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'Legal Readymades' and Other Terms of Art

Venue: Online

The Centre for Law and the Humanities welcomes Artist in Residence, Manu Luksch for this online seminar.

Senegalese rappers, an Emirati blogger, and queen of the silver screen Tilda Swinton – these are just some of the voices that inhabit my works, which interrogate archives, regimes and processes in networked society. Concretely, I craft interdisciplinary approaches to identify critical points and latent contradictions in political and technological architectures, to then pivot these systems against themselves.

In this talk, I’ll illustrate my practice using a range of works including the speculative fiction film FACELESS, compiled from surveillance recordings recovered under data protection legislation; media installation LIMITATIONS PERMITTED, which translates urban bye-laws into a differently-accessible spatial language; and ALGORITHMIC CITY WALK, an AR phone app in the making that uses tactical fiction to provoke discussion about algorithmic decision making processes.

Beforehand, you are invited to view ALGO-RHYTHM (2019, 14 min), a hip-hop musical on electioneering and voter micro-targeting via this link.  

ALGO-RHYTHM (2019; AT/UK/SEN; 14min)


Password: ALGOsenegal

About the Speaker

Manu Luksch is the Artist in Residence at Birkbeck's School of Law.

Through her films and art works, Manu Luksch researches the effects of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations, urban space and political structures. Her current focus is on corporate-governmental relationships and the social effects of predictive analytics in the algorithmic city. Her work is included in the Collection de Centre Pompidou, the BFI National Archive and the Core Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Her awards include: Globale Perspektiven Award 2020, ZONTA Award – 65th Kurzfilmfest Oberhausen 2019, Open Media Award 2019, Best Feature – Moscow International Documentary Film Festival 2016, Elevate Artivism Award 2015 and the M. v. Willemer Prize by Ars Electronica Centre and City of Linz.

Manu is a Resident Artist at Somerset House and a founding member of ambientTV.NET (Ambient Information Systems), a long-time collaboration with Mukul Patel. She was formerly Open Society Fellow 2018 and visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London.

This event is open to the public and free to attend however booking is required via this page. The event will be hosted on Collaborate, a free to access website. You will be sent a link to access the event upon registration.

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