V&A Museum, London
London - deep in the future. A huge magnetic storm has destroyed the world's information infrastructure. In the new dark age, memory is outlawed. One cannot legally record any memories or thoughts in any way, shape or form . Living in the moment is all that is allowed. A banned sect seeks to keep alive the 'art of memory'. Those who are caught are imprisoned.
This is the basic premise of the Hari Kunzru's Memory Palace. The narrator is in prison, guilty of the crimes outlined above. Yet the narrator perseveres with the desire to remember, being of the firm belief that such a path represents the only hope of ultimate salvation from a dystopian world.
The fourth wall is well and truly shattered at the end of the exhibition, when all visitors are invited to extend the barriers and even cross the line between fact and fiction by recording one memory which will be recorded on the website and become part of an ongoing artistic experiment.
The exhibition runs until 20 October 2013. Further details are available on the V&A website.