Plakat Faceless


a film by Manu Luksch

SCIENCE FICTION | 2007 | Austria, Great Britain | 50 min | Color | Video

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In a society under the reformed 'Real-Time' Calendar, without history nor future, everybody is faceless. A woman panics when she wakes up one day with a face. With the help of the Spectral Children she slowly finds out more
about the lost power and history of the human face and begins the search for its future.
Faceless was produced under the rules of the 'Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers'. The manifesto states, amongst other things, that additional cameras are not permitted at filming locations, as the omnipresent existing video surveillance (CCTV) is already in operation.

Director: Manu LukschScreenplay: Manu LukschCamera: Londons öffentliche VideoüberwachungskamerasMusic: Rupert Huber, Mukul
Production: Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
Diagonale 2007
PixelACHE(Helsinki) - 29.3 - 1. 4. 2007

Manu Luksch

Manu, is a filmmaker who works outside the frame. As practitioner and theorist in interdisciplinary media arts, Manu Luksch was artistic director of the Munich Media Lab (1995-97). In 1998, she co-founded Art Servers Unlimited, the first conference to focus on the creation of independent internet servers as both an arena, and form, of innovative net-based art.

In 1999, she founded ambientTV.NET, a crucible for independent, interdisciplinary projects ranging in form from installation through documentary, dance, and theatre, to sound and video composition and live manipulation. 
While exploring narrative formats which push the notion of documentary, such as the online road movie Broadbandit Highway (based on traffic surveillance cam streams), and Virtual Borders (a community film and internet-radio project that spanned five South-East Asian countries), Manu has also been elaborating collaborative, cross- platform performance/ projection pieces that draw together distant geographical and disciplinary spaces. Other recent productions include The Spy School (shown in Tel Aviv/VideoZone Festival, Hull/Speechless, Tallinn/Academy of Fine Arts, amongst other) a series of process-focussed explorations of surveillance and privacy; AV Dinners, a multi-sensory live and streaming gastronomic event, and Stealth Waltz, an online sound project making us of encryption softwares (Ars Electronica).