Jake Elwes is a media artist who explores machine learning and artificial intelligence. Their work finds poetry and narrative in these systems’ success and failures, their sophistication, and limitations, while investigating their code and ethics. In their notable work, the Zizi Project, Elwes exposes AI bias by queering datasets with drag performers, simultaneously demystifying and subverting AI systems.


Elwes lives and works in London, having studied at The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL (2013-17). The artist’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Somerset House, London; ZKM, Karlsruhe; Today Art Museum, Beijing; Yuz Museum, Shanghai; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; Honor Fraser Gallery, LA; Fundacion Telefonica Museum, Madrid; Ars Electronica, Linz; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Sculpture in the City, London; Science Gallery Dublin; RMIT Gallery, Melbourne; Onassis Foundation, Athens; Arebyte Gallery, London; E-WERK, Freiburg im Breisgau; Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin; Nature Morte, Delhi; Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, Cambridge, and they have been featured on TV: ZDF aspekte (Germany) and the BBC Arts (UK).