From sand to glass to silicon – the United Arab Emirates adumbrates a fantasy frontier of algorithmic dreams, of smart cities and a frictionless economy servicing peak experience. It is believed that the Emirates rose from the desert almost fully formed, weightless, its super tall buildings limning the height of our desires.

The video uses techniques of computational photography to capture the headquarters of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s global showcase for urban smart technology and soft architecture. An evolving 3D future is extrapolated from a mass of ordinary photographs, reflecting the way that our destinies are predicted and constructed through the extraction and analysis of mass personal data.

From the shifting sands of the Emirati Desert also arises a portrait of  Ahmed Mansoor. As vulnerable as Mansoor himself – currently a prisoner of conscience – the picture calls for global attention, and for the protection of human rights to be a prerequisite for trade deals.

HYBRID LANDSCAPES, DIGITAL CATAPULT, London until Sept 2019. for a tweet and symbol for the fight for freedom of speech in the information age.
Data Loam, AIL, Vienna. Until 8th March 2019

_ Format: 8 min double screen video installation; Sand Graffiti (sand, Loden textile)

CODE/CITY by  Manu Luksch ©2017     IMMERSIVE FX Jack Wolf   PROGRAMMING  Federico Foderaro    supported by denkbar projektentwicklungs gmbh photos Data Loam: Marc Orou 2019