M HKA gaat digitaal

Met M HKA Ensembles zetten we onze eerste échte stappen in het digitale landschap. Ons doel is met behulp van nieuwe media de kunstwerken nog beter te kaderen dan we tot nu toe hebben kunnen doen.

We geven momenteel prioriteit aan smartphones en tablets, m.a.w. de in-museum-ervaring. Maar we zijn evenzeer hard aan het werk aan een veelzijdige desktop-versie. Tot het zover is vind je hier deze tussenversie.

M HKA goes digital

Embracing the possibilities of new media, M HKA is making a particular effort to share its knowledge and give art the framework it deserves.

We are currently focusing on the experience in the museum with this application for smartphones and tablets. In the future this will also lead to a versatile desktop version, which is now still in its construction phase.

The Future of Art: A Diary, 2012

Artist Novel, 19.9 cm x 14 cm, 255 p, language: English, publisher: Berlin: Sternberg Press, ISBN: 978-3-943365-02-3 .

©image: M HKA

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. B 2025/537).

Literary synopsis

The Future of Art: A Diary by Erik Niedling with texts by Ingo Niermann and Tom McCarty. Average life expectancy can fool you into thinking you still have many years ahead. But what would it be like if you had only one left? What would you want to—what could you—experience in this limited period of time? Artist Erik Niedling would like to be buried in Pyramid Mountain, the largest tomb of all time, conceived by writer Ingo Niermann. To make this goal a reality, Niedling lives one year as though it were his last. The Future of Art: A Diary recounts the joys and horrors of that year. A response by Tom McCarthy examines the social and philosophical implications.

Relation of the novel to the artist’s practice

The Last Year project was part of Niedling’s effort to build Pyramid Mountain—an artwork he acquired from Ingo Niermann in summer 2010—in order to design my personal burial chamber. The Future of Art: A Diary is the sequel of The Future of Art: A Manual by Ingo Niermann with Erik Niedling (Sternberg Press, Berlin 2011)

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>Photo: Plawecki / Feldhaus

>Photo: Ingo Niermann

>Exhibition of artworks and documents created and assembled during the artist's final year of life as envisioned in the collaborative project Mein letztes Jahr. Photo: Thomas Schulze

>84,1 x 59.4 cm, 2012 Concept drawing of the burial chamber the artist envisions to be buried in. CAD: Erik Niedling (with Ingo Niermann)

>Photo: private


> Erik Niedling .

> Ingo Niermann .

Exhibitions & Ensembles

> Exhibition: Book Lovers 4.0 (Pop-up Bookstore). De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam, 28 January 2014 - 02 February 2014.

> Exhibition: The Preparation of the Novel (Book Lovers 5.0). Fabra i Coats - Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, 18 July 2014 - 05 September 2014.

> Ensemble: The Artist's Novel.