FACELESS

It dares its audience to question their own culpability in this all too real state of affairs  (The Guardian)

In an eerily familiar city, a calendar reform has dispensed with the past and the future, leaving citizens faceless, without memory or anticipation. Unimaginable happiness abounds – until a woman recovers her face…

FACELESS uses CCTV images obtained under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act as ‘legal readymades’. Legislation requires that the privacy of other persons be protected when data is released – for CCTV recordings, this is typically done by obscuring their faces – hence, the faceless world.

 

The work resists the sensational for the everyday and becomes all the more miraculous because of it. – Art Life

A novel way of avoiding the costs of creating a movie – by making her film entirely from images of real life captured by CCTV cameras. –  BBC NEWS

A wonderful metaphor for contemporary life: as we shuffle through cities each day, brushing up against fellow citizens, many of us feel simply faceless. – ThinkingShift

It dares its audience to question their own culpability in this all too real state of affairs. – The Guardian

Les règles du Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers s’adressent à des cinéastes d’un nouveau genre qui ne tournent pas avec leur propre caméra mais utilisent les enregistrements des CCTV omniprésentes. – La Libération

 

FACELESS – a film by Manu Luksch [AT/UK 2007; 50 min]
voice: TILDA SWINTON
choreography: THE BALLET BOYZ    soundtrack: MUKUL   piano music: RUPERT HUBER
produced by AMOUR FOU and AMBIENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS