Future Library is a 100-year artwork in Norway by artist Katie Paterson, that began its life in 2014, produced by Situations. A thousand trees have been planted in a forest just outside Oslo that will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed after one hundred years. Between now and then, one writer every year is invited to contribute a text, with the writings held in trust, unread and unpublished, until 2114.

Yesterday the multi-award winning British novelist David Mitchell became the second writer to contribute to the project, gifting his manuscript From Me Flows What You Call Time to the project.

David Mitchell reflects on Future Library.


“What is the time of an artwork? When does the process begin and when does it end? These are questions of encounter, rhetorical devices for trying to articulate why art matters. The space between ends and beginnings is sometimes hard to recognise and we seem to want to seek out the edges in both art and everything else as we try to make sense of this confusing world around us.” – Lisa Le Feuvre

Lisa Le Feuvre considers Futre Library as a work of trust, and the “imponderable phenomenal of time and space” in The Time of An Artwork published to coincide with this year’s manuscript contribution. Read the full text here


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