Technology – How art, design and architecture tune with the digital revolution? 2017 Vienna Biennale presents Robots. Work. Our Future a wide program of events and exhibitions showcasing how creative economy opens up new perspectives on central topics of our time and promote positive change in our society.
“Robots. Work. Our Future focuses on the potential of the creative industry to contribute to an environmentally and socially sustainable concept of the digital age that is also committed to a new humanism.” Explain at Vienna Biennale.
Planning a trip to Vienna? Archipanic selected 6 exhibitions not to be missed in town until October 10.
@ MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art – Stubenring 5.
From Terminator to smart floor sweepers but also 3D printers for bridges and responsive fashion designs. Should we really trust robots? The Hello Robots! exhibition looks into our complex relationship with intelligent machines that could either save our lives or steal our job.
Hello Robot!, a joint exhibition by the MAK, Vitra Design Museum and Design Museum Ghent, explores the evolution of robotics from Sci-Fi literature to the internet of things, but also drones, cutting edge factory machines and smart cities.
@ MAK + Demonstrators across town.
StadtFabrik, city factory in German, explores new cultures of production and work in the digital future with an exhibition at MAK Central Hall featuring works and proposals by international architects and designers. The project includes also 6 demonstrators across town, prototypical arrangement showing the potential that design can have as a tool for a positive change in our society and our world of work.
2017 Vienna Biennale is organized by the MAK, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, and the Vienna Business Agency, and with support from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as a non-university research partner.
mischer’traxler showcases LeveL, a kinetic light sculpture reflecting on the fragile balance of utopia. A responsive lighting set provides a full bright environment if everybody in the room stays still. “As you enter and move around the space, your breath and the drafts of air you create make the rods tilt and the LEDs dim.” said at mischer’traxler to ArchiPanic, “This is what utopia is about, an extremely delicate balance”.
The exhibition wonders about the future of humankind by presenting how efficient the race can be, versus machine, when placed in myriad of dystopian loads worlds. On show thirteen works focusing on human emotions and ethical considerations about Digital Modernity in order to simultaneously stimulate intellectual and emotional associations.
Work it, Feel it!
@ Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz Treitlstraße 2.
The exhibition features the works of artists who take a critical approach towards society’s control on our bodies. On show sculptures, prints and projections analyzing subjugation of the body but also strategies of escape and resistance. Like Juliette Goiffon and Charles Beauté’s plexiglass and brass objects evoking environments that alternate between a futuristic home office and fitness studio interiors.
How will we work?
@ Angewandte Innovation Laboratory (AIL), Franz Josefs Kai 3.
In the next 20 years up to 50% of industrial production will be in the hands of robots and artificial intelligence. How Will We Work? The exhibition by Vienna University of Applied Arts addresses in both analytical and speculative ways, future forms and functions of human work, particularly targeting the role of the creative sector.
Photos: courtesy of Vienna Biennale.