IDRV meets Post-Labouratory <br />VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 2018

IDRV meets Post-Labouratory

The  IDRV – Institute of Design Research will be part of the Stadtarbeit* format at this year’s Vienna Design Week 2018.

For the Vienna Design Week  the IDRV together with the designer Ottonie von Roeder opens a temporary office in order to prototypically abolish labour and to visualize a future withour labour.

Since 2016, the subject of work has been in fokus of the IDRVs design research. As part of the CityFactory – a cooperative format and „real-time research laboratory for new fields of creative work – the future of work has been intensively researched and discussed. The visualization of new, sustainable (design) fields of work took place in the exhibition CityFactory: New Work. New Design, which was shown at the MAK in 2017 in context of the Vienna Biennale.

Ottonie von Roeder is a German designer working in the field of critical and speculative design. In her master thesis at the Design Academy Einhoven last year, she already focused on the automation of work and the future of full-time employment. The result of her thesis, the project Post-Labouratory, will be further developed together with IDRV this year.

What happens when robots, machines and A.I. take your job? What would you teach this technology about your work? Which of our passions will we discover in a future without work? And what is it that you really, really want to do in the future?

The rapidly increasing automation of human labour forces us to rethink the value and social organization of work. At the same time, this opens up the potential of a sustainable, cultural change – From Labour to an activity, that we really, really want to do.**

From 28.09.-07.10.2018 Viktoria Heinrich (IDRV) and Ottonie von Roeder (Post-Labouratory) will take over the temporary work office at the festival headquaters of the Vienna Design Week. In daily walk-in hours and various workshops with visitors of the festival as well as experts in the field of labour, the future of work, sustainable alternatives and the potentials of a society without labour will be discussed, negotiated and made visible.

What does the robot look like, that will replace you in the future?


IDRV meets Post Labouratory – From Labour to Work
Festival Headquaters, Sophienspital
Apollogasse 19, 1070 Wien

Opening hours
28.09.-07.10., Mon-Thu 15-18h, Fri-Sun 11-18h

Walk-in hours: 01.10.-04.10, 15-18h
Workshops: 30.09., 04.10., from 15h
Cocktail: 29.09., 18h


* The Stadtarbeit, an open format of the Vienna Design Week, offers designers the opportunity to participate at the festival with social design projects. Collectives as well as individuals are invited to question the position of design in society and develop and visualize new ideas to socially relevant topics from a design perspective.
** Bergmann, Frithjof: Neue Arbeit, Neues Kultur, Arbor Verlag, Freiamt, 2004.

Illustration: Ottonie von Roeder, 2017
Photos: IDRV, 2018 / Branko Popovic, 2017