FOOTPRINTS IN THE SNOW OF NOISE
Over the last decade, Manu Luksch has developed a critical practice developing a wide range of media to interrogate contemporary socio-and eco-political transformations. One focus of research has been the data trace - the digital shadow that each of us casts in networked space in the course of daily life.
The tree works introduced at our Jour Fixe, The FACELESS Project, The Orchestra of Anxiety, and Love, Piracy and the Office of Religious Weblog extension, point to the shrouding of liberty through regimes of mass surveillance, through technologies of censorship. But each work also offers a method for unveiling: through legal procedure, humor, and collective effort.
Socially engaged art focusses on research, processes, and devising of tools, beyond mere representation or reenactment. We will look at artistic strategies (Video Sniffing, legal ready-mades, Found Data Filmmaking ) to expose and investigate control technologies, and how to make outcomes of investigation tangible.
Manu Luksch, founder of Ambient Information Systems (ambientTV.NET,) is a filmmaker who works outside the frame. The moving image, and in particular the evolution of film in the digital or networked age, has been a core theme of her works. Characteristic is the blurring of boundaries between linear and hypertextual narrative, directed work and multiple authorship, and post-produced and self-generative pieces. Through her films, telematic performances and interdisciplinary works, Manu Luksch explores her preoccupation with the effects of emerging technologies on: daily life, social relations, and urban and political structures.
She is lecturing at conferences, symposia and cultural institutions and her works are shown at venues and festivals internationally. including in between others Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2012), Ars Electronica Centre (Linz 2012), Coreana Museum of Art (Seoul 2011), Norwich Castle Museum (UK 2011) and LABoral (Gijon 2010).