"Faceless", Manu Luksch30 Mar 2008
The event is over
In a western city controlled by an all powerful government, a woman shies away from the surveillance cameras and escapes the system. Exclusively shot from real images provided by London video-surveillance system controllers, Faceless is a truly modern anticipation tale, faithful to the classic codes of science fiction. The purity of the heroine's voice over, interpreted by English actress Tilda Swinton, contrasts the stark violence of the images and intones a passionate plea against any society that would choose to condone the omnipresence of technology as a solution to security issues.
Manu Luksch studied art in Vienna, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, before becoming the artistic director of Media Lab in Munich in 1995. All of her work is based on a conception of film and of narrative cinematographic structures that have integrated Internet culture. Since her first film, So oder anders in 1996, Manu Luksch has directed, among others, Broadbandit Highway in 2001-2006 and Virtual Borders in 2004. Since 1999 she has been a founding member of the interdisciplinary platform for artistic production ambientTV.net.