Luke Munn uses the body and code, objects and performances to activate relationships and responses. His projects have featured in the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art, the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Fold Gallery London, Causey Contemporary Brooklyn and the Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum, with commissions from Aotearoa Digital Arts, and TERMINAL. He is a Studio Supervisor at Whitecliffe College of Art & Design and a current PhD Candidate at Western Sydney University.

Upcoming and Recent

  • “Artistic and Machinic Agency”, Creative Practitioners Meetup, Auckland, New Zealand, October 26 2016
  • “New Anxieties”, Transhuman Motivation exhibition, Kreuzberg Pavilion, Berlin, Germany, October 22 2016
  • “Exhaustion Algorithm”, Art and the Future symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand, October 14 2016
  • “Logistics of the Image”, Investigating Logistics programme, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, September 27 2016
  • “Design Practice for the Anthropocene”, Whitecliffe College of Art & Design, Auckland, New Zealand, March 1 2016
  • “SEO Story”, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin, New Zealand, February 13-April 3 2016
‘Ferocious Logics: Unmaking the Algorithm’ (ongoing PhD). Rather than beamed down from above, decision making is increasingly embedded in ubiquitous computation, governing not just who gets to fly or has a loan approved, but a much broader array of social, cultural and labor activities. This PhD project seeks to unravel these algorithms as ecologies of matter: code and data, but also interfaces and protocols, bodies and soil, minerals and architectures. Four ecologies are unpacked: Uber, Amazon Echo, Airbnb and Palantir. Alongside this theoretical strand, a practice-based strand creates new algorithmic artworks. These prototypes are objects comprised of code, rich media, and other materials presented in exhibitions or online which attempt to critique existing structures, instrumentalize errors and speculate about alternative logics.

Digital Disembodiment (Masters Thesis). As late capitalism seeps further into the everyday, the human body itself becomes pathological — a single and physically sited entity incapable of the ‘always on’ performativities required. Digital technologies attempt to bypass this material friction, producing bodies which are sleepless, hungerless, discrete, disintegrated and self-optimised. From the informational bodies of drone-strikes to the body-as-codebase of Soylent, this thesis unpacks this new fantasy of digital disembodiment. Alongside the text, artworks such as chat apps and gaze paintings stage interventions within this spectrum — from accelerated immateriality to fleshy incompatibility.

Twitter: @lukemunn