A dispute through the verb, through cadence, a virtual political platform where the winner (will there be one?) is the best performer in a battle of hip hop rhymes. Moreover: a dispute within the error of the image, a battle within the system bug. Amidst these flaws, we review the power and control of people through social networks, “be yourself” as a discourse that monetizes lives, glorifying the notion of the self-determined subject of the West. The images are strange, but the world is much stranger. Algorithms enthrall us in their rhythms. (C. A)
Born in 1970, Austria. Over the past 20 years, Manu Luksch has been researching the effects of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations, urban space, and political structures. Currently, as Resident Artist at Somerset House London, Open Society Fellow, she is investigating the rise of the "Algorithmic City", with a focus on corporate-governmental relationships and the social effects of predictive analytics. Her films and art works are included, amongst other, in the Collection de Centre Pompidou, the BFI National Archive, and the Core Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and were awarded Best Feature Documentary, Moscow International Documentary Film Festival 2016; Best Film, Austrian Film Critics Awards 2017; Best Feature Documentary Soundtrack, DOK.fest Munich 2016; ELEVATE Artivism Award 2015; Marianne.von.Willemer Prize for Digital Art 2012, City of Linz/Ars Electronica Centre.
London BFI Film festival