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Jake Elwes

Jake Elwes is a London-based artist investigating the philosophy and ethics behind Artificial Intelligence.

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Jake Elwes (UK), born 1993, is currently based in London. His recent works have looked at Artificial Intelligence, investigating the technology, philosophy and ethics behind it. Jake graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), London in 2017, having also attended SAIC, Chicago (Erasmus), in 2016 and Central St Martins (foundation) in 2012. Jake has exhibited in the UK and internationally.

Selected AI Artworks:



A familiar childhood location on the Essex marshes is reframed by inserting images randomly generated by a neural network (GAN*) into this tidal landscape.

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Latent Space

Latent Space is a video snap-shot of a generative adversarial neural network, an AI algorithm trained using 14.2 million photographs, continuously producing new images – a digital subconscious conceiving of new images and visualising a ‘latent space’.

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Closed Loop

Closed Loop is a recording of two artificial intelligence models conversing with each other - one with words the other with images - in a never-ending feedback loop.


Auto-Encoded Buddha

In this collaboration with Roland Arnoldt, a Buddha statue watches the computer attempting to draw its own image. An artificial intelligence model was trained on 5000 images of Buddha, yet the computer struggles to depict the Buddha’s essence.

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dada da ta

In 'dada da ta' over 50 hours of interviews have been sourced from YouTube then processed using the IBM Watson AI speech to text program. The interview’s chronology is intact yet reduced to a stream of numbers.

Elwes’ Awards:

  • 2018 Lumen Prize, Moving Image Shortlist

  • 2017 Julian Sullivan Prize for outstanding achievement in Media Art

Elwes’ Selected Exhibitions:

  • 2019-20 Deux Ex Machina, Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain

  • 2019-20 Lying Sophia and Mocking Alexa, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China

  • 2019 Himalayas Art Museum, Shanghai, China

  • 2019 ID. ART:TECH | CYFEST-12 (during Venice Biennale), Ca’ Foscari Zattere, Venice, Italy

  • 2019 Writing the History of the Future, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 2018-19 Open Codes - Living in Digital Worlds, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 2018 Digital Bodies, ‘and what?’ - Queer Arts Festival 2018, Candid Arts Trust, London

  • 2018 City Screen, Loop Barcelona, Barcelona

  • 2018 Print Screen Festival, Holon, Isreal

  • 2017 Ars Electronica, A.I. Projects Exhibition, Artificial Intimacy Exhibition & TADA Gallery Space, Ars Electronica Festival: Artificial Intelligence, POSTCITY Linz, Austria

Elwes’ Selected Talks, Conferences, and Workshops:

  • 2019 Talk, Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid

  • 2019 Panel & Talk, AI Festival, Leicester, UK

  • 2019 Conference & Talk, Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

  • 2019 Conference & Talk, United Europe Seminar, Department of Engineering, Cambridge

  • 2019 Conference & Exhibition, ‘AI - Why It Matters’, British Museum

  • 2019 Workshop, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London

  • 2018 Talk, Interfaces Monthly 032018: Machine Learning, (in collaboration with London Creative AI & Barbican), The Trampery Republic

  • 2017 Workshop & Talk AI, Computer Vision for Art, Architecture & as a Creative Tool, CHORA conscious city, Institute for Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin

Elwes’ Selected Press:

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