Manu Luksch is filmmaker and artist who interrogates conceptions of progress and scrutinises the effects of network technologies on social relations, urban space, and political structures. Her widely acclaimed speculative fiction film FACELESS (2002-07), narrated by Tilda Swinton and part of the Collection Centre Pompidou, pioneered the notion of ‘legal readymades’ by appropriating data protection legislation into a process for filmmaking.
Works are shown at venues and festivals internationally, such as CPH:DOX (Copenhagen 2015), I'ntl Film Festival Rotterdam 2015, Arsenals Latvian National Museum of Art (Riga 2014), Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2012), Coreana Museum of Art (Seoul 2011), LABoral (Gijon 2010), Hors Piste, Centre Pompidou (Paris 2008, 2009), Ars Electronica (Linz 2013, 2007, 2002), NTT ICC (Tokyo 2006).
Luksch's most recent feature-documentary, DREAMS REWIRED, co-directed with M.Reinhart/Th.Tode and also voiced by Tilda Swinton, traces the desires and anxieties of today's hyper-connected world back more than a hundred years, when early electric media sparked a fervent utopianism in the public imagination.
Luksch was awarded the ELEVATE prize 2015, Austrian Media Arts Prize 2012 and Marianne.von.Willemer Prize for Digital Arts 2012 (Ars Electronica Centre & City of Linz).