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John Kelly, 2013, memory palace, sky arts ignition, victoria & albert museum
John Kelly, 2013

One hundred years in the future, Earth is a very different place. A magnetic storm wreaked havoc on our technology, and now we live in a dark age, where a puritan sect has forbidden any form of artistic expression, and remembering the past leads to imprisonment.

One such prisoner is attempting to stir the memories of the common people, and uses his cell as a 'MemoryPalace' in order to tell his story. He also invites you to reveal your memories in the Memory Bank.

The story is told by author, Hari Kunzru, who along with leading graphic designers, have created a whole new way of reading at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Twenty illustrations are on until the 20th October; study each image like a picture book, and explore a multidimensional story that clings to the importance of memory. You can also by the accompanying book by Hari Kunzru for 10 to remember the experience.

The exhibition is 7 for adults, 6 for seniors, and 4 for students. There will also be bookable and free events to attend. Although the writing masterclass has sold out, you can still get tickets for Surreal Stories: A Linocut Book, a two-day workshop on the 6th-7th September, where you will cut and paste text and pictures make your very own non-linear book. There is also a three-day workshop called Cut-Fold-Sculpt: Paper Narratives from the 9th September, in which you will learn about contemporary paper cutting and sculpture. Finally, join the curators, Ligaya Salazar and Laurie Britton Newell, for a free lunchtime lecture on the 18th September.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 20th Oct
Phone: 44 (0)20 7907 7073
Where: Victoria & Albert Museum
Cost: 7 adult, 6 seniors, 4 students
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