15 Feb 2020

Katie Paterson: Future Library

From Saturday Morning, 10:06 am on 15 February 2020

Scottish artist Katie Paterson collaborates with scientists and researchers to explore ideas of time, transience, and our place on Earth.

She's broadcast the sound of a melting glacier, mapped dead stars, collected different varieties of astronomical darkness, and sent a recast meteorite back into space.

In 2014 she had the idea for the Future Library project, described as 'the world's most secretive library'.

Every year, from 2014 to 2114, an original work from a popular author gets collected and stored. The only catch? It can't be read or published until 2114 when the 100 manuscripts will get printed out on paper in limited edition anthologies made from 1000 specially planted trees from a wood in Norway.

In the meantime the works will be on display in the new Oslo Public Library (in a building constructed from older trees from that same wood). Writers Margaret Atwood,  David Mitchell and Karl Ove Knausgård are among those who have already contributed their work.

Katie Paterson will be one of the artists featured in Auckland Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition "Rubble: A Matter of Time" which opens on July 4.