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Beautiful new values: Vienna Biennale for Change 2019

The festival challenges us to help shape our digital world and lets us take a peek into the future with a total of nine exhibitions and an overarching conference.
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Director General of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art and initiator of the Vienna Biennale, describes the times we live in as the "birth of a new Modernism". It takes courageous visions to deal with artificial intelligence, as well as for the deployment of new technologies and for new forms of coexistence, says the Biennale director.

Artificial intelligence completely unaffected

Artificial intelligence often comes up against a lack of understanding or even rejection. Another reason, therefore, to focus on it and show what it's all about. At the exhibition Uncanny Values at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, we are brought closer to the potential of artificial intelligence, especially in connection with the associated technologies. A multimedia show that seeks dialog with the visitors with 18 international artists and designers. With its exhibition project Climate change! From consumption to the sustainable quality society, the Viennese design duo EOOS provides another way of looking at how transformational design can positively counteract climate change.

Femtastic prospects

We are offered these from the end of May by the Kunsthalle Wien, where the exhibition Hysterical Mining focuses on the concept and impact of technology in the context of gender roles. Why is technology generally still coded by men, and how can we learn from or break out of this reality? The exhibition investigates the material worlds we create through technologies and attempts to give answers to the role of technology in the formation of local and global configurations of power, forms of identity, and lifestyles.

Change = Chance

The artists' collective Time's Up of the Applied Innovation Laboratory of the University of Applied Arts Vienna agrees with this. In their project Change Was Our Only Chance, they design a future scenario that is deliberately completely removed from the typical, apocalyptic image of catastrophe. It is about experiencing the world in 2047 from an optimistic-realistic perspective in order to ultimately "show that art can intervene in social developments and help shape them", according to Gerald Bast, rector of the University of Applied Art.

Changing values

At the international conference Changing Values at the beginning of September (Sept. 6-7, 2019), the Austrian Architecture Museum will ask itself how we can sustainably influence the use of our resources, the current fairness of distribution, and our coexistence in an increasingly diverse society. The podium discussions are dedicated to the topics "valuable data", "innovative materials", and "transformational design". Architects, designers, artists, and business people speak about, analyze and discuss the topics.

Vienna Biennale for Change 2019

May 29 - October 6, 2019

All events, dates, and further information on the festival are available at www.viennabiennale.org

MAK - Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

Stubenring 5 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 25/5% off , 3€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 22:00
    • We - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        at the staff entrance Weiskirchnerstrasse (Cobbled Street)
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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      Elevator to the exhibition rooms.

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Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
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  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 11:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 11:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps ( Door  200  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 6 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 155 cm wide and 138 cm low , Door 110 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      A wheelchair will be provided on demand during the visit.

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms and restaurant/café: no steps.

      6 free parking spaces for visitors with special needs on the premises (access: Burggasse / Volkstheater) with proper identification and 4 parking spaces for visitors with special needs in the parking garage (basement level 2 next to elevator, access: main entrance Museumsplatz).

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Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien The Austrian Architecture Museum

MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 19:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Automatic sliding doors   88  cm  wide )
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 3 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      The Architecture Center also offers special architecture tours for the blind and visually impaired. Tours for visitors with special needs on request.

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      Exhibition rooms, restaurant/café: no steps.

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