What makes work worth the effort? How do our daily actions give meaning to our lives and to our physical environment?

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Contemporary urban sentiment indicates a desire for a local, fairer, more sustainable, and a more meaningful world: the beer-brewing hipster, the hand-knitted sweater, and the hacker helping to build an open source project.

But what is the relationship between craft beer and the self-driving car? Between the renewed appreciation for skilled manual work and the rapid development of advanced robotics and artificial intelligence? How do these two developments align with each other?

Our exhibition ‘Workshop for the New World’ (1 May-5 July 2015, Bureau Europa) explores the past, present, and future of work; how work determines our physical and social environment. By looking at work’s future, we investigate possibilities for a sustainable and inclusive world.

The exhibition explores and expands the definition of work, reinterprets the history of work and defines new strategies for work’s future, and features a two month long program where we test the New World and submit it to contemporary thinkers and doers.

You can read our analysis and the future scenario’s here:
Workshop of the New World (ENG)
Werkplaats voor de Nieuwe Wereld (NL)

And explore our historic-futuristic hypothesis further in this online map:
The WNW Historical—Futuric Map

Rene Boomkens and Bas Heijne will respond in a lecture to our New World hypothesis:
— Rene Boomkens — Wednesday 27 May 2015 — Bureau Europa
— Bas Heijne — Wednesday 10 June 2015 — Bureau Europa