier. The medical cart was pretty cool as posters with memories idea. Thank you!

    September 1, 2013

  • Marion

    Interesting exhibition even though it was much smaller than anticipated. Great meeting you all. I enjoyed our drinks in the garden afterwards.

    August 31, 2013

  • John

    Good, but much smaller exhibition than I anticipated. 20 minutes is plenty of time for it. Nice group of people.

    August 31, 2013

    • Juanjo

      Yes, some crafty original and innovative stuff. Dumbed down some would say, but accesible. Thanks Marion for organising!

      August 31, 2013

  • John

    Thank you Marion for organising this interesting event. Sitting outside in the V&A courtyard drinking wine in the dark was a new experience for me! Nice group of people too!

    August 30, 2013

  • Marion

    We're in the garden cafe.

    August 30, 2013

  • Samir e.

    marion, i called the V&A and they said there are non-bookable tickets at the door. is it ok if i come (it is on the way home anyway) and try to get in. i will look out for you. thanks

    August 30, 2013

  • Marion

    Please note that this event is now sold out. The next availability is Tuesday, 3 September. I hope you all got your tickets sorted.

    August 30, 2013

  • Maylinne

    I bought my ticket, looking forward to that!

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Marion

    Hi, those who have now moved up from the waiting list, can you please ensure that you get your ticket? Thanks.

    August 26, 2013

  • Marion

    Please only respond once you have bought your ticket. I just had another event where people responded and the event sold out. Very annoying since there was a long waiting list. Don't take away the space for someone who is genuinely interested in attending.

    August 3, 2013

    • Laura

      Hi Maroin, I've got two tickets!

      1 · August 25, 2013

  • sascha

    Ticket bought, very excited!

    1 · August 23, 2013

  • Anna

    I have got my ticket too - I probably will not be Able to make it though. Does anyone want to buy my ticket?

    August 23, 2013

  • Marion

    Hi everyone, we now have a waiting list for this event. Only 5 people told me that they had bought a ticket. I will give you until tomorrow evening and start removing those members who have not got a ticket and/or have not updated their response, in order to allow people from the waiting list to get on board. Thanks.

    August 23, 2013

  • John

    Great sounding show - thanks for organising

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got my ticket. This looks great. Thanks for organising. Marion :-))

    1 · August 3, 2013

  • Santiago

    I'm on holidays. :-)

    August 3, 2013

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