Memory Palace, a new show at the V&A Museum in London illustrating the book by Hari Kunzru with collaborative artists. - Smudgetikka
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Memory Palace, a new show at the V&A Museum in London illustrating the book by Hari Kunzru with collaborative artists.

Those of us with teenagers will be aware of the popularity of illustrated graphic novels with this age range now. There has been an explosion in the number of artists using this form and the new show at the V&A Museum – Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace, draws on some of these practitioners to illustrate a new fiction piece by the writer Hari Kunzru.

Set in a dystopian apocolyptic future world with a destroyed London where reading, writing and memory itself are illegal, the exhibition is a walk in story that brings the words to life. For fans of the genre this is a great exhibition to visit and for the rest of us it poses interesting questions about memory and how it defines us.

Contributors include the well known Luke Pearson, Le Gun , Oded Ezer and Erik Kessels and as well as distinctive graphic illustrative sections there are installation pieces, one of which, Oded Ezers mouths forming letters had me transfixed for a long time.

An accompanying documentary about the work will be shown tonight  (Weds 19th June) on Sky Arts 1HD at 8pm. The exhibition runs till the 20th October and costs £6.

Work by Mario Wagner at the V&A exhibition Memory Palace.

Work by Mario Wagner at the V&A exhibition Memory Palace.

 

Illustrator and graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg's double hanging at the V&A memory palace exhibition.

Illustrator and graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg’s double hanging at the V&A memory palace exhibition.

 

Part of a wall of drawings by Luke Pearson, one of my son's favourite graphic novel artists.

Part of a wall of drawings by Luke Pearson, one of my son’s favourite graphic novel artists.

 

Le Gun, a collective of artists graduates from the Royal College of Art bring to life a memory fragment recalling the practice of medicine.

Le Gun, a collective of artists graduates from the Royal College of Art bring to life a memory fragment recalling the practice of medicine.

 

Henning Wagenbreth created a museum of painted wooden blocks featuring words and images in his interpretation of the text.

Henning Wagenbreth created a museum of painted wooden blocks featuring words and images in his interpretation of the text.

 

A giant palace made of recycled paper and advertising leaflets by Erik Kessels at the V&A Memory Palace exhibition

A giant palace made of recycled paper and advertising leaflets by Erik Kessels at the V&A Memory Palace exhibition

 

Amusing text from the fiction by Hari Kunzru which accompanies the recycled great palace exhibit

Amusing text from the fiction by Hari Kunzru which accompanies the recycled great palace exhibit

 

The wonderful mouths making letters exhibit, part of the video installation by Oded Ezer at the Sky Arts ignition Memory Palace exhibition at the V&A this summer.

The wonderful mouths making letters exhibit, part of the video installation by Oded Ezer at the Sky Arts ignition Memory Palace exhibition at the V&A this summer.

 

Visitors are invited to add a memory to the memory bank at the last exhibit, created by Johnny Kelly and Nexus Interactive Arts.

Visitors are invited to add a memory to the memory bank at the last exhibit, created by Johnny Kelly and Nexus Interactive Arts.

All photos by Smudgetikka – all rights reserved – all artworks were commissioned for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace at the V&A museum and are shown courtesy of the artists.

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