Interpreting a series of the protagonist’s misremembered definitions, Oded Ezer will be presenting eight short typographic videos in Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace at the Victoria and Albert Museum, a multi-dimensional exhibition, in which 20 leading graphic designers, typographers and illustrators bring alive Hari Kunzru’s work of fiction.
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 recognize from our time. He clings to his belief that without memory, civilization is doomed.
© Oded Ezer for Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 18 June – 20 October 2013, curated by Laurie Britton Newell and Ligaya Salazar.
Visual concept, art direction and design: Oded Ezer
Project team: Michal Shani, Doron Bentov, Sagie Huberman
“Oded Ezer’s short videos challenge the viewer’s perception of what it is to read words” (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)