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Artist in Residence

The Centre for Law and the Humanities hosts an Artist in Residence, to provide alternative artistic representations of the political and social issues our research highlights. This collaborative approach allows us to produce a series of thought-provoking events for students, staff and the general public.


  • 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.


  • In 2021 Artist in Residence Manu Luksch released a film, ‘Sing and Cry, Cry and Sing’, as part of the Alternative Human Rights Expo, organised in response to Expo 2020 Dubai. Expo 2020 is a World Expo, being hosted in Dubai from October 2021 to March 2022. World Expos take place every five years, and aim to bring together countries to foster cooperation and educate the general public.
  • The film focuses on the true story of the imprisonment of Polish fitness celebrity Artur Ligeska in the UAE. Artur was arrested on false charges and found himself in an isolation cell of a maximum-security prison.  Artur tells his story, and explains how the support of his neighbouring inmate, the prominent Emirati prisoner of conscience, Ahmed Mansoor, helped him to maintain hope and survive his nightmare.
  • A trailer/excerpt of the film is available to view online.


  • 2019-20 Bryonn Bain: Bryonn Bain is Brooklyn’s own hip hop theatre innovator, spoken word poetry champion, prison activist, actor, author and educator. Celebrated as 'poet laureate of the hip hop generation' by NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, Bryonn is an Associate Professor at UCLA, currently working to develop their Prison Education Program. He has appeared in discussion with some of contemporary culture's biggest names on BET’s award-winning talk show My Two Cents, authored three books and lectured and performed at over 100 colleges and correctional facilities in the USA, Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. His one-man multimedia production, Lyrics From Lockdown, tells the story of Bain’s wrongful imprisonment through hip hop theatre, spoken word poetry, calypso and classical music has received extraordinary reviews and sold out in 3 continents.
  • 2018-19 Margareta Kern: Margareta Kern's work is concerned with the politics of making visible forms of power and authority that are felt, but not always easy to articulate or even to perceive.  Her current work investigates the performative and mimetic strategies of digital capital, asking if, in an era of 'fake news' that has destabilised conventions of 'fact' and 'fiction', what role is left for art? What kind of images and approaches do we need to cultivate, to counter reactionary and rightwing imaginaries generated by post-truth politics?
  • 2017-18 Tings Chak: Tings Chak is a Hong Kong-born and Toronto-raised activist and artist, who holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto. Her work draws inspiration from, and contributes to, the migrant justice and internationalist working-class-struggles she is, and has been, part of. Her graphic novel, Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (2017), explores the role of architecture in the control of migrant bodies and the politics of visual representation. She is currently based between Johannesburg and São Paulo, contributing to popular political education projects and crafting designs towards a socialist future. 
  • 2016-17 Zuleikha Chaudhari: Zuleikha Chaudhari is a theatre director and lighting designer based in Delhi and Mumbai. Her works shift between theatre and installation, as investigations into landscapes that are neither real nor imagined and at the centre engage with the role of the viewer in the performative experience. Chaudhari is interested in the framework of law as performance, the role of performance in law and the performativity of legal-truth production. Chaudhari’s works have been shown in performance festivals, galleries and exhibitions in United States, Germany, France, Belgium, Vienna, South Africa, South Korea, China, Japan, The Netherlands, Pakistan and India. She was awarded the Sangeeta Natak Academy’s Yuva Puruskar in 2007 and the Charles Wallace India Trust Award in 2001.
  • 2014-16 Lisa Dwan: Lisa Dwan is a celebrated Irish actor who, before her residency at Birkbeck's Law School, gained critical and box office acclaim for her performance of Samuel Beckett's Not I. Lisa’s project involved helping Law staff lead a project on law and theatre, an initiative proposed by the Centre for Law and the Humanities. 
  • 2013 Yvette Vanson: Yvette was appointed as the first Artist in Residence and as an Honorary Research Fellow at the Law School in 2013. An exhibition of her work was shown at the Peltz Gallery in November and her films were shown and discussed throughout the autumn term. Yvette used a 'studio' at 16 Gower Street for painting, with an open-door policy for students and staff to visit and discuss her work on an informal basis. Yvette was also invited by the Centre for the Law and the Humanities to exhibit some paintings in March 2013 during the Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.