Artist talk | Katie Paterson answers questions on Future Library 2014-2114

In March 2020, we presented online for the first time an artist's film which told the story, to date, of Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s expansive 100-year artwork, Future Library, based in Oslo. 

Viewers were invited to submit their questions about the project to mark the release of the film, and we are delighted to present a talk recorded by the artist in which these questions are answered.

Katie Paterson answers questions on Future Library

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Future Library was inaugurated in 2014. A forest was planted in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in 2114. One writer every year of the project will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unread and unpublished, until the one hundred years has passed.

The manuscripts will be stored in a specially designed room in the new public library in Oslo. The writers who have contributed texts to date, and who appear in the film, are Margaret Atwood (2014), David Mitchell (2015), Sjón (2016), Elif Shafak (2017) and Han Kang (2018). The 2019 author is Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgård, who will present his manuscript during 2020.

Future Library, 2014-2114 is commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling, and managed by the Future Library Trust. Supported by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs and Agency for Urban Environment

28 April 2020