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Jake Elwes

CUSP
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2019
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A familiar childhood location on the Essex marshes is reframed  by inserting images randomly generated by a neural network (GAN*) into this tidal landscape.

Initially trained on a photographic dataset, the machine proceeds to learn the embedded qualities of different marsh birds, in the process revealing forms that fluctuate between species, with unanticipated variations emerging without reference to human systems of classification.

Birds have been actively selected from among the images conceived by the neural network, and then combined into a single animation that migrates from  bird to bird, accompanied by a soundscape of artificially generated bird  song. The final work records these generated forms as they are projected,  using a portable perspex screen, across the mudflats in Landermere Creek. The  work both augments and disrupts the natural ecology of the location, as flocks of native birds enter a visual dialogue with these artificial ones.

*Neural networks are programming models which are biologically inspired and learn from observing data. GANs (generative adversarial networks) are neural networks which learn to mimic through generation and refinement.

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 and the Centre for the  Future of Intelligence (CFI), UK.

Education

2013-17 – BA Fine Art (First-class Hons.), Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), London
2017-19 The Artist Development Agency, Steve Fletcher (formally Carroll / Fletcher Gallery, London)
2015 – Erasmus, School of the Art Institute Chicago
2012 – Foundation in Art & Design, Central St. Martins (UAL), London

Current/Upcoming Shows

2019-2021- 23 Feb to Mar '21 - Writing the History of the Future, ZKM| Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
2019-2020 - 22 Nov to 16 May '20 - Deux Ex Machina, LABoralCentro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain
2020 - 17 May to 1 Sept - Fluid Bodies, E-WERK Freiburg, Germany
2020 - 20 May (virtual) - AI for Good: Visions of a sustainable future with AI,United Nations, ITU & STATE, Geneva
2020 - 16 June (virtual) - FLUX Gender*uck at National Gallery X,The National Gallery, London
2020 - July (virtual) - SYSTEMS | group exhibition, arebyteGallery, London
2021 - Jun to Aug - Future U: Body / Mind / Machine, RMITGallery, Melbourne, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions & Projects

2020
Deux Ex MachinaLABoralCentro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain
Writing the History of the FutureZKM| Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Future U: Body / Mind / Machine, RMITGallery, Melbourne, Australia

2019
Forschungsfall Nachtigall, Museumfür Naturkunde, Berlin (Natural History Museum), Germany
Mind the Deep - Artificial Intelligence and ArtisticCreationMing Contemporary Art Museum (McaM), Shanghai,China
SchaulustPhotoforum Pasquart, Biel,Switzerland
Taiwan Annual '19, TaipeiFlora EXPO Dome, Taipei City, Taiwan
Learning Nature: A machine's exploration of our worldTheJam Factory, Oxford
Future of Today: DEJA VUTodayArt Museum 今日美术馆, Beijing, China
PRETERNATURAL: an exhibtion of works by Jake ElwesDataLates | Inspace Gallery, Edinburgh
LyingSophia and Mocking AlexaHyundai Motorstudio Beijing,Beijing, China
Zabludowicz Collection | Invites (solodisplay), Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Event Two, (50th anniversary of the landmarkComputer Arts Society Event One) - curated byFlux, RCA, Lumen & EVA, Royal College of Art, London
ID. ART:TECH | CYFEST-12 (duringVenice Biennale), Ca’ Foscari Zattere, Venice, Italy
CartographiesUgly Duck, London
stadtprojektionen IIISt. Gallen,Switerland

2018
OpenCodes - Living in Digital Worlds (2018-19), ZKM |Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Creative Machine 2 (Cyland & Goldsmiths)HatchamChurch Gallery, Goldsmiths University of London
Digital Bodies'and what?' - Queer ArtsFestival 2018, Candid Arts Trust, London
City Screen, Loop Barcelona 2018, Barcelona
Print Screen Festival, Holon, Israel
Digital Design WeekendVictoriaand Albert Museum, London, UK
Uncommon Natures (Lumen Art Prize)BrightonDigital Festival, Phoenix Theatre, Brighton, UK
Gradient DescentNature Morte,Delhi, India
Open Codes. Living in Digital WorldsZKM| Center for Art and Media, Goethe Institute, Mumbai
New ContemporariesBlock336,London
I am here to learn: For the mechanicalinterpretation of the world, Frankfurter Kunstverein,Germany

2017
"MachineLearning for Creativity and Design" (Online Exhibition)NIPS2017, Long Beach, USA
" Stars of AI, Life 3.0 with MaxTegmarkTuring Lecture Theatre, Institute of Technology& Engineering, London
Bloomberg New ContemporariesBALTICCentre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle
>when machines are dreaming<,Chaos Computer Club (CCC) Datenspuren, Technische Sammlungen,Dresden
ArsElectronica Festival 2017: Artificial Intelligence, A.I. Projects Exhibition, Artificial Intimacy Exhibition & TADA Gallery Space, Ars Electronica,POSTCITY, Linz, Austria
Digital/Real – How Art Surfs BetweenWorlds, Mobiliar Headquarters, Bern, Switzerland
AI: Myth and RealityLeverhulme Centrefor the Future of Intelligence (CFI), Cambridge
Machine Made: Art, Robotics & A.I., QUAD,Derby
'Ask Something' - Acud Macht NeuTransmedialeand CTM Vorspiel, Berlin

Prizes

LumenPrize, Moving Image Shortlist, 2018;
UCL Arts & Humanities Dean’s List, 2017;
Julian Sullivan Prize for outstanding achievement in Media Art, 2017;

Collections

ZKM |Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe
Zabludowicz Collection, London

Television

BBCFOUR; 'Kill Your TV: Jim Moir’s Weird WorldOf Video Art' Sunday 24 November 2019

Publications

ArthurMiller (2019). The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-PoweredCreativity. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
André-Louis Paré, Andreas Broeckmann (2020). CREATING IN THE ERA OFARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. ESPACE Art Actuel.
Peter Weibel (2019). Open codes. Living in digital worlds.Esslingen: Edition Cantz.
Andreas Broeckmann (2019). The Machine as Artist as Myth. Lüneburg,Germany: (IPK), Leuphana University.
Tom Mouna (2019). Mining the machine Long Xinru. Hong Kong:ArtAsiaPacific, No. 114, Jul 2019
Marykate Regan (2019). Generative Adversarial Networks & The ArtMarket New York: Fashion Institute of Technology Publishing.
Irini Papadimitriou (2018). Artificially Intelligent London:Victoria & Albert Museum
Hannes Leopoldseder, Christine Schöpf, Gerfried Stocker (2017).ArsElectronica 2017.
Caroline Achaintre, Elizabeth Price, and George Shaw (2017).Bloomberg NewContemporaries 2017. New Contemporaries (1988) Ltd.

Press

July 2020, Cede Control of Your Web Browser to This High Tech Exhibition; Sam Gaskin, Ocula. 
Real-Time Constraints, a group exhibition featuring works by artists working within the realms of artificial intelligence, algorithms, machine learning, big data, and interventions in web-based platforms; Fad Magazine.
July 2019, The Aesthetic Sense of Artificial Intelligence; Ennio Bianco; Espoarte.
March 2019, Artificial intelligence: the art world’s weird and wonderful new medium; Francesca Gavin; How to Spend it, Financial Times.Febuary 2019,
Can AI be a big hitter in the art world?; Colin Gleadell; The Telegraph.
November 2018, MaloMalo Presents ‘Digital Bodies’: A Queer Exhibition on Virtual Reality and The Body; FAD Magazine.
October 2018,
Up for Bid, AI Art Signed ‘Algorithm’; The New York Times.
September 2018, AI is their paintbrush, but the artwork is no less human; Fastcompany.
August 2018, AI-Generated Art Just Got Its First Mainstream Gallery Show. See It Here—and Get Ready; Artnet. 
The Image in the Machine: AI Art and it's implications; PIX. 
Gradient Descent; Platform Magazine. 
AI art is on the rise – but how do we measure its success?; Apollo Magazine. 
An AI genre in its infancy questions the nature of art; Financial Times. 
Is Artificial Intelligence the new artist we need to watch out for?; Vogue India. 
India's first exhibition of art created by Artificial Intelligence raises questions about human conscience; Firstpost. 
The poetics of metonymy; The Hindu. 
Inside India’s first AI art show; livemint. 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) - Creating a New Genre in Art; Art Market. 
Artificial Intelligence Art: Parenting a new genre; Forbes, India. 
Gradient Descent - When Artificial Intelligence Meets Art; The Hindu.
January 2018, Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018: 6 new artists you need to know about; Evening Standard. 
Go see these future art superstars at Bloomberg New Contemporaries; TimeOut (London). 
Bloomberg New Contemporaries Block 336 'Six emerging artists who stand out from the crowd'; Artlyst.
September 2017, Porn pictures from the machine show sexual fantasies; Futurezone (Austria).

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