Erik Niedling

Erik Niedling is a German artist. He is also known for his 2010 film The Future of Art, a documentary on the contemporary art scene. Ingo Niermann is a German novelist, writer, and artist.

  • Burial of the White Man

    Burial of the White Man

    Erik Niedling

    A bildungsroman about an artist and writer who embark on increasingly outrageous projects—culminating in the burial of the entire subspecies of the white man.

    Burial of the White Man is a bildungsroman about the friendship between artist Erik Niedling and writer Ingo Niermann. Two German men in their thirties, they begin collaborating on a series of projects of ever-increasing ambition and scope: a tomb for all humans, a dissident replica of the US army, a German-Mozambican youth and liberation movement, a ritual of living one year as if it's your last, a transformation of the oldest and most troubled German political party, a global fitness cult..... Each failure is answered with an even more outrageous endeavor—culminating in the burial not only of themselves, but of the entire subspecies of the white man.

    Burial of the White Man is an auto-fiction by Erik Niedling, interpolated by manifestos and proposals by Ingo Niermann and expanded by Austrian-American poet Ann Cotten and German novelist Jakob Nolte. The third volume of the Future of Art series, the book accompanies Erik Niedling's web series, Pyramid Mountain: A Video Diary.

    • Paperback $26.00
  • The Future of Art

    The Future of Art

    A Diary

    Erik Niedling

    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 letter by Tom McCarthy examines the social and philosophical implications.

    The Future of Art: A Diary is the sequel to The Future of Art: A Manual (2011), in which Niedling joined Niermann on his search for a new, epic artwork. The book is published on the occasion of the exhibition “18.10.1973–29.02.2012” at the Neues Museum Weimar.

    Contributors Tom McCarthy, Erik Niedling, Ingo Niermann, and Amy Patton

    • Paperback $26.00

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  • The Future of Art

    The Future of Art

    A Manual

    Ingo Niermann

    In 1831 Honoré de Balzac wrote a short story, “The Unknown Masterpiece,” in which he invented the abstract painting. Almost 200 years later, writer Ingo Niermann tries to follow in his footsteps to imagine a new epoch-making artwork. Together with the artist Erik Niedling he starts searching for the future of art and, seeking advice, meets key figures of the art world.

    Includes the DVD The Future of Art by Erik Niedling and Ingo Niermann (HD, 157 min.).

    Contributors Thomas Bayrle, Olaf Breuning, Genesis and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, Olafur Eliasson, Harald Falckenberg, Boris Groys, Damien Hirst, Gregor Jansen, Terence Koh, Gabriel von Loebell, Marcos Lutyens, Philomene Magers, Antje Majewski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Olbricht, Friedrich Petzel, and Tobias Rehberger; and commentary by Chus Martínez

    • Paperback $32.00