‘Zizi - Queering the Dataset’ aims to tackle the lack of representation and diversity in the training datasets often used by facial recognition systems. The video was made by disrupting these systems* and re-training them with the addition of drag and gender fluid faces found online. This causes the weights inside the neural network to shift away from the normative identities it was originally trained on and into a space of queerness. ‘Zizi - Queering The Dataset’ lets us peek inside the machine learning system and visualise what the neural network has (and hasn’t) learnt. The work is a celebration of difference and ambiguity, which invites us to reflect on bias in our data driven society. The Zizi Project (2019 - ongoing) is a collection of works by Jake Elwes exploring the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and drag performance. Drag challenges gender and explores otherness, while A.I. is often mystified as a concept and tool, and is complicit in reproducing social bias. Zizi combines these themes through a deepfake, synthesised drag identity created using machine learning. The project explores what AI can teach us about drag, and what drag can teach us about A.I. Zizi: Queering the Dataset (2019) was originally commissioned as a seven channel video installation by Experiential AI at Edinburgh Futures Institute and Inspace, The University of Edinburgh.
2023 - Glitch. Die Kunst Der Störung, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany (upcoming)Surreal Futures, Max Ernst Museum, Brühl, Germany (upcoming)Jake Elwes: Data • Glitch • Utopia (solo show), Gazelli Art House, London, UKThe Horror Show! A Twisted Tale Of Modern Britain, Somerset House (2022-2023), London, UKINTER:ACTIVE - Breaking The Code CPH:DOX, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, DenmarkRiposte - Queer Art Techno Rave Electrowerkz, London, UK2022 - Among the Machines, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK2021 - BIAS, Science Gallery Dublin (2021-2022), Dublin, IrelandYou and AI (touring), Onassis Foundation and Future Everything, Gazometro Rome, ItalyCritical Borders: Radical (Re)visiions of AI, Center for the Future of Intelligence, Cambridge University, UKYou and AI, Onassis Foundation, Pedion tou Areos Park, Athens, GreeceThe Third Gender, A.K.T, Pforzheim, GermanyZizi - Queering the Dataset (solo display), Gazelli Art House, Mayfair, London, UK2020 - Real-Time Contraints (virtual browser extension, COVID-19), Arebyte Gallery, London, UKFluid Bodies, E-WERK Freiburg, Germany2019 - PRETERNATURAL: an exhibtion of works by Jake Elwes, Data Lates | Inspace Gallery, Edinburgh
Edinburgh, CADAF, Electric Artefacts, NGX/Flux, E-WERK, Arebyte, Lebenson gallery, AKT, Gazelli, Onassis, Science Gallery Dublin, CFI, ALIEN Art Centre Taiwan