Manu Luksch is intermedia artist whose practice interrogates conceptions of progress through the devising of tools and frameworks and the instigation of processes, with a strong emphasis on research and and collaboration – often with groups whose experience and expertise is under-recognised. She is founder of ambientTV.NET, a crucible for independent, interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of art, technology and social criticism.
Her focus is on the effects of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations, urban space, and political structures – specifically, possible futures of infrastructures, the thresholds and constraints of public space, and the traces of data that accumulate in digital networked societies.
Works are shown at venues and festivals internationally, such as Whitechapel Art Gallery (London 2012), Coreana Museum of Art (Seoul 2011), Norwich Castle Museum (UK 2011), LABoral (Gijon 2010), Hors Piste, Centre Pompidou (Paris 2008, 2009), Ars Electronica (Linz 2013. 2007, 2002), NTT ICC (Tokyo 2006), Witte de With (Rotterdam 2006).
Her internationally acclaimed film installation, FACELESS, 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.
Her recent project, Kayak Libre, commissioned by muf Art/Architecture, received the Marianne.von.Willemer Prize for Digital Arts 2012 (Ars Electronica Centre & City of Linz). Kayak Libre is an temporary experimental infrastructure in the form of a kayak taxi service along the waterways, to explore the ideas of progress and belonging: the fare is a conversation.
In 2012, Luksch was awarded the Österreichische Staatssipendium für Medienkunst.