Future Library

Die Future Library von Katie Paterson wird ein Buch voller Texte aus der Vergangenheit (heute), das erst in einhundert Jahren im Jahr 2114 gedruckt werden wird, aus dem Papier aus Bäumen, die in einem Wald vor Oslo extra für dieses Buch gepflanzt wurden. Der erste Text kommt von Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid's Tale, Preisträgerin des ersten Arthur C. Clarke-Awards) und die Storys werden in einem extra dafür eingerichteten und versiegelten Raum in der 2018 neu eröffnenden Oslo Public Library (Deichmanske Bibliotek) gelagert. Toll!

A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed in one hundred years time. Between now and then, one writer every year will contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unpublished, until 2114. Tending the forest and ensuring its preservation for the 100-year duration of the artwork finds a conceptual counterpoint in the invitation extended to each writer: to conceive and produce a work in the hopes of finding a receptive reader in an unknown future.

Margaret Atwood comments on being the inaugural writer for Future Library: “I am very honoured, and also happy to be part of this endeavor. This project, at least, believes the human race will still be around in a hundred years! Future Library is bound to attract a lot of attention over the decades, as people follow the progress of the trees, note what takes up residence in and around them, and try to guess what the writers have put into their sealed boxes.”

A ceremony in 2015 will mark the handover of Margaret Atwood’s manuscript.