From June-October of last year in Great Britain a spectacular collaborative creation was on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the form of Sky Art Ignition: Memory Palace. It is described on the museum’s website as such “a multidimensional story…Memory Palace explored how a story might be imagined in a different format – as a walk-in book.” The story takes place in a future London after a magnetic storm has destroyed the world’s online-cloud information structure, where the most dangerous people are a sect who are trying to revive the “ancient ‘art of remembering'”.
I initially learned about Memory Palace when I ran across Luke Pearson’s contribution to it on his site, then I got more curious as had my mind blown by both the concept by most of the other pieces that made up the show. I love the way that the three-dimensional and ‘walk-in book’ ideas speak to the tactile and complex nature of memory and, while I love seeing the disparate styles and visions that came together to create this work, I really would have loved to have been seen it in person, to have been able to walk-through it and experience it as Kunzru and the artists had intended. Oh well, until the show comes to the Northeast U.S. and I am able to see it in person, please enjoy these selections from MEMORY PALACE: