Vienna Biennale 2019


UNCANNY VALUES: Artificial Intelligence & You. Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea E. Manning, Probably Chelsea, 2017
From May 29, 2019 until October 6, 2019
Which values will we need for a (digital) future we really want? A future in which the utopia of social and economic justice and ecological sustainability can become reality? The VIENNA BIENNALE FOR CHANGE 2019: BRAVE NEW VIRTUES. Shaping Our Digital World (29 May – 6 October), opening on 28 May 2019, brings art, design, and architecture into play concerning the question of a future based on values. Nine exhibitions, one comprehensive conference, and numerous projects and events will open the door to a new world of artificial intelligence, new technologies, innovative lifestyles, (urban) working models, and responsible consumption.
Artists, designers, and architects from all continents will take a stance towards the future we really want. Nine exhibitions, one comprehensive conference, and numerous further projects and events will demand brave visions on handling artificial intelligence and new technologies, on shaping innovative (urban) ways of work, on new ways of living (together), and on responsible consumption. “With the possibilities of art, design, and architecture, the VIENNA BIENNALE will contribute to shaping a future based on values,” Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, General Director of the MAK and initiator and head of the VIENNA BIENNALE, states. This year, the international multidisciplinary biennale will already take place for the third time and is organized by the MAK, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, and the Vienna Business Agency as well as the Slovak Design Center as associate partner and the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as nonuniversity research partner.
The biennale curators Erwin K. Bauer, Janina Falkner, Anne Faucheret, Paul Feigelfeld, mischer'traxler, Vanessa Joan Müller, Nicole Stoecklmayr, and Marlies Wirth will discuss value orientation in the digital age in the following projects: UNCANNY VALUES: Artificial Intelligence & You, HYSTERICAL MINING (An exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien), CHANGE WAS OUR ONLY CHANCE (A project of the University of Applied Arts Vienna), MAK DESIGN LAB (A project of the MAK in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research), CLIMATE CHANGE! From Mass Consumption to a Sustainable Quality Society (A cooperation between the MAK and the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism), FUTURE FACTORY: Rethinking Urban Production (A joint project between the Vienna Business Agency and the MAK and in cooperation with the Ottakringer Brewery), SPACE AND EXPERIENCE: Architecture for Better Living (An exhibition of the MAK in cooperation with Wienerberger), Future City, Human by Design (An exhibition of the Slovak Design Center), Changing Values (A conference of the MAK and the Slovak Design Center together with the Architekturzentrum Wien and Kunsthalle Wien in the context of the program INTERREG V-A Slovakia-Austria). The full program can be found here.
29 May – 6 October 2019
UNCANNY VALUES: Artificial Intelligence & You. Philipp Schmitt and Steffen Weiss, The Chair Project (Four Classics), 2019