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Design exhibition in Germany: Vitra Design Museum presents “Hello Robot. Design between Human and Machine” that explores the world of robotics

From February 11 to May 14, 2017, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein will turn a spotlight on the increasing role played by robotics in modern daily life and how the designers link the relationship between humans and machines

Feb 17, 2017 | By AFP Relaxnews

It is no doubt that the advent of technology has ushered in a major leap forward in robotics. Robots, which until now worked behind the scenes to produce cars and washing machines, are increasingly a part of everyday living. Algorithms and smart domestic appliances with the capacity to communicate are everywhere. Taking a deeper look into this robotics boom, the exhibition features notable examples from our past, present and future. The relationship and interaction between humans and robots are analyzed and explained in the four sections of the “Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine” exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum.

The first of these sections examines our era’s fascination with humanoids and the manner in which they are viewed by mass culture. The second section looks back on the initial emergence of robots in industry and the working world. This section will also explore the ongoing debate on robotics in the workplace and the extent to which they represent a threat to human employment.

On a more positive note, the third section examines how robots can offer support and friendship to humans by assuming a role in health care, providing companionship, and even functioning as sex objects. Lastly, the fourth and final section looks at the disappearance of boundaries between machines and human beings, who may be equipped with embedded devices or live in “intelligent” buildings. While touring the exhibition, visitors will be guided by 14 questions that raise controversial aspects of robotics, most notably: “Have you already met a robot?” and “Do you trust robots?”


The show will feature more than 150 exhibits from the worlds of art and design: robots that are used in homes, in health care and industry, and also video games, media installations etc. It will also provide the venue for a series of round table discussions, film screenings, workshops and performances.

“Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine” will run from February 11 to May 14, 2017, at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein

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