Cabinet Books announces the coming of Bigert & Bergström’s “The Last Calendar,” your companion for the 356 days of 2012, the world’s final year.
When the current cycle of the Maya Long Count calendar concludes on 21 December 2012, the world will end. Of course, this is hardly the first time the planet’s demise has been prophesied. In fact, Harold Camping, the Christian broadcaster who famously proclaimed that the Rapture would occur on 21 May 2011, has revised his original prediction for the date of this very announcement. If you are reading this, it looks like humanity has survived for now, only to be finally snuffed out at the end of 2012. And so Cabinet offers you, doomed reader, a guide to the brief time that remains. This oversized wall calendar, featuring artworks by Bigert & Bergström illustrating twelve methods of divination, ignores the familiar holidays in favor of more than sixty significant dates in the history of apocalyptic prophecy. Starring comets, aliens, floods, returning messiahs, and more, “The Last Calendar” will be with you for all the days of the coming year, and ends—as will you—on 21 December 2012.
For more information and to pre-order copies, visit: http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/shop/product_info.php?products_id=174
Cabinet Books and Cabinet magazine are published by Immaterial Incorporated, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Brooklyn, NY. Immaterial Incorporated receives generous support from the Lambent Foundation, the Orphiflamme Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Polis-Schutz Family Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Danielson Foundation, Art Matters, and the Katchadourian Foundation.
Image: March 2012, “Eleomancy (Divination through the Observation of Oil),” 2011. Photo Charlie Drevstam.