Through her films and art works, Manu Luksch researches the effects of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations, urban space, and political structures. A major focus of Luksch's work is the data trace – the digital shadows cast by humans in networked space in the course of daily activities. with her current focus on corporate-governmental relationships and the social effects of predictive analytics in the algorithmic city.
One recurring element of Luksch’s work is the archive. Her speculative fiction film FACELESS (2007), compiled from surveillance recordings recovered under data protection legislation, treats CCTV images as ‘legal readymades’, and derives its scenario from these legal properties. DREAMS REWIRED (2015, Luksch/Reinhart/Tode), her second collaboration with British actor Tilda Swinton as voice artist, draws on over 200 films from the 1890s to the 1930s to explore current hopes and fears relating to hyper-connectivity. This questioning of the archive extends to its contemporary use in prediction: her short film ALGO-RHYTHM (2019) investigates data analytics in the context of electioneering.
Luksch has exhibited her films and art works internationally. Recent shows include Camera and city. Scenes of modernity. CaixaForum Barcelona / Madrid / Saragossa, Spain (2019-21); Digital Power, Siggraph 2020; Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2020, France; 63rd bfi London Film Festival, UK; Kunst in Bewegung (Art in Motion), Zentrum für Kunst und Median, Karlsruhe, Germany (2018/19).
Luksch is Resident Artist at the Somerset House Studios London, UK, and at Birkbeck’s School of Law, University of London. Awards include an Open Society Fellowship (2018/19), an Kurzfilmfest Oberhausen Award (2019); Award for Best Cinema Release - Austrian Film Journalists Association (2017); a Moscow International Documentary Film Festival Award (Best Feature 2016), a Visiting Fellowship at Goldsmiths, University of London (2016-2019); an Elevate Artivism Award (2015), an Ars Electronica Centre Award (Marianne von Willemer award 2015), Austrian National Media Arts Fellowship (2021).