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March 23, 2007

ambientTV.NET's Faceless


A CCTV Sci-Fi Thriller

FACELESS (UK/AT 2007, 50 min), a CCTV sci-fi thriller directed by Manu Luksch; soundtrack by mukul; piano music by Rupert Huber; co-produced by Amour Fou and Ambient Information Systems; languages: English / German.

In an eerily familiar society, the reformed RealTime calendar dispenses with past and future, and all citizens are faceless. A woman panics when she wakes up with a face. With the help of the Spectral Children she unveils the lost power and history of the human face and begins the search for its future.

FACELESS uses CCTV images obtained under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act as 'legal readymades (objets trouves)'. 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. Much of FACELESS is driven by the 'Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers'. The manifesto states, amongst other things, that additional cameras are not permitted on location, since they are rendered redundant by omnipresent video surveillance.

The soundtrack of FACELESS is composed for surround systems.

ambientTV.NET is a crucible for independent, interdisciplinary practice ranging from installation and performance, through documentary, dance, and gastronomy, to sound and video composition and real-time manipulation. Techniques and effects of live data broadcasting and transmission provide theme, medium, and performative space for many of the works.

Posted by jo at March 23, 2007 01:40 PM