Tom McCarthy, Ingo Niermann and Emily Segal  create a work of fiction inspired by Oslo

Oslo Pilot is pleased to announce a new contribution to its publishing programme: a collaborative fiction written by Tom McCarthy, Ingo Niermann and Emily Segal.

The three authors have been invited to write a collaborative work of fiction contextualized by the city of Oslo and the ongoing research Oslo Pilot is conducting into four interconnected topics concerning the politics of time and contemporary art practices in the public realm: Reactivation, Periodicity, Disappearance and Public.

This is the first time that McCarthy, Niermann and Segal  have worked together. In order to do so, they spent time in the fast-changing, expanding city of Oslo, which will play a keyrole as backdrop and source material of their writing.  This initial exploration of the Norwegian capital was based on a program of encounters and meetings that reflect the different—often conflicting—interests and perspectives that might frame the focus of the forthcoming narrative.


About the authors

Tom McCarthy is an English novelist, writer, and artist based in London. His most recent book, Satin Island, was shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. McCarthy’s first book, Remainder (2008), is considered by Zadie Smith to be “one of the greatest English novels of the last ten years.” In 2016, artist Omer Fast will release his film adaptation of McCarthy’s Remainder.

Ingo Niermann is a German novelist, writer, and artist based in Basel. Niermann’s latest novel is Solution 257: Complete Love. Niermann’s recent publications  include Drill Nation (2015), The Future of Art: A Manual (with E. Niedling, 2011), Deutscher Sohn (with A.Wallasch, 2010), and Solution 186–195: Dubai Democracy (2010). Niermann is the editor of the book series Solution, published by Sternberg Press.

Emily Segal is an American artist, writer, and brand consultant based in New York. She is the co-founder of the trend-forecasting art collective K-HOLE and the editor at large of Flash Art. Emily is currently working on her debut novel, which she is releasing in parts in gallery settings, including the Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Project Native Informant, London.


Other ongoing editorial projects

The Oslo Pilot programme includes various channels of production: newly produced artworks, publishing, performance, and live events. Some of these are conceived in dialogue with one another while others are independent. Working across these platforms, Oslo Pilot seeks to generate diverse forms of insight into its key areas of enquiry, and to provide numerous and diverse points of encounter for its audiences.

Text-based projects, critique, prose and poetry, are of particular importance to Oslo Pilot’s research into four key concepts: Reactivation, Periodicity, Disappearance and Public. Adopting singular and challenging working processes, both research and the formation of the editorial object run hand in hand.

The language of poetry has become a cornerstone of Oslo Pilot’s open-ended approach to investigation and enquiry. The Word’s Head project (a year-long production programme dedicated exclusively to the production and presentation of poetic work in the public realm) seeks to open a discursive space of national and international scope. Inserting poetry into the public realm in the form of posters placed at sites normally occupied by advertising, or billboard inteventions, alters everyday distinctions between the familiar and the unfamiliar, the public and the intimate.

Among the range of publishing projects, this autumn will see the launch of the Oslo Pilot Magazine. Giving the lead role to artists, the Oslo Pilot magazine will be dedicated to the four lines of investigation: Reactivation, Periodicity, Disappearance and Public. Made up of a selection of texts by and interviews with artists over the last century, the magazine will encompass a cross-generational dialogue around these four interconnected areas of enquiry.


OSLO PILOT is a two-year project curated by Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk to investigate the role of art in and for the public realm and to lay ground for a future periodic art event in public space. OSLO PILOT is initiated and financed by the City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Norway.