Memory Palace

Exhibition at the V&A Museum
Posted by Gestalten—07/2013

For the whole summer, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London stages a multi-dimensional exhibition experience related to the topic of memory. An original work of fiction by author Hari Kunzru serves as an epicenter for twenty commissions from leading graphic designers, typographers, and illustrators.

Kunzru’s tale conjures a dystopian vision of a future London, several hundred years after the global information infrastructure has been wiped out by a severe magnetic storm. Much of the world’s technology and knowledge has been lost. Climate change is widespreaded, and nature is reclaiming the ruins of an old city. Books as well as any forms of recording and mark making are banned by the regime in power. The narrator, who is accused of being a renegade memoralist, tries to recall the past as much as he can where remembering has been forbidden. He turns his prison cell into a “memory palace,” a place where he recounts his disjointed memories, putting into question if civilization could survive without the art of memory.

Twenty international artists and graphic designers have each been asked to interpret a different passage of Kunzru’s fiction piece. The interaction of words and images examines the way stories are told and re-told, the possible different viewpoints on memory and fiction. Contributing practitioners, who worked with Gestalten before either in the field of visual storytelling or typographic reinventions, are for example Erik Kessels, Oded Ezer, and Francesco Franchi.

As part of the Sky Arts Ignition Series, the current show at V&A further adheres to a Memory Bank, free of use to everyone with internet access. “If you could only keep one memory, what would it be?”

“Memory Palace is a physically immersive illustrated story that explores a new reading format at a time when concepts of publishing are rapidly changing. The broad selection of contributors demonstrates the exceptionally diverse and expanding worlds of contemporary graphic design and illustration.” Read the co-curators’ notes on creating the memory palace here.

 

Images:
1 Installation image of Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace at the V&A
2 ©Stefanie Posavec
3 ©Francesco Franchi

Visual Storytelling

Posted by Gestalten—09/2014
Visualizing information in the most elegant, entertaining, and informative ways.
→ read more

Data Flow 2

Design graphique et visualisation d'informations
Posted by Gestalten—08/2013
Le graphisme d’information sous son meilleur jour.
→ read more

Oded Ezer

The Typographer‘s Guide to the Galaxy
Posted by Gestalten—12/2012
The first publication on the outstanding experimental typography designer Oded Ezer.
→ read more

Forced Errors—Dare to Make Mistakes

Posted by Gestalten—09/2014
Limited to 20 participants<br /><strong>Participation Fee: </strong>&euro;599.00<br/>
→ read more

Francesco Franchi

On Visual Storytelling and New Languages in Journalism
Posted by Gestalten—02/2012

Francesco Franchi is the art director for IL-Intelligence in Lifestyle, the monthly magazine of Il Sole 24 ORE, Italy’s leading financial daily.

→ read more

Infographic Thinking

Workshop with Francesco Franchi
Posted by Lucas—07/2012

Information designers, editors, illustrators, animators, and journalists came together at Gestalten Space in Berlin on July 2nd and 3rd for a two-day “Infographic Thinking” workshop, the latest in a series of workshops hosted by Gestalten.

→ read more

Oded Ezer

Time of the signs
Posted by Gestalten—06/2008

Oded Ezer creates brilliant Hebrew and Latin typography that make it hard for you to say whether he is still working in typography or already in the realm of art.

→ read more

Our Design Favorites: New Colors for Fall

Nine beautiful and surprising items to carry you into the cold season.
Posted by Gestalten—10/2014

The Story of the Chopper

As told by the Vintagent
Posted by Gestalten—09/2014

Berlin Wonderland: Wild Years Revisited, 1990–1996

An exhibition by Gestalten & bobsairport
Posted—09/2014

“I’m far from esoteric, but I love the narrative behind these ingredients.”

Frank Leder talks candidly about the stories behind his clothing collections and natural body care range.
Posted by Gestalten—09/2014

Recent Book Releases

show all

The Chopper featured on Selectism.

The Monocle Guide to Good Business reviewed on Boyscout.

Das Craft-Bier Buch featured in the 20/2014 issue of tip Berlin.

The Weather Diaries reviewed on anti-utopias.

Berlin Wonderland featured in the September issue of Urban.

Das Craft-Bier Buch recommended on Mixology.

Hide and Seek on The Huffington Post.

Join Our Designer Database

We welcome portfolio and proposal submissions for Gestalten's potential publications and collaborations.

→ How to submit.