A human-like robot sitting at a desk in an office.

On being human in times of artificial intelligence

We stand on the cusp of an age of dramatic innovations. Developments in the digitized world are proceeding apace and are also increasingly determining how we work. Yet how can the changes brought about by the digital transformation be used to create humane conditions, especially in the world of work? Under the slogan "Robots. Work. Our future", this year's Vienna Biennale gets up close and personal with the economy-driven digital revolution and presents creative ideas and artistic projects on this topic at various locations in Vienna. With contributions of art, design and architecture, the Vienna Biennale creates conceptual spaces for the sustainable use of robotics and artificial intelligence in our networked age.

As the initiator of the Vienna Biennale, the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art presents its show Hello, Robot - Design between Human and Machine starting on 21 June. More than 200 exhibits of art, design and architecture as well as examples of technology, film, literature, fashion, science and popular culture investigate the inexorable hype surrounding intelligent machines and cast light on the decisive role that design plays in all of this. In parallel with this, the exhibition Artificial Tears. Singularity & Humanity - A Speculation takes a critical look at human feelings and ethical considerations in respect of digital modernism. Thirteen artistic positions put forward hypotheses, ask questions and supply stimuli for the debate over the "Singularity" forecast by the American technology visionary Ray Kurzweil.

With Work it, feel it!, the Kunsthalle Wien on Karlsplatz dedicates itself to the work of the future and the future of work. The exhibition focuses on the demands placed on the human body and its options for handling the increasing automation of the world of work. 

How can we repair the future? And how can architecture and urbanism take care of this? For the exemplary trialling of a Care + Repair form of urbanism, the Architecture Center Vienna is opening a public workspace at the Nordbahnhof, one of the biggest inner city development areas in Vienna with an impressive near-natural wasteland.

There's lots more on at the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art during the Vienna Biennale: The StadtFabrik: New Work. New Design of Wirtschaftsagentur Wien and the MAK offers, for example, a field of research for the creative economy. The show I don't know - How the relationships between things grow at the MAK Design Laboratory analyzes the relationship between people and objects. And in the Hall of Columns of the MAK, the Vienna Biennale Circle, a flexible platform of personalities of various disciplines who live in Vienna, supplies suggestions for re-orienting our society with What do we want? Dimensions of a new digital humanism. The installation LeveL – the fragile balance of utopia by the designers Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler from the mischer'traxler studio deals with the bipolarity of utopia as a complex construct of personal and social ideals. And the presentation Design for Agency – Handlungsmacht gestalten of the MAK and the University of Applied Art Vienna presents mediations, designs, tactics and tools which challenge and inspire us to rethink the constantly changing forms of human action in our rapidly changing world.

In its How will we work?, the AIL - Applied Innovation Laboratory on Franz-Josefs-Kai focuses on the disappearance of seemingly "traditional jobs" and in doing so asks who will or rather should be involved in redefining the terms 'work' and 'future'.

Vienna Biennale 2017

21 June - 1 October 2017

Details and all dates can be found at www.viennabiennale.org

MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art

Stubenring 5 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Every Tuesday: MAK NITE with free admission from 6 pm - 10 pm
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: Special offer
  • Opening times

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

    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        at the staff entrance Weiskirchnerstrasse
    • 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 Karlsplatz

Karlsplatz/Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Wien
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  • Opening times

    • daily, 11:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 11:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   236  cm  wide )
        Ramp: 6 % incline
      • Ramp 750  cm  long ,   320  cm  wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien The Austrian Architecture Museum

MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
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  • 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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AIL Angewandte Innovation Lab

Franz-Josefs-Kai 3, 1010 Wien
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