Dreams Rewired (Screening)
Manu Luksh

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Dreams Rewired traces the desires and anxieties of today’s hyper-connected world back more than a hundred years, when telephone, film and television were new.

As revolutionary then as contemporary social media is today, early electric media sparked a fervent utopianism in the public imagination – promising total communication, the annihilation of distance and an end to war. But then, too, there were fears over the erosion of privacy, security, morality.

Using rare (and often unseen) archival material from nearly 200 films to articulate the present, this award-winning film reveals a history of hopes to share, and betrayals to avoid.

Dreams Rewired is narrated by Tilda Swinton and directed by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart, Thomas Tode.

Manu Luksch

Resident Artist at Somerset House and former Open Society Fellow, is artist and film director, whose practice interrogates conceptions of progress with a strong emphasis on research, participation and new forms of engagement. Her films and art works address the regulation of public space, the construction of independent media infrastructure, and widespread corporate data surveillance. Through the 2000s, a major focus of Luksch's work was the data trace – the digital shadows cast by humans in networked space in the course of daily activities. More recently, this focus has broadened to include algorithmic management as deployed in 'smart city' contexts. Her work is included, amongst other, in the Collection Centre Pompidou, the BFI National Archive, and the Core Collection at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Available from Saturday 31st November 2020 - Friday 29th January 2021

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