projects

  CODE/CITY
CODE / CITY, an installation about the nexus of Big Data, Smart Cities and the cognitive Internet of Things concepts that drive urban development, premieres at DIGITAL CATAPULT, London.
  Smart City ABC
A jargon buster to scrutinise the terminology of and harness the debate about Smart City technologies
  DREAMS REWIRED
Award-winning essay film by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart and Thomas Tode, narrated by Tilda Swinton, produced by Amour Fou Filmproduktion/ Bildschön/ Ambient Information Systems. Screenings include 44th Int'l Rotterdam Film Festival, Xth Orphans, 41st Seattle Int'l Film Festival, 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Film Forum New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, Technisches Museum Vienna, Moscow Int'l Documentary Film Festival
  Love, Piracy, and the Office of Religious Weblog Expansion
BERMONDSEY PROJECT SPACE 13th - 16th JUNE 2014. The book is also available at Amazon Live art installation and collaborative reading project, based on a text about censorship in Iran... [VIDEO mp4]
  A|R|C
A|R|C invites international artists for month-long collaborative residencies at ambient.space studios {London]. Currently artist-in-residency, Makiko Yamamoto, will give a talk this Sunday, 12th Oct 2014, 5pm...
  Function Creep
tactical fiction project. www.function-creep.com coming soon!
  Beyond Surveillance
Artistic strategies against video surveillance. A programme of short videos curated by Manu Luksch.
  Kayak Libre
Explore the desires for possible futures of mobility as online snapshots of conversations. Geo-website and intervention in public space, KAYAK LIBRE was awarded the Marianne von Willemer Prize for Digital Art.
  SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
Premiered under the title The Order at the Centre Pompidou, Les cinemas, Paris (April 16th, 09), this piece has been re-worked and newly released this October.
  publication AMBIENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS Luksch/Patel
The publication Ambient Information Systems elucidates the work of Manu Luksch, Mukul Patel and collaborators as part of the wave of critical art that has emerged alongside the rise of digital networks. Available from Amazon
  Who Owns The Weather
An investigation into the human desire to control weather events
  Limitations Permitted
handheld 3D cinema about the hyper-regulation of public space by Manu Luksch
  The Spy School
Each exercise scrutinises the public - private borderline of post-9/11 daily life in a climate where the ethic of surveillance is in the ascendancy and the development of its technologies in overdrive.
  FACELESS
CCTV sci-fi fairy-tale narrated by Tilda Swinton. [DVD] [trailer] [screening dates]
  Third Quarterly Report
double-projection installation by Manu Luksch, world premiered at 'art meets science' exhibtion HYBRIDS: On the borderline between Art and Technology. Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens. 8 Nov 2016-15 Jan 2017
  UNMÖGLICHE RAHMENBEDINGUNGEN (The Impossible Framework)
Projector-torch led intervention piece in public space during the Langen Nacht der Museen in Vienna, 3rd Oct 2015
  Spiral Pass - Maliphant/Mukul
  Unknown Territories [C4's Random Acts]
[selected for Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015, 5-10 June 2015] This three-minute film by Manu Luksch explores the contemporary art of pole dancing and its image in society through Elena Gibson, one of the genre's celebrated performers. The soundtrack includes Elena's accounts of cornerstone events in her relationship to pole dancing.
  WE'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER
* short-listed for the Royal Society Young People Book Award 2014 * An illustrated book by Mukul Patel for ages 10+ that introduces real mathematics - the kind you don't get taught at school. In it you'll discover the game of life, a better way to board planes, and why some infinities are bigger than others… and also moose, wolves, bikes with triangular wheels, and the longest poem in the world. Includes puzzles and challenges, biographies, and a guide to where to find out more. And a rocking quote from Henri Poincaré: "Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things'."
  A NEW AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE short film
An experimental stereoscopic 3D fiction film.
  The Occluded Front
LONDON 02 AUG Launch reception: Preliminary Report by Special Works School.
  blue-sky blueprint / Architekturbüro LichtPause
21 Sept - 23 Oct 2011: exhibited at CGP LONDON: Café Gallery, SE16. A radical re-visioning of public spaces as learning environments, this short film results from an unusual collaboration between architectural modellers and the (primary) researchers and designers – local children.
  soon at ambient.space
April: Hong Kong-based artist Movana Chen will be Travelling into ambient's Bookshelf >>>
  ElectroSmog Festival
The ElectroSmog Festival of Sustainable Immobility takes place telematically on scheduled video chat channels. London-based node, Chelsea College of Art & Design, invites to join for some of the events. Manu Luksch, Mukul Patel and ambient.lounge guests Armin Medosch, Heather Ring, and the Lorax are presenting on Friday, 19 March 19:00 (GTM), at "Public media art projects and sustainability". Free, booking essential. info[at]ambientTV.NET. where: ambient.space
  The Spy School exercise #8
Workshop on 1 July 2009: UNFOLDABLE TEMPORARY PUBLIC SPACE, supported by Para/Site Art Space and Videotage, Hong Kong
  The Dancers' Cut
A small-scale retrospective to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary in 2008. Four dancers and a film-maker look back at the best work from recent years.
  A NEW AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE
Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst (NL) from 14. Nov 08 : This is the story of a woman who does everything by the booklet... A NEW AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE is a suite of works (installations, book, film) based on the language of user manuals. Originally commissioned by SPACE Studios and Queen Mary College London, works are now installed as part of the group show 'Speaking Out Loud', Amsterdam.
  First Thursday exhibitions
6th Nov 2008: ambient.space & Lucy Thane present: Crisis in the Credit System by Melanie Gilligan; Aju J's New Year Feast – In the Year of the Fire Dog by Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel, and live music by Petit Mal...
  Wireless Camera Filmmaking Workshops
film workshops with young people, exploring CCTV and wireless cameras for story telling
  recursively yours,
three sound and light works by mukul
  Mapping CCTV around Whitehall
A short video about mapping locations and range of CCTV cameras in central London. [ VIDEO 160 sec, QT]. upcoming screenings as part of PLAYING WITH SPACE: firstsite Gallery Colchester 26 MAR; LADA London 25 MAR 2015
  AMBIENT.VISTA
The works of ambient.vista artist-in-residence programme 2008 were shown at V2 The Wharf London. The catalogue is downloadable as pdf.
  Make it snow! Make it snow! Make it snow!
... is a one-minute film commission Animate Projects and RSA Arts & Ecology as part of Stop. Watch. in association with Arts Council England and Channel 4. The film is a (very) short meditation on the manipulation of winter landscapes for tourism that points to their fragility and recalls the need for a holistic perspective. The video was shown at Centre Pompidou HORS PISTES 09, and premiered at the International China Youth Arts Festival in Beijing. [VIDEO mp4]
  Diamonds and Clover Leaves
04 Sept 2008 at ambient.space : An open-air exhibition of photography by Manu Luksch. During a visit to Beijing in 1996, she took images of newly built, empty road intersections. Between 1966 and 1996, over 60 road intersections were built in Beijing, some of them over 500m long and covering an area of 250,000 sq. m
  Nagaratharan by Attakalari
Nagaratharan – ‘Inter city’ – is a spectacular surround sound dance, performance and light installation developed for the Mayor’s Trafalgar Square Fstival 2007 by Attakalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore. Mukul Patel composed a multi-point sound installation that bridged 2000 years of the multifaceted history of the city of Bangalore, and suggested formulations for its fast-approaching future.
  IST - New clocks for the city of Lille
IST. New clocks for the city of Lille. by Mukul Patel. commissioned by Lille 3000 (2006/2007)
  Squaring the Circle, Circling the Square
misfits, miscreants, square pegs in round holes... or perhaps round pegs in square holes? Three artists cast distorting eyes over Trafalgar Square, presenting twisted geometries over 12 panels of the London Lomowall during the The Lomography World Congress. (17. - 23. Sept 07).
  Indian Music Resource
A new online resource of materials on the music of North India, based on Mukul's studies with Sohan Nilkanth: sound and text, coming soon...
  Orchestra of Anxiety
A collection of musical instruments that use materials and technologies from the security and surveillance industries in their construction. -> [watch video documentation ]
  voluptuously blinking eye (VBI)
The exhibition and laboratory SATELLITE OF LOVE highlights alternatives to what the larger public might consider to be ‘the renewed potential’ of the television medium. This event takes place during the The 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam, which teamed up with Witte de With center for contemporary art, Rotterdam for the exhibition "Satellite of Love" (To 26 March, 2006). VBI, an ambientTV.NET production, will feature the artists Lektrolab (Emma Davidson & Paul B. Davis), Rachel Baker, Tina Hage, Juha Huuskonen, Manu Luksch, and Mukul Patel. To participate in Lektrolab's teletext channel 'Microtel', read on here. Also check out the photo blog
  AV DINNERS 02: Aju J's New Year Feast – In the Year of the Fire Dog
video installation by Manu Luksch and Mukul Patel. Premiered at Temporary Art Museum Soi Sabai, Bangkok, 11–17 Feb 2006. [ watch video online]
  ambient.lounge
Photos and reviews about ambient.lounge went online. For the re-opening show Connecting Worlds at the NTT ICC in Tokyo (Sept 2006) ambientTV.NET create the ambient.lounge as a space to browse works, relax, connect, reflect, dream, snack pixels and sounds.
  species of spaces
mukul at CEPT School of Architecture, Ahmedabad, India
  Unscheduled TV
by Rachel Baker for VBI
  Hinges On
responsive media installation on the economic grey zones of the ICT sector in and around Bangalore, developed by Manu and Mukul's students at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, India. later presented at Ars Electronica 2005, Austria.
  kertal at ambientspace
Matthias Kertal of Austrian electronica band mika graced ambientspace during his summer artist-in-residence stay to work on a new release... UPDATE!!! Polman Reisen released!
  THE FINN~ISH
* Ultrasound 2005 Warm-up * * PixelACHE festival get-together * * Finnish finish(ish) for ambientTV.NET's Manu & Mukul*
  Fly Stories
Migration, Movement, Mobility: Road Cinema and Film Workshops in Northern Thailand as part of the Fly With Me project
  (il)legal art?
article looking at various ways net.art intersects with the law, in Low-fi's net-locator (click: Guest Selection Feb 05)
  Bombay, Badarpur Border
a suite of interactive installations by Shaina Anand, Mukul Patel and Ashok Sukumaran at the Apeejay Media Gallery, Badarpur Border, New Delhi, India.
  THE EYE (2005)
choreography for surveilled space: a dance/film/installation piece by Manu Luksch in collaboration with Michal Nunn & William Trevitt (The Ballet Boyz)
  VIRTUAL BORDERS DVD
publication of the DVD 'Virtual Borders' in eight languages
  Digital Analogue Soundclash
jam session between sound giants Tuomas Toivonen and Mukul Patel (kiasma Theatre, ISEA 2004)
  CD Songs & Sounds from Luang Namtha province, Lao PDR
  Myriorama
dance performance for a location-aware media environment in collaboration with kondition pluriel
  Bow Space
creation of an audio-visual memory map of the fast-changing neighbourhood of Bow, East London
  TRyPTiCHON 2.0
contemporary dance production for a live locative media environment, shown at the Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki during pixelACHE 2004.
  Movie Stars
30 second silent movie featuring fishy stars by the bucketload!
  Our Man In Baghdad
weblog by photographer Chris based in Iraq during the American invasion. currently offline.
  demo TV
DIY broadband channel by and for local communities
  England Expects... (Nelson not Nelson)
Public sound art piece for the Ghettoblaster Ensemble in Trafalgar Square (Summer in the Square, May 2004). For 7 ghettoblasters and a megaphone, the piece anticipates Nelson's bicentennial by a year and recalls the less offical history of the square: political gatherings, protests, the bombing during WW2, and the other Nelson speaking from South Africa House.
  Video as urban condition
explores the ways in which video has become part of the urban fabric: for the first event of this series, Anthony Auerbach and Manu Luksch co-curated the video-pool and symposium...
  Who Watches The Watchmen?
Ambient Information Systems is delighted to announce the launch of its 'September 11' T-shirt collection, celebrating the Total Information Awareness logo of the US DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency).
  TRyPTiCHON 1.0
Participants map their emotions during walks through the city, using networked location-aware technologies. Premiered at DMZ Festival, London.
  Diaspora.In.Synchro.City
multichannel, mobile sound work for public space composed and choreographed by Mukul for Danish group SSSHHHH Ghettoblaster Ensemble
  SUSHI with LOUSHY
reception held by Tel Aviv-based art consultant Loushy at ambientspace, where guests partake of Koko's artfully composed sushi orgy.
  AV DINNERS 01: Epic Eros
live and online audio-visual gastronomic event with artist-cuisinière Vitamin AA and Koko di Mari.
  Suvara
Remix competition in association with Radio FRO 105.0 FM (Linz, Austria). New and established producers (including Equal-I, Chandrasonic from Asian Dub Foundation, and Mukul) reinterpret a traditional Afghani song by Rafi Hanif. Very limited double vinyl LP and downloads available here...
  The Spy School #3
Students of the E-Media Centre of the Eesti Kunsti Akadeemia present three new works for an electronic billboard in public space, developed in workshops led by Manu and Mukul. The artists used surveillance technologies including miniature wireless cameras.
  The Spy School #2
Projection piece commenting on Kingston upon Hull's history as British slave trade harbour and home to Abolitionist William Wilberforce.
  The Café Event
telematic dance piece by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company in collaboration with ambientTV.NET for DNAsia at Watermans Gallery, London.
  AJU JUPOH
artist-in-residence Aju Jupoh, of the Akha people in Thailand, works on music and film projects during his stay at ambientspace.
  Look East (Look Far East)
Another New Year's Eve spent dancing at ambientspace to fireworks over the City and the sun rising over Docklands.
  Virtual Borders
a documentary film by Manu Luksch
  Standing up to close scrutiny
photography by Manu Luksch
  The flipflop Project
first development stage of the telematic performance of one character, two bodies: the in-venue performer and the roaming performer
  Telejam 04
audio-visual tele-jamming session during the exhibition Castle of Light by Latvian artist Voldemars U.
  Mediascape in Israel and Palestine
Listen to four positions on the media in Israel and Palestine. [interviews by Manu Luksch, Nov 2002–Jan 2003]
  ON AIR
a platform for emerging musicians, particularly from the Middle-Eastern and South Asian communities, to present their work to the local community and the wider world.
  The Spy School #1
party-intervention piece using surveillance technology for VideoZone, Tel Aviv.
  Karaoke Busking
Laptop/harmonica jam session and sound installation to create an acoustic underground train station, as part of White Space Gallery's antifashion exhibition.
  Free PostSovietRevolution!
Font project by paulkhera
  iloveyouviewmasterspirographambientTV.NET
Triple-M (+ Pete & 10¥)'s 24hr birthday party
  Arabian Nights 2002
Read 1001 tales about the tent-warming and New Year's party at ambientspace...
  Stealth Waltz
Commissioned by Kingdom of Piracy, the net.art piece Stealth Waltz depicts a scenario in which cultural expression, particularly music, is under the control of copyright holders (Mac only)...
  ambient.wireless
Having established a node and server at the ambientTV.NET space in 2001, ambient.wireless aims to support the expansion of the local wireless community network in London E8 and to develop projects and events that scrutinize and exploit ways of making use of wireless
  acoustic.space.lab
The 32m radio telescope, formerly a Soviet spy station, at VIRAC, Latvia serves as location and tool for this workshop and symposium...
  Telejam 02
RIGASOUND.ORG - AMBIENTTV.NET - RADIO FRO celebrate the 3rd anniversary of independent Austrian broadcaster Radio FRO 105.0FM with a transcontinental audiovisual jam session over networks.
  Telejam 01
TELEJAM is a forum where audiovisual artists and musicians explore the possibilities and limitations of streaming media and its interaction with other media and physical spaces.
  BROADBANDIT HIGHWAY
Self-generative, endless road movie consisting of images from hijacked online traffic surveillance cameras. The movie started in March 2001 (and so is over 5 years long) and finishes the moment the last webcam is "reclaimed" by its owner and taken offline...
  Channel26 at Please Disturb Me
Video art channel on the hotel TV system at the Great Eastern Hotel, London; curated by Ilze Black and Manu Luksch for the Please Distub Me! show.
  pornvirusmp3 at The Big Blue
The poster work "pornvirusmp3" by Ilze Black and Manu Luksch, shown at Tate Modern's "Century Cities", summarizes the three most searched-for key words on the Internet.
  Highlights 2000 of Tate Modern
Tate Modern commissions ambientTV.NET to post-produce the first year of their talks programme, and to develop a streaming media interface.
  streaming video of "Only Connect: Soil, Soul, Society"
Andrew Marr, Anita Roddick, Thomas Moore, Vandana Shiva, David Whyte, Jane Goodall, Ann Pettifor, Geoff Mulgan, Satish Kumar and Jonathan Porritt speak at the Only Connect Conference, London. Find their complete presentations online here...
  independent media coverage of "Mayday 2000"
photos, videos, interviews produced and distributed during the anti-capitalism protests on mayday 2000 in London
  streaming video of "International Indian Film Awards"
The International Indian Film Awards 2000 take place in London. As part of the behind-the-scenes film team, Manu speaks to Jackie Chan, Kylie Minogue, Sonali, Yukta - Miss World 1999 and many more....
  streaming video of "Expo Destructo"
interviews with the media & net cultures crowd brought together by Expo Destructo, London. Manu (B_studios) ran the blue-or-red video corner, which was streamed live by Gio, James and Harl (backspace)...enjoy!