How Will We Work?

Stefan Bogner and Philipp Schmitt, Human Element Inc., 2016 © Stefan Bogner and Philipp Schmitt

An exhibition by the University of Applied Arts Vienna in cooperation with the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017

Our working environment is changing. Innovations in technology, such as rapidly advancing digitalization and the tremendous developments in robotics and artificial intelligence are exerting enormous influence over our everyday working lives. Some studies even suggest that up to 50 percent of the currently existing jobs will break away in the next 20 years. We have to rethink work-in its economic, social, and philosophical dimensions. The exhibition How Will We Work? will address, in both analytical and speculative ways, future forms and functions of human work, particularly targeting the role of the creative sector. With a view to the disappearance of seemingly "traditional jobs," it will raise the question about who will, and should, actively participate in redefining the terms work and future.


Participating Artists
Morehshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke;; Stephan Bogner & Philipp Schmitt; Perry Chen; Common Works; Creative Team at the UK Government Digital Service; Design Friction; Alicia Eggert; Harun Farocki; Laura Forlano, Marshall Brown, Lili Du, Ron Henderson & Jack Guthman; Lukas Franciszkiewicz (Takram); Alexandra Fruhstorfer; Anne Galloway & Dani Clode; Ian Gwilt & Joe Rolph; Sara Hendren & Caitrin Lynch; Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam; Felix Lenz, Johanna Pichlbauer, & Kati Shipilenko; Daniel Kloboucnik; Maximilian Lackner; Sam Lavigne; Lemmings; Liquid Factory; Joe Macleod; Nicholas Masterton; Tim Maughan; Me You and the Robot; Ivica Mitrović & Oleg Šuran; Charlotte Nordmoen; Normally; (OFFTIME); Fabio Hofer, Tobias Revell; Strange Telemetry; unMonastery; Addie Wagenknecht

With text contributions by
Luciano Floridi, Karen Gregory, Scott Santens, Scott Smith, Nick Srnicek, Alex Taylor, Judy WajcmanCuratorsAnab Jain, co-founder and Director, Superflux, London, and Professor, University of Applied Arts Vienna


Anab Jain, co-founder and Director, Superflux, London, and Professor, University of Applied Arts Vienna Gerald Bast, President, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Curatorial assistant
Martina Schöggl, Jake Charles Rees 

Exhibition Design
Cin Cin & Rainer Stadlbauer




Angewandte Innovation Laboratory (AIL)
Franz-Josefs-Kai 3
1010 Vienna

Mon – Fri 12 – 5 p.m.
Wed 12– 8 p.m.
Closed in August
Free admission

21.06. – 27.09.


TUE, 20.06. / 17:30

TUE, 11.07. / 17:00 – 19:30
Walkshop: Without humans, no automation?


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