Community Projects

Journey Chat: „The Zizi Show” with Jake Elwes and Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

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Drag Queens, Drag Kings, Drag Things and Artificial Intelligence….
Enter the world of The Zizi Show (2020), a Deepfake drag cabaret, an online virtual stage featuring a groundbreaking new show with a difference. It features acts constructed using deepfake technology that learn how to do drag by watching a group of human performers. The Zizi Show takes apart one of the prevailing myths about AI, the notion that “an AI” is something we might mistake for a person. Artist Jake Elwes will continue to reflect on questions of identity and the artificial with registered participants.

The European ARTificial Intelligence Lab centers visions, expectations and fears that we associate with the conception of a future, all-encompassing artificial intelligence. An extensive activity programme on AI Lab projects is going to happen during all festival days. Following selected Journeys and conferences, we’d like to offer the opportunity to get in touch with artists critically exploring AI in their work and using AI models as medium of their artistic expression, and deepen the many perspectives possible on this present technology.

This event provides an open space for discussion and Q+A with the expert participants as well as sharing insights from your own practice and projects.

Chat Sessions

All times are CEST (UTC +2).

Wed, Sept. 8, 2021 14:00 – 15:00 Journey Chat: How to strand Astronouts on the Moon?
Thu, Sept. 9, 2021 15:00 – 16:00 Journey Chat: The Zizi Show
Fri, Sept. 10, 2021 12:00 – 13:00 Journey Chat: Made to Measure

Jake Elwes (UK): Jake Elwes is a media artist living and working in London. He studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (2013-17). Recent works explore his research into machine learning and artificial intelligence. His practice looks for poetry and narrative in the success and failures of these systems, while also investigating and questioning the code and ethics behind them. His current works in the Zizi Project explore AI bias by queering datasets with drag performers. They simultaneously demystify and subvert AI systems. Jake’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; TANK Museum, Shanghai; Today Art Museum, Beijing; CyFest, Venice; Edinburgh Futures Institute, UK; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany; New Contemporaries 2017, UK; Ars Electronica 2017, Austria; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; LABoral Centro, Spain; Nature Morte, Delhi, India; RMIT Gallery, Australia; Centre for the Future of Intelligence, UK and he has been featured on ZDF & BBC.

Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (UK): Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley is an artist working predominantly in animation, sound, performance and Video Games to communicate the experiences of being a Black Trans person. Their practice focuses on recording the lives of Black Trans people, intertwining lived experience, fiction and interactivity to create work that refuses to let viewers be passive. The work is often seen as a form of autonomous archiving in which the experience shifts and moulds based on the identity of the user as well as the choices they make during the experiences.