Part of the VIENNA ART WEEK 2015 Creating Common GoodArt is often described as a “seismograph” of sociopolitical developments. At present art is facing an unusual challenge, occasioned
by the fact that digitalization is fundamentally changing every aspect of life. Indeed, this could be deemed a new era, in
which people and the world they define are central: the “Anthropocene” or a “new modernity.” Digital Modernity has enormous
potential, but also harbors great risks—not least due to the lack of emotions and the increasing proliferation of instrumental
rationality in economics, politics, science, technology—and culture. In light of digital technologies’ ability to learn, a
substantial proportion of work that is currently accomplished by human brain and brawn will instead be executed by “machines”
(artificial intelligence/robotics) over the coming decades. However, the development of future-oriented concepts to safeguard
human self-determination and meaningful life designs depends to a large extent on human creativity.Hence, artists assume a central role in Digital Modernity. Whereas design and architecture frequently embody the definition
of “creativity as a problem-solving process,” fine art is neither able or wants to be exploited to solve problems directly.
In this open space beyond immediate utility, art can unfold its distinct, unmistakable potential. As a result of this ongoing
sociocultural transformation process that was set in motion by digitalization, art is given the opportunity to sustainably
contribute to the creation of identity, awareness, and new values for society. 7:15–8:15 p.m.Panel DiscussionMAK Director and VIENNA BIENNALE Initiator Christoph Thun-Hohenstein discusses the question “Can art improve the world?” and
if so, how? with Heinrich Dunst, ArtistBettina Goetz, ArchitectDorit Margreiter, Artist 8:30–9:30 p.m. Statements by Contemporary ArtistsInvited by the MAK, the artistsMladen BizumicAndreas FogarasiSonia LeimerValentin RuhryAnna Witt will present short statements (10 minutes each) and five pictures on the topic “Can art improve the world?” 9:30–10:30 p.m.Artists’ DiscussionClosing discussion with Mladen Bizumic, Andreas Fogarasi, Sonia Leimer, Valentin Ruhry, and Anna Witt with input from the
group of VIENNA BIENNALE 2015 partner institutions and the Vienna Biennale Circle, and with the involvement of the audience.Moderation: Marlies Wirth, MAK Curator
MAK NITE Lab / VIENNA ART WEEK
Symposium: Can Art Improve the World?
Orientation for the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017
Tue, 17.11.2015, 7.00 pm
MAK Columned Main Hall
This event will predominantly be conducted in German.
SymposiumTue, 17 Nov 2015 7 p.m.–midnightMAK Columned Main HallAdmission freeThis event will predominantly be conducted in German.
MAN DARF NUR DANN ETWAS NEUES MACHEN, WENN MAN ETWAS BESSER MACHEN KANN. ADOLF LOOS
[You should only do something new if you can do something better. (Adolf Loos)]