London, within a zone covered by SOCPA (Serious and Organized Crime Prevention Act). Hundreds of cameras were mapped over two days of observation. The second part involved mapping the exact range of one of these cameras, no. 40 in Villiers street, by intercepting its signal as it was transmitted wirelessly without encryption. As passers-by entered the marked area covered by camera no. 40, they were alerted to the camera’s presence and handed a copy of the map of CCTV cameras in Whitehall.
premiered on NHK Japan (Japanese National Television) 2008
public screenings include Playing with Space / Norwich Arts Centre/firstsite Gallery/LADA (2015), London Transport Museum (2012), 'Films by Manu Luksch' at Cinema2, Centre Pompidou (2009), Betting on Shorts (2009), LIFT (2008), Look Inside (Bruxelles 2013) ambienttv.net/content/?q=mappingcctv
FACELESS (AT/UK 2007), CCTV sci-fi fairy tale by Manu Luksch
soundtrack: mukul, voice-over: Tilda Swinton, piano music: Rupert Huber, co-produced by Amour Fou and Ambient Information Systems
synopsis: In a society under the reformed 'Real-Time' Calendar, without history nor future, everybody is faceless. A woman panics when she wakes up one day with a face. With the help of the Spectral Children she slowly finds out more about the lost power and history of the human face and begins the search for its future.
FACELESS was produced under the rules of the 'Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers'. The manifesto states, amongst other things, that additional cameras are not permitted at filming locations, as the omnipresent existing video surveillance (CCTV) is already in operation.
"RealTime orients the life of every citizen. Eating, resting, going to work, getting married – every act is tied to RealTime. And every act leaves a trace of data – a footprint in the snow of noise..." (excerpt of FACELESS)