Working Promesse: shifting work paradigms
The Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial 2017 will be celebrating its 10th edition from 9 March to 9 April 2017. The scientific management of the event has been entrusted to the research department of the Cité du Design led by Olivier Peyricot.
The 10th Saint-Étienne International Design Biennial will examine the ways in which the world of work is changing.
Work is one of the major preoccupations of our society and until now it provided people with an income and status. The traditional salaried forms of work seem to have evolved to the point of partially disappearing or being radically transformed with the advent of a total focus on the digital. Work culture is infused in all the strata of our society, influencing the organisation of living spaces and social relations.
These changes are taking place at a time when the economic, social and environmental crises are calling into question many aspects of the way we live and our organisations. The analysis of work is a terrain that lends itself to an obligatory re-examination of man’s relationship with nature, and the production of objects – tools, devices – whose design is seized upon with a great deal of inventiveness at the same time as they are being redefined. The appearance of new economic models, connected to major innovations in communication technologies in particular, raises issues for the conventional company relating to its very form: what will the enterprise of the future look like? What will the jobs and skills of tomorrow be? What new forms of collaboration will develop between employees and employers? What will they offer the individual in terms of his or her own existence? Are other forms of organisation possible: co-working, job-sharing, group working, project-based working, self-employment? What will the economic impacts of the digital and collaborative revolutions be, with free access, open source, communities, etc.? What objects will accompany these changes in jobs and skills? How will this new relationship with work challenge design in its production of forms, spaces or services? What are the alternatives and proposals offered by design in the post-industrial society?