The Future of Art: A Diary
Artist Novel, 19.9 cm x 14 cm, 255 p, language: English, publisher: Berlin: Sternberg Press, ISBN: 978-3-943365-02-3 .
Materials: ink, paper
Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/537).
The Future of Art: A Diary by Erik Niedling with texts by Ingo Niermann and Tom McCarty. Average life expectancy can fool you into thinking you still have many years ahead. But what would it be like if you had only one left? What would you want to—what could you—experience in this limited period of time? Artist Erik Niedling would like to be buried in Pyramid Mountain, the largest tomb of all time, conceived by writer Ingo Niermann. To make this goal a reality, Niedling lives one year as though it were his last. The Future of Art: A Diary recounts the joys and horrors of that year. A response by Tom McCarthy examines the social and philosophical implications.
Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice
The Last Year project was part of Niedling’s effort to build Pyramid Mountain—an artwork he acquired from Ingo Niermann in summer 2010—in order to design my personal burial chamber. The Future of Art: A Diary is the sequel of The Future of Art: A Manual by Ingo Niermann with Erik Niedling (Sternberg Press, Berlin 2011)
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84,1 x 59.4 cm, 2012 Concept drawing of the burial chamber the artist envisions to be buried in. CAD: Erik Niedling (with Ingo Niermann)
Exhibition of artworks and documents created and assembled during the artist's final year of life as envisioned in the collaborative project
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The Preparation of the No...
18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.
The Preparation of the Novel is the title of a new instalment in The Book Lovers project, which makes direct reference to Roland Barthes’ tra
Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up B...
28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.
The Book Lovers presents the first (pop-up) bookstore specialized in artist novels. The bookstore will be hosted by De Appel and run by Buchh
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The Book Lovers
The Book Lovers is a research project on the phenomenon of the artist's novel curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielińska. The central quest