The History of Humanity: An Immersive Art Installation

Sara Barnes has recently written a piece for My Modern Met detailing an immersive art installation that explores human history through a sculptural narrative detailing humanity’s greatest paradigm shifts. The installation, entitled Memory Palaces, was created by artist and stage designer Es Devlin as a chronological landscape of the evolution of human thought and action. The installation can be viewed at London’s Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery. 

“The monochromatic space was constructed in a rounded room equipped with mirrors to multiply the area and produce the illusion that the viewer was standing on the edge of the world. Along its surface were symbols of these momentous events carved out of bamboo. Some of the memories included were: the first cave drawings in southern Africa; Nicolaus Copernicus drawing the first heliocentric map of the universe in 1543; Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus in 1955; and Greta Thunberg and her climate change strike in 2018.”

Sara Barnes, My Modern Met

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