Manu Luksch, an artist and researcher, is drawing attention to the insidious threat posed by the rise of algorithmically-managed societies. By developing a series of short, moving image artworks (called “tactical fictions”), she is dramatizing concerns about the “quantified society,” including the private ownership of data relevant to human rights and the practice of democracy. Based on in-depth research and developed through a series of exploratory group sessions, the artworks will visualize and dramatize datasets and scenarios to render algorithmic management tangible, and engage a wider audience in critical reflection.
Luksch’s past work has interrogated conceptions of progress and the effects of digital technologies on social relations, urban space, and political structures. Her most recent documentary, Dreams Rewired, narrated by Tilda Swinton, traces the desires and anxieties of today's hyperconnected world back to their earliest origins more than a century ago. Luksch studied fine arts at the Akademie der bildenden Künste, in Vienna, and Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. She was awarded the ELEVATE prize in 2015, the Austrian Media Arts Prize in 2012, and the Marianne.von.Willemer Prize for Digital Arts in 2012.