calendar 2010

festival participations & events by ambientTV.NET members, and open access activities at ambient space

02.Dec.10 PORTSMOUTH [UK]: Beyond Surveillance
Artistic strategies against video surveillance. A programme of short videos curated by Manu Luksch. Produced by videoclub, Brighton. Aspex Gallery, The Vulcan Building, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3BF t:023 9277 8080
27. - 31.Oct.10 PADERBORN [G]: Symposium Interventionen
Die interdisziplinären Tagung zum Thema ‚Interventionen’ an der Universität Paderborn sucht die aktuellen Bedingungen und Grenzen des Verhältnisses von Ästhetik und Politik neu zuausloten ... mit Manu Luksch unter den Beitragenden. » read more
16.Oct.10 VIENNA Literaturhaus Wien
FACELESS screening as pasrt of the Herbstfestival Neubau West
14.Oct.10 - 31.Jan.11 VIENNA: Platz da! / Make Space! European Urban Public Space.
To mark the 10th jubilee of the European Urban Public Space Awards the Architekturzentrum Wien is engaging with that often addressed and sometimes overplayed subject of Public Space. Numerous questions are posed, from: What is public space? How does it arise and does it even still exist? Who does it belong to, what does it represent and who decides, for better or for worse, over public space? Who needs it and who is allowed to use it?' Is the issue still between private and public, or more about exclusion and inclusion? And finally: 'To what extent do built structures and social conditions impact on the negotiable possibilities? All of these questions are posed in the exhibition to represent the breadth of the various levels of discussion. In addition a number of exceptional international projects are contrasted with a presentation of existing situations in Vienna, current artistic, interventionist and architectural positions, theoretical analyses of urban development and representations showing the production and negotiable possibilities of and for public spaces, with strategies of resistance and appropriation. As part of the show's Videothek, FACELESS by Manu Luksch can be watched there.
14. - 14.Oct.10 [online] ResoVision radio programme
ResoVision will be broadcasting live, presenting a programme of events, interviews and happenings from Frieze. Thurs, 2pm: Beyond Surveillance discussion anel with Ocean surveillance experts DR Matthew Gollock and Dr Kirsty Kemp from ZSL London, Simon Baker, Curator, Tate Modern, Honor Harger, Director, Lighthouse, and Manu Luksch
09.Oct.10 WEST BROMWICH [UK]: Working Together: Partnerships, Regeneration and the Common Good in the Arts and Beyond
'Working Together' is the slogan on the hoardings of many construction sites that form part of the regeneration of West Bromwich, West Midlands. Together in this are local government and large corporations as well as charities and other voluntary and non-profit bodies, as has become typical across the UK and beyond in a development most recently captured in the new government's notion of 'Big Society'. (...)

Contributors include: Steven Conolly (Town & Regional Planning, University of Sheffield), Karen Leach/John Morris (Localise West Midlands), Robin Pearson (local historian, tbc), and participating artists and researchers Cody Lee Barbour, David Berridge, Céline Siani Djiakoua, John Dummett, Anna Francis, Neil Gray, Michelle Letowska, Manu Luksch, Heather Ring, Leo Singer, Suzan Spence, Urban Research Collective & curator Monika Vykoukal.

For further details please contact Chloe Brown (email or tel 0121 524 2127)
06.Oct.10 STYRIA [AT]: launch event of AUF DIE PLÄTZE, FERTIG – FILM! 13 x Projektionen in aller Öffentlichkeit
Institut für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Steiermark and DIAGONALE, commissioned four Austrian artist filmmakers - including Manu Luksch - to create new projection pieces for public sites around Styria. Launch date: 06 Oct at Hitzendorf (near Graz), Austria. » read more
24. - 26.Sep.10 BLACK COUNTRY [UK]: Relationships / FIERCE
A weekend long mash-up of interaction, conversation, experiment, direct action and work in progress showings around the theme 'Relationships'. As part of FIERCE Festival.
23. - 30.Sep.10 HAIFA [IL]:
As part of the ANIMATE! programme of animation shorts, Make it Snow! Make it Snow! Make it Snow!, a (very) short meditation on the manipulation of winter landscapes for tourism by Manu Luksch, will be screened at the Haifa International Film Festival 2010.
18. - 26.Sep.10 LONDON: Anti Design Festival
As a response to 25 years of cultural deep freeze in the UK, the Anti Design Festival will attempt to unlock creative fires and ideas, exploring spaces hitherto deemed out-of-bounds by a purely commercial criteria.

Created initially as a direct response to the pretty commerciality of the London Design Festival, the festival will shift the focus from bums-on-seats to brain food, and from taste and style to experiment and risk. The festival will provide a rare space for unhindered exploration and creative opportunity, where ideas may fail as equally as succeed.

Directed by Neville Brody, the world-renowned graphic designer, the festival will be curated by a select group of leading practitioners in various fields. At multiple venues around Redchurch Street in London’s Shoreditch area, the festival will incorporate exhibitions, installations, workshops, performances and talks in Art, Design, Product, Film, Sound, Fashion, Performance, Print and Interactive.

10.Sep.10 - 10.Oct.10 PARIS: Big Brother is Watching You at l’Art de Rien
An exhibition scrutinising the effects of omnipresent social and surveillance media on the private-public fabric of society. Curated by Laurent Bardèche (Annexia / Lieu-Commun, Toulouse)
10. - 18.Sep.10 WEST BROMWICH [UK]: BCCA
Workshops led by Manu Luksch, which are part of the process of her project looking at the potential of the street and urban environment as learning environment...
10. - 10.Jul.10 LONDON: Wimbledon Shorts
Short film festival featuring international works of high standard. Takes place at HMV Curzon, Wimbledon. With Manu Luksch involved as judge. For details, follow link below.
24. - 26.Jun.10 COVENTRY [UK]: Interrobang 1: Regeneration. Warwick Arts Centre
A weekend long mash-ups of interaction, conversation, experiment, direct action and work in progress showings. Interrobang 1 will take the theme of regeneration as a starting point. In response to the cultural master-planning currently being implemented in Coventry and the citywide development that occurred after it was heavily bombed during the war.
23. - 24.Jun.10 LONDON: The Hole in Time: German–Jewish Political Philosophy and the Archive
A Workshop Co-Organised by Sas Mays (University of Westminster), and Leena Petersen and Nitzan Leibovic (Sussex), as part of the research project ‘Archiving Cultures’ led by Sas Mays at the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at the University of Westminster.

Left discussions of politics and history owe much to German-Jewish theories of temporality that emerged in response to the political crises of twentieth-century Europe. Such theories problematized both the life of the individual and how the state perceived it. Given the rise of bureaucratisation, surveillance and control defining the modern state, and the concommitant rise in theoretical interest in ‘the archive’, the workshop ‘German-Jewish Political Philosophy and the Archive’ brings together interested parties to engage with German-Jewish conceptions of temporality, history, and crisis in terms of their archival dimensions, and to open discussion of German-French dialogue in critical philosophy in this context.

1.00 – 3.00 Panel 5: The External Archive Chair: Esther Leslie (Birkbeck) Andy Fisher (Goldsmiths): ‘Quiet Life’
Manu Luksch (London): ‘Moonwalking in RealTime’

University of Westminster, Portland Hall, 4–16 Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7UW » read more

18.Jun.10 LONDON: Party With Purpose & Exstatic Sounds
8 pm - 6 am 3 Rooms of Live Music // DJ's // Bands // Acoustic Performance // Visuals // Chill Out Area

Party to raise funds for the Akha community to improve communication across borders (China, Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand), assert the value of being Akha, and promote sustainable development grounded in indigenous knowledge, practices and wisdom.

E-MAIL Emma, PARTY.WI.PURPOSE@GMAIL.COM OR TEXT 07888 691737 FOR ADDRESS; £6 before 10pm // £8 guestlist // £10 door » read more

29.Apr.10 GRAZ [AT]: Shared Space – Perspektiven für eine neue Kultur des öffentlichen Raums
19 Uhr: Filmabend in Kooperation mit der DIAGONALE, Festival des österreichischen Films. Faceless, Regie: Manu Luksch, A/UK 2007, 50 min Body Trail, Regie: Michael Palm & Willi Dorner, A 2008, 8 min begleitend zur Ausstellung 'Shared Space': eine neue Strategie zur umfassenden Gestaltung des öffentlichen Raums als Ausdruck, Medium und Bühne des sozialen Lebens. Entstanden aus dem engeren Themenkreis von Verkehrssicherheit und Straßenplanung ist in den vergangenen Jahren ein erfrischend neues Gestaltungsparadigma herangewachsen, das eine radikalisierte Form von Partizipation eröffnet und den öffentlichen Raum konsequent als multifunktionalen Raum erfasst. Dieser Raum wird neu gestaltet und belebt, nicht reguliert und zerteilt. Die Aufenthaltsqualität vor Ort wird in den Mittelpunkt gerückt. Shared Space ist der von allen gemeinsam genutzte Raum, der offene Raum im Herzen der Gesellschaft. Haus der Architektur, Palais Thinnfeld, Mariahilferstraße 2, 8020 Graz
29.Apr.10 HANNOVER [D]: Themenabend "Videoüberwachung"
20:30 Esc[Ctrl]-Reihe: Themenabend "Videoüberwachung". Referent Michael Ebeling, AK Vorratsdatenspeicherung, und Projektion des Films "FACELESS" (A/GB 2007), Kino im Sprengel, Hannover
videoclub & Index on Censorship present BEYOND SURVEILLANCE, curated by Manu Luksch. A screening of art works developed in response to and in counteraction against surveillance technologies, with a panel of speakers discussing the consequences of and alternatives to surveillance in our daily life. What are the consequences of surveillance on our daily lives? Is surveillance provoking a climate of self-censorship? Is a society without a paternalistic infrastructure of control, such as surveillance and censorship, possible? As surveillance technologies become more ubiquitous – from CCTV to data-mining on websites to mobile phones to Google streetcar – does it not become ever more important to consider the implications and to develop creative, radical responses, counteracting and reversing acts of surveillance? Artist and curator Manu Luksch has selected several works which explore differing aspects of re-activism to surveillance technologies; selected artists include: Michelle Teran, David Valentine, Caspar Below, and The Bureau of Inverse Technology. Panel - Caspar Below – artist - Julia Farrington – Head of Arts at Index on Censorship - Manu Luksch – ambientTV.NET / artist - David Valentine – artist Manu Luksch is highly celebrated for her work investigating the use of surveillance technologies in artistic practice: In particular her work Faceless has been internationally recognised and celebrated for its approach in exploring CCTV / surveillance technology in society.
23.Apr.10 - 22.Sep.10 GIJON [SP]: LABoral. El Proceso como Paradigma: Love, Piracy...
Before the background of unforeseen global processes, credit crash and climate change, the exhibition El proceso como paradigma researches the nature of processes and self organising, processual systems on a cultural level and in the arts. El proceso como paradigma puts forward the idea that today processes have become one of the major paradigms and creative strategies in contemporary art and design across the disciplines. The show reveals the elementary shift from a culture based on the concept of manifestation and the final product to a culture of process resulting from a networked society. Consequently, the show introduces a new understanding of process-based art which goes beyond previous definitions. Process as Paradigm suggests that the new process-based art is the art of the 21st century. (curatorial statement by Lucas Evers and Susanne Jaschko)
15.Apr.10 BIRMINGHAM [UK]: Fierce ‘Caravan of Artists’ 2010-11
On 15 April we will be showing the book launch performance & installation LOVE, PIRACY as part of the introductory launch of the Fierce Festival in Birmingham, leading up to a new project culminating in February 2011. AE Harris in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter.
13. - 15.Apr.10 LONDON: A Global Surveillance Society?
At this 4th Biannual Surveillance and Society Conference, Manu Luksch will introduce a programme of works, which are exposing legal, social, and aesthetic dimensions of CCTV surveillance systems through artistic investigation.
10.Apr.10 LONDON: Movana Chen @
Movana is staying at for her project "Traveling into your Bookshelf", supported by jump+. Movana is Hong Kong -based artist, "exploring wearable art by creating "body containers" sculptures, which are to examine the relationship between clothes and the media, and also to reflect on our consumption of disposable commodities. Through the knitting of these multi-languages hidden with the magazine papers, we learn about communication. It creates an alternative way of reading and exploring art as a dialogue between visual language and the viewers." (artist's website)
07. - 10.Apr.10 TOULOUSE [FR]: Empreintes Numériques #4
Screening of Faceless and other videoworks on surveillance by Manu Luksch at Empreintes Numériques #4. Festival statement: Nous vivons dans un monde sous surveillance… panopticon empreintes numeriquesLes traces que nous laissons sur le réseau ne font déjà plus partie de notre vie intime; elles alimentent le profil de nos doubles virtuels dans le monde numérisé. Tout comme la carte n'est pas le territoire, un monde virtuel, reflet du notre, prend forme dans l'ADN binaire des ordinateurs. Ainsi chacun de nous contribue au projet de numérisation de la totalité des objets du monde que se donne pour objectif le marché interconnecté. Ce monde virtuel, concrétise le vieux rêve du panoptique universel. Il permet aux différents systèmes de contrôle inhérents aux technologies numériques, une surveillance officielle ou secrète de nos vies, nos images, nos sentiments, nos désirs, nos projets ...
27.Mar.10 POITIERS [FR]: FACELESS @ Raison d'Agir festival
Screening of FACELESS at Raison d'Agir festival in Poitiers.
20.Mar.10 LONDON: Stuart Bowditch @
Sound artist Stuart is presenting some of his works at 4 pm onwards; DJ set plus lots of art including The Vibe Cube installation (with Damien Robinson) and music from Dollboy (DJ Set) Konntinent vs Isnaj Dui plus more tbc
18. - 20.Mar.10 LONDON & international: ElectroSmog Festival
ElectroSmog Festival of sustainable immobility will take place telematically through scheduled video chat channels. London node Chelsea College invites to join at location for some of the scheduled events. Manu Luksch, Mukul Patel and ambient.lounge guests Armin Medosch, Lorax and Oncler, are participating on Friday, 19 March 19:00 (GTM), at "Public media art projects and sustainability".
26. - 26.Jan.10 BOMBAY/MUMBAI [IN]: Love, Piracy and the Office of Religious Weblog Expansion
What better way to spend Republic Day than CAMPing out with Ambient Information Systems? Participatory performance/installation/book launch + screening + music. » read more
26. - 26.Jan.10 BOMBAY/MUMBAI [IN]: FACELESS screening
Screening of FACELESS and afterparty! » read more
19. - 19.Jan.10 AHMEDABAD [IN]: Love, Piracy and the Office of Religious Weblog Expansion
Participatory performance/installation and book launch at the School of Architecture, Ahmedabad. 15.00 - 18.30 » read more
19. - 19.Jan.10 AHMEDABAD [IN]: FACELESS screening and discussion
Screening of FACELESS and related shorts, followed by a discussion on the policing of urban space and information space. at: School of Architecture, CEPT University » read more
15.Jan.10 KINGSTON [ON] Surveillance Studies Centre: SCAN
1:30 - 2:30pm: Film Screening of Faceless by Manu Luksch, Art Centre Atrium. Introduced by David Murakami Wood
30.Oct.09 - 10.Jan.10 NOTTINGHAM [UK]: No Visible Means of Escape - Contemporary Art, Imprisonment and Surveillance
The Nottingham Castle Museum will show FACELESS by Manu Luksch as part of the exhibition 'No Visible Means of Escape'.
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