Art projects

 The two art project Future Library and Flatbread Society are commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling in collaboration with the artists and have been unfolding in Bjørvika since 2012.

Bjørvika Utvikling is responsible for the construction of the commons, water promenade and technical infrastructure in the new city district in Oslo. More than 1% of the investment budget for the commons is dedicated to art in public space.

Challenging preconceptions about the forms and timespan of conventional public artworks, these projects promise a new approach to working with artists in sites of regeneration. Conceived as a programme that will unfold over time, through collective activity, often in collaboration with existing organisations and artist-run initiatives across the city.

Futurefarmers’ Flatbread Society

Established by Futurefarmers at Losæter in Bjørvika, Flatbread Society is a growing group of people including farmers, oven builders, astronomers, artists, soil scientists and bakers, working together towards the development of Bakehouse Bjørvika; a public oven, cultivated grain field and allotments, and sustained public programming in Bjørvika.

The project is commissioned and produced by Bjørvika Utvikling in collaboration with the artists. Supported by The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Eastern Region).For more information, check out: and on Facebook. and on Facebook.

Katie Paterson’s Future Library 2014-2114

Future Library is a new public artwork by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, which will unfold over the next 100 years in the city of Oslo, Norway. A thousand trees have been planted in Nordmarka, a forest just outside Oslo. It will be 100 years before the trees are cut down to provide the paper for an anthology of books – a Future Library for the city of Oslo – read for the first time in 2114. All 100 manuscripts will be held in a specially designed room in the new Deichmanske Public Library opening in 2019 in Bjørvika, Oslo.

Every year from 2014 to 2114, a writer will be commissioned to contribute a new text to a growing collection of unpublished, unread manuscripts held in trust in a specially designed room in the new Deichmanske Public Library in Bjørvika until their publication in 2114. The prizewinning author, poet, essayist, literary critic and environmentalist Margaret Atwood was the first writer to contribute to Future Library in 2015 with the text “Scribbler Moon”. The multiaward winning British novelist David Mitchell the second writer to contribute to Future Library. In May 2016 David Mitchell handed over his manuscript «From Me Flows What You Call Time«. The celebrated Icelandic poet, novelist and lyricist Sjón has been named as the third writer to contribute to Future Library in 2017.

Conceived by Katie Paterson, Future Library is commissioned and supported 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.

Guiding the selection of authors is the Future Library Trust, whose trustees include artist, Katie Paterson; Publishing Director of Hamish Hamilton, Simon Prosser; former Director of the Deichmanske Bibliotek, Liv Sæteren; Publishing Director of Forlaget Press, Håkon Harket; Editor-in-Chief of Oktober Press, Ingeri Engelstad; and Bjørvika Utvikling’s Project Director for Art, Anne Beate Hovind.

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