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; Awards include the 2023 Outstanding Artist Award for Media Art, Austria; Globale Perspektiven Award 2020; 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.
Manu is founding member of ambientTV.NET (Ambient Information Systems), a long-time collaboration with Mukul Patel. She was Roberta Denning Visiting Artist at Stanford University (2021), Artist in Residence 2020/21 at Birkbeck’s School of Law and Open Society Fellow 2018/19. She is currently Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter, Senior Research Associate at the AiDesign Lab ‘Critical Narratives’, Royal College of Art, and PEEK Artist Researcher at Die Angewandte, Vienna.