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The Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 will be held under the motto “Planet Love”, dedicating itself to climate care as a core challenge for the digital age. “Planet Love” describes a radically new relationship between humans and the environment which aims to use the earth conservatively instead of exploiting resources as much as possible, based on humility, respect and appreciation towards the planet’s biological diversity and beauty. The intention is to reflect on climate care as a core aspect of transformation. The organisers believe that such an approach goes far beyond decarbonising the economy and society, and also incorporates the question of how we can put our relationship with the earth on a sustainable foundation.

The Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 is planned to open on 27 May 2021. Its organisers – the Museum Angewandte Kunst (MAK), the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien and the Vienna Business Agency, as well as Kunst Haus Wien as a new partner and AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as a non-university research partner – are putting together exhibitions and discourse projects that collect visionary designs and outstanding ideas from artists, designers and architects who champion the idea of radical transformation for sustainable climate care. They aim to stimulate the imagination; promote the vision of ecologically and socially sustainable societies and economies; and offer innovative ideas and problem-solving approaches to mitigate the climate crisis, to repair and preserve ecosystems, to maintain species diversity and to use digital technologies for the benefit of the climate and environment. With the knowledge that Vienna was one of the epicentres of Western modernity at the turn of the 20th century, producing ideas that sometimes still have a lasting effect today, the Vienna Biennale is searching for answers to the major issues of the contemporary era.

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