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.
Danilo Correale - Photo by Jorit - Courtesy the artist and Galerie Raucci/Santamaria, Naples/Milan
Shawn Maximo - Photoby Jorit - Courtesy the artist
Photo by Jorit
Hannah Black - Photo by Jorit - Courtesy the artists and Arcadia Missa, London
Danilo Correale - Courtesy the artist and Galerie Raucci/Santamaria, Naples/Mila
Shawn Maximo - Courtesy the artist
Work it, Feel it! 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
Frank Benson is one of the most fascinating sculptors of his generation of American contemporary artists. Through the years he has developed an important body of sculptures and photographs. Astrup Fearnley Collection, Oslo