Still from 'FACELESS', 2007 © Manu Luksch

Manu Luksch 
*1970 in Austria
lives in London

Manu Luksch’s 50-minute manifesto-driven fiction film FACELESS interrogates the culture of surveillance by redeploying authentic CCTV images recorded in London, the most heavily surveilled city on Earth at this time. These images are strongly inscribed by laws relating to privacy and freedom of information, and are in effect 'legal readymades'. Fear blots out the present. It feeds on a past that spills over uncontrollably into the present; it takes possession of the future. Vanquishing this fear by eliminating past and future is the promise of the Big Brother state. This promise is contrived to legitimize the constant observation of public space, which turns the dream of a carefree existence in an isolated present into a nightmare reality. Luksch reminds us of the claustrophobic and vacuous environment where our faces are constantly observed.