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October 2017, English
12.5×18 cm, 188 pages, 163 color ill., softcover
ISBN 978-3-95679-357-8
David Jourdan
Kunsthalle Wien

The exhibition “The Promise of Total Automation” investigated our relationship to a world of machines, technological objects, and electronic devices. The prospect of a fully automated future—while acutely reshaping the notions of work, production, and value creation—also feeds emancipatory scenarios ultimately leading to the end of labor. Total automation is upon us but its liberating promise is yet to be claimed.


This book surveys the literature on that story. It tracks its fabric, layers, and mediations, and unfolds a bibliography and chronology of automation and of its promises.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition “The Promise of Total Automation,” Kunsthalle Wien, March 11–May 29, 2016.