Vienna Biennale 2017 - Robots. Work. Our Future

The vision of a digital humanism will be brought close to reality by the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017 (21 June to 1 October 2017). Under the motto Robots. Work. Our Future, the second edition of the first multipartite biennale in the world will open up creative spaces for contemplating meaningful living and working and the sustainable use of robotics and artificial intelligence in the digital age. Contributions from the fields of art, design, and architecture will sketch out the joint potential of robots and human work as an opportunity to bring about humanely motivated positive change.

While the exhibitions to be shown in the MAK, Hello, Robot: Design between Human and Machine and Artificial Tears: Singularity & Humanness – A Speculation will span the range from robotics in daily life to the question of human uniqueness, the exhibition of the University of Applied Arts Vienna THE FUTURE OF WORK (working title) will spark a discussion about future forms of human work with a view to the role of the creative sector. The exhibition Work it, feel it! taking place at Kunsthalle Karlsplatz focuses on the demands placed on the human body and its possibilities to act, as seen against the backdrop of an increasingly automated workplace. The public workspace Care + Repair of the Architekturzentrum Wien will delve into caring and repairing as key strategies for positive change in an urban context. Also focusing on the urban realm, the project StadtFabrik [City factory] — a cooperation between the Vienna Business Agency with its creative center departure and the MAK, and curated by IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna — will look, in the framework of the Biennale, into the effects of digitalization on sociopolitical, socioeconomic processes and new work cultures.

The Vienna Biennale Circle, a flexible platform of Vienna-based personalities from different fields, will bring together the cornerstones of a new humanism in an exhibition manifesto at the MAK, which will also be the showplace for a project about future working environments conceived jointly with Biennale curators and the IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna. A parcourse in the MAK DESIGN LAB will thematize values such as fairness, sharing, caring and appreciation, repairing, slow consumption, and “prosuming.”

Hello, Robot: Design between Human and Machine
An exhibition at the MAK; a co-production of the Vitra Design Museum with the MAK and the Design museum Gent. Curators of the project for the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Amelie Klein, Curator, Vitra Design Museum; Marlies Wirth, Curator, MAK

Artificial Tears: Singularity & Humanness – A Speculation
An exhibition at the MAK; curated by Marlies Wirth, Curator, MAK

THE FUTURE OF WORK (working title)
An exhibition by the University of Applied Arts Vienna in the Applied Inno-vation Lab AIL; curated by Anab Jain, co-founder and Director, Superflux, London, and Professor, University of Applied Arts Vienna; and Gerald Bast, President, University of Applied Arts Vienna; Curatorial assistant: Martina Schöggl

Work it, feel it!
An exhibition by the Kunsthalle Wien, 21 June – 10 September 2017; curated by Anne Faucheret, Curator, Kunsthalle Wien

Care + Repair
A public workspace by the Architekturzentrum Wien; curated by Angelika Fitz, Director designate, Architekturzentrum Wien; Elke Krasny, Curator, Professor of Art and Education, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

StadtFabrik [City factory]
A project by the Vienna Business Agency with its creative center departure and the MAK; curated by IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna

Exhibition manifesto of the Vienna Biennale Circle
An exhibition at the MAK

Exhibition and parcourse in the MAK DESIGN LAB
In cooperation with Biennale curators and the IDRV – Institute of Design Research Vienna, the MAK is working on an exhibition about key devel-opments in the sphere of work

Current Dates

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