The Vienna Biennale Circle, a flexible platform of Vienna-based personalities from different fields, is working on developing the cornerstones of a new humanism in Digital Modernity, to be presented in the form of an exhibition manifesto.
MAK Columned Main Hall, Upper Floor
The manifesto will contain an update of humanist ideals in times of all-encompassing digitalization, especially in the area of data security, while at the same time thematizing the boundary between human being and digital machine: How much bodily and intellectual enhancement can a human being tolerate?

The exhibition manifesto will also speculate as to how robots outfitted with super-intelligence can be induced to behave humanistically towards humans, since the relationship between man and digital machine is emerging as a key question of Digital Modernity: Robots and their concomitant artificial intelligence (AI) systems will soon overtake humans in terms of their numbers and the transition from specialized AI to a super-intelligence surpassing any kind of human intelligence is approaching. Thus, the new digital humanism encompasses not only relationships between people, but also the constructive coexistence of people and digital machines, inclusive of future super-intelligence. This endows the quest for a new 21st century humanism with a whole other dimension.

Supporting Program on the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017

Regular guided tours:
Overview tour – in German
Tue, 6–7 p.m.
admission free, € 3,50 attendance fee

Sun, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon
MAK admission ticket + € 5 attendance fee

Overview tour – in Englisch
Sat, 2:30 p.m.–4 p.m.
MAK admission ticket + € 5 attendance fee

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine
Sun, 3–4 p.m.
MAK admission ticket + € 3,50 attendance fee

Further tours and events at the VIENNA BIENNALE Calender at


VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future, edited by the MAK, German/English, 160 pages with numerous color illustrations, MAK Vienna/Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna 2017. Available at the MAK Design Shop and online at for € 9.80.

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine
Catalog edited by Mateo Kries, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Amelie Klein; with contributions by Rosi Braidotti, Douglas Coupland, Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby (Dunne & Raby), Christoph Engemann, Paul Feigelfeld, Gesche Joost, Amelie Klein, Carlo Ratti, Bruce Sterling, Marlies Wirth i.a.. Cover illustration: Christoph Niemann. Softcover, English, 328 pages, ca. 250 images, mainly in color. Available at the MAK Design Shop and online at for € 49,90.

Artificial Labor – e-flux

Artificial Labor is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the MAK, Vienna within the context of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future.

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