Apparatus 22 @ VIENNA BIENNALE 2017
The VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future focuses on the potential of art, design, and architecture to contribute to an environmentally and socially sustainable concept of the digital age that is also committed to a new humanism. At various exhibition venues across the entire city, the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017 brings together some 300 designers, architects, artists, and other participants who draw a complex picture of our future digital world with their speculative and utopian (or dystopian) as well as auspicious practical scenarios.
At its Karlsplatz location, the Kunsthalle Wien’s exhibition “Work it, feel it!” is dedicated to the work of the future and the future of work. The exhibition focuses on the demands placed on the human body and its possibilities to act, as seen against the backdrop of an increasingly automated workplace. What are the mechanisms of discipline and control that have been applied to the mind, and above all to the body, to make it an efficient production tool and a pillar of consumerism?
Until the mid-20th century, within the disciplinary societies, “enclosed milieus” (“milieux clos”, e.g. schools, factories, clinics, etc.) served the formation of bodies, whereas today’s control societies aim to make bodies useful and teachable by means of information.
At the same time, new techniques are developing, which serve less to adapt the bodies for the production sector, but rather to train them – for the sake of physicality itself – to become ever more “perfect”, physically fit and (leisure-)consuming subjects. Which ideals are being pushed? And what happens to the bodies that resist and escape optimization?
Between utopia and dystopia, between speculation and analysis, the exhibition’s artists outline working environments of the future against the background of their economic and political instrumentalization.
Artists: Apparatus 22, Hannah Black, Danilo Correale, Juliette Goiffon / Charles Beauté, Louise Hervé / Chloé Maillet, Shawn Maximo, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Toni Schmale, Romana Schmalisch / Robert Schlicht, Visible Solutions
Curator: Anne Faucheret
Associate curator: Eva Meran
At the opening the performance “Art is Work” by Apparatus 22 will take place.
Work it, feel it!
21/6 – 10/9 2017
Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz