Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace brings together a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru with 20 original commissions from leading graphic designers, illustrators and typographers to create a multidimensional story. The way we read books is changing. Memory Palace explores how a story might be imagined in a different format – as a walk-in book.
Each of the designers and illustrators worked on a different passage of text from the story, responding freely to the text.
In this video Henning Wagenbreth talks about his process of creating an installation made up of hundreds of painstakingly painted wooden blocks.
I am Henning Wagenbreth from Berlin. I’m a graphic designer and illustrator and for this exhibition I developed a set of building blocks. They consist out of about 700 pieces, small and big ones, and on the wooden blocks I painted images and a big collection of words. For me just the toy of visual expression that you can add words to different images and you can build words together. And for me, this whole set of building blocks is like a metaphor for our language, and our whole system of meaning – how we communicate with images and with words. What I like in the result is that you rediscover meanings of combined words, but sometimes it directs to things you don’t recognise, because they just don’t exist in combinations.