Ingo Niermann

Ingo Niermann is a writer and the editor of the Solution Series. His recent publications include Burial of the White Man (with Erik Niedling) and Solution 275–294: Communists Anonymous (edited with Joshua Simon). Based on his novel Solution 257: Complete Love, Niermann initiated the Army of Love, a project that tests and promotes a just redistribution of sensual love.

  • Solution 295–304

    Solution 295–304

    Mare Amoris

    Ingo Niermann

    A new vision of the ocean.

    It was the concept of the ocean as a global commons, free for everyone—first formulated by Hugo Grotius in his 1609 treatise, Mare Liberum—that stimulated a free global market. Today, the free market and the free ocean both suffer from rigorous, exploitive use. A new concept of how to relate to the ocean could transform the global economy and global politics. Solution 295–304: Mare Amoris proposes new practical, technological, and metaphysical scenarios of how to fall in love with the sea, and, eventually, have the sea fall in love with us.

    Solutions series

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  • Solution 275–294

    Solution 275–294

    Communists Anonymous

    Ingo Niermann and Joshua Simon

    The members of Communists Anonymous (COMA) share an extreme sense of empathy and justice, and therefore detest more or less any form of private property. COMA members restrain themselves from any effort to overcome capitalism before there is a new convincing model at hand of how to actually implement communism. The speculative self-help of COMA understands the historical incarnations of communism as substantially incomplete in thought and practice, and places communism where it originated—in the realm of fiction. Only as fiction can communism manifest itself again beyond doubt.   

    Solution 275–294: Communists Anonymous is a document of some imageries of communism and a testament to the current predicament of our political imagination. Atomized, privatized, and deprived of any infrastructure for solidarity—without any internationalist project, with moralizations compensating for the disappearance of political organization, with micro-politics replacing macro-politics—communists can only be anonymous in this world of ours. Edited by writer Ingo Niermann and curator Joshua Simon, this collection of essays and stories—written from the fields of art, literature, law, philosophy, activism, design, and science—proposes resolutions to current social contradictions, covering topics such as bacteria, bliss, immortality, queerness, interculturality, poetry, transportation, childhood and motherhood, and all-encompassing sensual love.

    Solution Series edited by Ingo Niermann

    ContributorsSantiago Alba Rico, Heather Anderson, Ann Cotten, Fiona Duncan, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, Boris Groys, Elfriede Jelinek, Georgy Mamedov and Oksana Shatalova, Metahaven, Momus, Ingo Niermann, David Pearce, Frank Ruda, Georgia Sagri, Joshua Simon, Alexander Tarakhovsky, Timotheus Vermeulen

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  • Solution 257

    Solution 257

    Complete Love

    Ingo Niermann

    Ingo Niermann's provocative new novel imagines a Berlin alternative to the activist occupation of public spaces in 2011. The completists, gathered at Alexanderplatz, aspire for justice through intimacy. They believe that only when the redistribution of material wealth includes equal chances of finding sex and love—no matter how elderly, disabled, or ugly you are—communism will become real. This volume of the Solution series is a revolutionary erotic fiction.

    Karl, a freelance writer and young stay-at-home dad in Berlin, first dismisses the completists as a bunch of as fringe weirdos and burnouts. But over the course of one summer day, his outlook changes after a series of encounters both virtual and physical. Contacting him on Skype, an attractive and mysterious stranger tells him she has only three hours left to live. Their video chat starts a game of seduction and intrigue and turns into a vivid debate on the decorum of modern relationships and fantasies. Instead of satiating him sensually and emotionally, Ava enlightens him about the real completist challenge of justice through sex and intimacy. Karl must join ranks with disabled sex-rights activist Oskar Patzer before his day's journey—culminating in an improvised public orgy prefaced by a choreographed group performance—can indicate the possibilities for completing love. 

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    Solution Series edited by Ingo Niermann

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  • Solution 264–274

    Solution 264–274

    Drill Nation

    Ingo Niermann

    What is luxury? Anything that is not essential to life and that, once everyone has it, is rather annoying.  —Solution 264, “Public Poverty”   

    Having furnished solutions for Germany and Dubai, Ingo Niermann takes a new look at what nationhood can mean and accomplish today, finding inspiration, of all places, in North Korea. Now that the promise of global prosperity and abundance can technically be fulfilled, the time has come for a minimalist rethink of society. By relying on drills and a principle of reduction, the individual can be granted a freedom for experiences and ideas that are not possible otherwise. The more we simplify, the lighter the ballast we'll have to carry.    

    The twelfth volume in the Solution series includes an account of Niermann's travels through North and South Korea, accompanied by the author's photographs. The eleven solutions in Solution 264–274: Drill Nation build from insights culled while on the trip.  

    Published to coincide with the Real DMZ Project 2015, curated by Sunjung Kim and Nikolaus Hirsch    Solution Series edited by Ingo Niermann

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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.).

    ContributorsThomas 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

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  • Solution 186–195

    Solution 186–195

    Dubai Democracy

    Ingo Niermann

    Solution 186–195: Dubai Democracy is the fifth book in the Solution series. Using Dubai as a sort of modernist blank slate for urban and social renewal, author Ingo Niermann confronts today's most relevant cultural and technological developments with analytical elixirs that are as pertinent as they are unbelievable. Niermann's Dubai will become as specialized as housing the global center for treating diabetes—called Sugar World—and as universal as offering non-confrontational public spaces where both a state of total advertising and compulsive kindness, or what he calls a “personal humaneness account,” co-exist.

    Translation from the German by Gerrit Jackson

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  • Solution 1–10

    Solution 1–10


    Ingo Niermann

    After the end of the Second World War, the Federal Republic of Germany wanted to avoid a national “special path” at all costs. Even those who, since reunification, have called for a new patriotism merely mean to accomplish Germany's perfect normalization as a Western democracy. What they call for is not a profession of specifically German values but an abstract love for the country in which people happen to have been born and grown up. But now, as globalization advances and China rises to become the world's greatest economic power, the West's very existence is at stake. The union between democracy and prosperity has been broken; democracy is no longer the indubitably most effective evil. To remain competitive in the face of globalization, Germany needs unique and inimitable advantages of location, it needs to look for specifically German visions.

    In Solution 1–10: Umbauland, Ingo Niermann devises ten provokingly simple ideas which would see Germany work it out after all, including a new grammar, a new political party, assigning allotment gardens to unemployed people and retirees, and the Great Pyramid, the tallest building of the world which would serve as a democratic tomb for millions of people (see Solution 9: The Great Pyramid, eds. Ingo Niermann and Jens Thiel).

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  • Solution 9

    Solution 9

    The Great Pyramid

    Ingo Niermann and Jens Thiel

    If the team behind it is successful, its members will be rich beyond the wildest dreams of even the most ambitious pharaoh. Sunday Telegraph

    Millions of people will buy these bricks? BBC World Service

    The idea could be read as a democratization of megalomania. Süddeutsche Zeitung

    Mega-Pyramid set to save Germany. ORF

    Solution 9: The Great Pyramid is the first in the forthcoming Solution series where authors will be asked to develop an abundance of compact and original ideas for other countries and regions, contradicting the widely held assumption that, after the end of socialism, human advancement is only possible technologically or requires a yet-to-be-established world order. This book also documents the architectural proposals for the Great Pyramid, selected by a jury composed of Rem Koolhaas, Omar Akbar, Stefano Boeri, and Miuccia Prada. It also contains critical texts and voices from the press on this exceptional project.

    ContributorsHeiko Holzberger, Till Huber, Rem Koolhaas, Christian Kracht, Zak Kyes, Chus Martínez, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Madelon Vriesendorp, David Woodard. Projects by Atelier Bow-Wow (Tokyo), Fake/ Ai Weiwei (Beijing), Nikolaus Hirsch/Wolfgang Lorch/Markus Miessen (Frankfurt am Main), and MADA s.p.a.m. (Shanghai)

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  • Atomkrieg


    Antje Majewski and Ingo Niermann

    Like space travel, nuclear war has for decades created a vast new territory for the imagination. People have envisaged two enemy blocs fighting a final war in which a blazing fire consumes the world. In science fiction novels and films, great writers and film-makers have thought up possible worlds during or after a nuclear war. Artists, however, have tended to subordinate themselves to the idea of the impossibility of adequate representation.

    The publication documents new works by Bruno, Pawel and Szymon Althamer, Christoph de Babalon, Markus Dinig, Lukas Duwenhögger, Olafur Eliasson, Isa Genzken, Julian Göthe, Sebastian Hammwöhner /Dani Jakob, Chris Korda, Ulrike Kuschel, Sarah Lucas, Martine Maffetti, Antje Majewski, Aleksandra Mir, Mathilde Rosier, Eva Rothschild, Neal Tait, Salla Tykkä, and Gary Webb.

    Published on the occasion of the exhibition Atomkrieg at Kunsthaus Dresden (May 20 – July 11, 2004), all stories and essays are written specially for the exhibition. Most of the writers are part of a contemporary German pop-literature and translated for the first time into English.

    ContributorsJoachim Bessing, Alexa Hennig von Lange, Christian Kracht, Ulrike and Antje Kuschel, Antje Majewski, Christiane Mennicke, Dora Miran, Ingo Niermann

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  • Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

    Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

    The Commissions Book

    Daniela Zyman and Eva Ebersberger

    A massive anthology of texts, visual material, and research on TBA21's commissions and the foundation's vast collection of over 700 artworks.

    "What survives after the artwork?" asks curator and researcher Natasha Ginwala in one of the essays in Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary: The Commissions Book, a new and comprehensive publication by the art foundation Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), founded by Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza in Vienna, Austria, in 2002. "The artwork is not just the thing in itself, but also the metaphysical infrastructure and unfinished relationships that produce it," Ginwala writes. In that sense, this anthology of texts, visual material, and research on TBA21's commissions and the foundation's vast collection of over 700 artworks serves as vivid testimony to the processes and relationships that enabled them.

    In more than 1,300 pages, The Commissions Book engages with more than 100 works of art, proposing a speculative topography that organizes and weaves together sequences of potential narratives and interrogations along with close examinations of different works of art and a collective archive of images. The stories embedded in these works, as well as in TBA21 and TBA21-Academy's practice--an itinerant site of transdisciplinary research and cultural production engaging with the oceans--is a story of making new connections, or rather creating interconnections. Bringing together visual and written material from TBA21's commissioning practice and vast history of exhibitions and live events, The Commissions Book also goes beyond the foundation's archives to present new works and commissions by Cecilia Bengolea, Claudia Comte, SUPERFLEX, and Territorial Agency, amongst many others. New essays by Natasha Ginwala's and such transdisciplinary feminist thinkers as Astrida Neimanis and Eva Hayward transcend individual artistic positions and ask questions that lie at the core of TBA21's program.

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  • The Wild Book of Inventions

    The Wild Book of Inventions

    Chus Martínez

    In essays, poems, sketches, and photographs, twenty authors challenge the exclusive human claim to intelligence.

    Can contemporary art's practitioners change the way we perceive nature? In The Wild Book of Inventions, twenty authors employ a variety of forms, including speculative essays, poems, pencil sketches, and photo essays, to challenge the exclusive human claim to intelligence by pointing to, or inventing, new forms of coexistence for all life-forms. Far more complex than the necessary and continuous exercise of critique, these contributions introduce new ways to experience culture.


    Nabil Ahmed, Armen Avanessian, Hannah Black, Kristina Buch, Tyler Coburn, Ann Cotten, Paul Feigelfeld, Fernando García-Dory, Kenneth Goldsmith, Anke Hennig, Ingela Ihrman, Tiphanie Kim Mall, Chus Martínez, Momus, Ingo Niermann, Trevor Paglen, Filipa Ramos, Lin May Saeed, Emily Segal, Johannes Willi

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  • Our Happy Life

    Our Happy Life

    Architecture and Well-Being in the Age of Emotional Capitalism

    Francesco Garutti

    The architectural implications of the intangible guidelines of happiness indexes, the new marketplace of emotions. and the relentless ideology of positivity.

    How do we design our cities when our most intimate experiences are incessantly tracked and our feelings become the base of new modes of production that prioritize the immaterial over the material? Since the 2008 financial crisis, lists of well-being indicators, happiness indexes, and quality-of-life rankings have gone viral. Concurrently, the emotional data presented in these surveys—including perceptions on questions such as loneliness, friendship, and intimate fears—feed an expanding political agenda of happiness and a new form of market whose most decisive asset is “affect.”

    Our Happy Life investigates the architectural implications of this trend by dissecting and questioning the political, economic, and emotional conditions that generate space today. Organized as a visual narrative with critical readings by Will Davies, Daniel Fujiwara, Simon Fujiwara, Ingo Niermann, Deane Simpson, and Mirko Zardini, the book reveals architecture, city, and landscape as contested surfaces, caught between the intangible guidelines of happiness indexes, the new marketplace of emotions, and the relentless ideology of positivity.


    Will Davies, Daniel Fujiwara, Simon Fujiwara, Ingo Niermann, Deane Simpson, Mirko Zardini

    This volume is published in conjunction with an exhibition organized by and presented at the Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montreal from May 8, 2019 to October 13, 2019.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    ContributorsTom McCarthy, Erik Niedling, Ingo Niermann, and Amy Patton

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