Through her films and art works, Manu researches the effects of emerging technologies on daily life, social relations, urban space, and political structures. Her current focus is on corporate-governmental relationships and the social effects of predictive analytics in the algorithmic city. Her work is included in the Collection de Centre Pompidou, the BFI National Archive, and the Core Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; she is a Resident Artist at Somerset House, and was formerly an Open Society Fellow and visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London. Awards include ZONTA Award – 65th Kurzfilmfest Oberhausen 2019; Open Media Award 2019; Best Feature – Moscow International Documentary Film Festival 2016, Elevate Artivism award 2015, M. v. Willemer Prize by Ars Electronica Centre and City of Linz.
Scott Kildall has been working with art + technology + education for over 15 years. In 2017, he worked as an American Arts Incubator Artist, where he led a 1-month workshop in Bangkok to teach data-visualization and sculptural techniques to local Thai educators and students involving water quality in that city. Additionally, he has worked as a New Media Exhibit Developer (2012-13) at The Exploratorium in the Life Sciences Gallery. He has also taught coursework involving data-visualization and digital mapping at the University of San Francisco.
He has received fellowships, awards and residencies from organizations including the SETI Institute, ZERO1, Santa Fe Art Institute, Impakt Works, Autodesk, Recology San Francisco, Turbulence.org, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, The Kala Art Institute and The Banff Centre for the Arts. His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the New York Hall of Science, Transmediale, the Venice Biennale, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the San Jose Museum of Art. He currently resides in San Francisco.
Awed by the observation of the impact of a powerful virus on human life and culture, the two artists imagined a future, where such viral force is harnessed as a communication agent of “information infection”. Their film envisions a "Viral Communication Network", which unites people and empowers them to rebuild collective life that had been ravaged by unregulated capitalism (where gains are private and losses are public).
When the Hyper Age of accelerated online life ends with an Infodemic, and causes the collapse of civilisation, bioengineer Symbia begins developing a new communication network based on the memovirus. It infects people with information – harmless for people’s health but transformative of their minds.
As the dominant TechCorps will be aware that the memovirus threatens their rule, desert rebel Durango’s mission to track down a missing crucial component is very risky – will he succeed and help the uprising?
Scott Kildall (Durango) shot the desert footage during the COVID-19 pandemic while camping on public land near the Salton Sea and Slab City. Manu Luksch (Symbia) created her sci-fi sequences by recruiting cast and team amongst family and neighbours, who she is in lockdown with in Europe.