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17 October 2016

Insights into the first press conference of next year's Vienna Biennale 2017 'Robots. Work. Our Future'

Today, MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts Director Christoph Thun-Hohenstein invited to the first press conference of next year's (21 June - 1 October 2017) Vienna Biennale where curators with projects from art, design, architecture will explore our digital future from social as well as economical aspects such as the effects of technology (like robots in health care) on human behaviour or how the world of labor will change. For the exploration of Vienna Biennale's theme 'Robots. Work. Our Future', MAK collaborates with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, Architekturzentrum Wien, and Vienna Business Agency. Biennale 2017 will be supported by the AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology.

Main venue is the MAK where exhibitions with focus on robotics under social aspects 'Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine' and 'Artificial Tears: Singularity & Humanness A Speculation' will be shown. At the University of Applied Arts, spotlights on 'The Future Of Work' will be thrown from the angle of the creative sector. At Kunsthalle Karlsplatz, the exhibition Work it, feel it! will discuss the replacement of the body by new technologies; and at Architekturzentrum Wien, 'Care + Repair' will introduce into new approaches to sustainable living. (Full calendar.)

Today, the philosophical backgrounds behind the projects and the names of the curators were revealed. Concrete details about participating artists, designers or companies are not public yet.

fig.: The first press conference of next year's Vienna Biennale 2017 happened on 17 October 2016 at restaurant Salonplafond at MAK - Austrian Museum of Applied Arts; from left: Gerald Bast (Rector of the University of Applied Arts), Nicolaus Schaffhausen (Director Kunsthalle Wien), Christoph Thun-Hohenstein (Director MAK and Director of Vienna Biennale 2017), Angelika Fitz (designated Director of Architekturzentrum Wien), Gerhard Hirczi (CEO Vienna Business Agency).

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