Jake is an artist living and working in London. His recent works have looked at machine learning and artificial intelligence research, exploring the code, philosophy and ethics behind it. In his art Jake engages with both the history and tropes of fine art and the possibilities and consequences of digital technology. He graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), London in 2017.

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, Centre for the Future of Intelligence, UK and he has been featured on BBC4.


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Contemporary Art Socierty | ZKM | AI Artists | New Contempories | Zabludowicz | Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) | Ars Electronica | Art Rabbit | Frankfurter Kunstverein | Beyond Conference | Edinburgh Futures Institute

Background

Born 1993, London UK.

Slade School of Fine Art (UCL), BA (Hons) - Fine Art (1st class), 2013-17
SAIC (School of the Art Institute Chicago), International Exchange - Art & Technology, 2015
Central St Martins (UAL), Foundation 2012-13

The Artist Development Agency, Steve Fletcher (formally Carroll / Fletcher Gallery, London) 2017-19

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, LABoral Centro 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, arebyte Gallery, London
2021 - Jun to Aug - Future U: Body / Mind / Machine, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions & Projects

2020
Deux Ex Machina, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain
Writing the History of the Future, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
Future U: Body / Mind / Machine, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

2019
Forschungsfall Nachtigall, Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (Natural History Museum), Germany
Mind the Deep - Artificial Intelligence and Artistic Creation, Ming Contemporary Art Museum (McaM), Shanghai, China
Schaulust, Photoforum Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland
Taiwan Annual '19, Taipei Flora EXPO Dome, Taipei City, Taiwan
Learning Nature: A machine's exploration of our world, The Jam Factory, Oxford
Future of Today: DEJA VU, Today Art Museum 今日美术馆, Beijing, China
PRETERNATURAL: an exhibtion of works by Jake Elwes, Data Lates | Inspace Gallery, Edinburgh
Lying Sophia and Mocking Alexa, Hyundai Motorstudio Beijing, Beijing, China
Zabludowicz Collection | Invites (solo display), Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK
Event Two, (50th anniversary of the landmark Computer Arts Society Event One) - curated by Flux, RCA, Lumen & EVA, Royal College of Art, London
ID. ART:TECH | CYFEST-12 (during Venice Biennale), Ca’ Foscari Zattere, Venice, Italy
Cartographies, Ugly Duck, London
stadtprojektionen III, St. Gallen, Switerland

2018
Open Codes - Living in Digital Worlds (2018-19), ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
The Creative Machine 2 (Cyland & Goldsmiths), Hatcham Church Gallery, Goldsmiths University of London
Digital Bodies, 'and what?' - Queer Arts Festival 2018, Candid Arts Trust, London
City Screen, Loop Barcelona 2018, Barcelona
Print Screen Festival, Holon, Israel
Digital Design Weekend, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Uncommon Natures (Lumen Art Prize), Brighton Digital Festival, Phoenix Theatre, Brighton, UK
Gradient Descent, Nature Morte, Delhi, India
Open Codes. Living in Digital Worlds, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Goethe Institute, Mumbai
New Contemporaries, Block336, London
I am here to learn: For the mechanical interpretation of the world, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany

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


Prizes

Lumen Prize, 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

BBC FOUR; 'Kill Your TV: Jim Moir’s Weird World Of Video Art' Sunday 24 November 2019

Publications

Arthur Miller (2019). The Artist in the Machine: The World of AI-Powered Creativity. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.
André-Louis Paré, Andreas Broeckmann (2020). CREATING IN THE ERA OF ARTIFICIAL 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 Art Market New York: Fashion Institute of Technology Publishing.
Irini Papadimitriou (2018). Artificially Intelligent London: Victoria & Albert Museum
Hannes Leopoldseder, Christine Schöpf, Gerfried Stocker (2017).Ars Electronica 2017.
Caroline Achaintre, Elizabeth Price, and George Shaw (2017).Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2017. New Contemporaries (1988) Ltd.

Articles/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).

Interviews

'CUSP', Zabludowicz: Interview with Jake Elwes and Curator Maitreyi Maheshwari, 2019. (PDF)
'Interview, Maria Redaelli, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, 2020. (PDF)
Artsy, Sam Gaskin, 2018. (PDF)
New York Times, Gabe Cohn, 2018. (PDF)
Global News Canada, 2018. (video)
Fast Company, DJ Pangburn, 2018. (PDF)
Francesca Gavin, Financial Times.

Talks / Conferences / Workshops


2019
  talk - Beyond Conference - November 2019, Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland
  panel & talk - 13th Academy Discussion [and …]: AI versus Art? - 18 Sept 2019, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany
  panel & talk - Digital futures, materiality and added value: When data is a medium for artistic expression, what is the future value of the material artefact, Barbican Center, London
  panel & talk - "So how is that working for you?, Goldsmiths University, London
  panel & talk - Lumen Art Projects: Artists in the Machine (in conversation with Alexander Mordvintsev, creator of Google Deep Dream), Event Two (50th anniversary of the landmark Computer Arts Society), Royal College of Art, London.
  talk - Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Madrid, Italy. Watch here
  panel & talk - ART•AI Festival, Leicester, UK
  conference & talk - Kunst und Künstliche Intelligenz, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany
  conference & talk - United Europe Seminar, Department of Engineering, Cambridge
  conference & exhibiton - 'AI - Why It Matters', British Museum
  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, March 2018

2017
  workshop & talk - AI, Computer Vision for Art, Architecture & as a Creative Tool, CHORA conscious city, Institute for Architecture, Technische Universität Berlin. October 2017
  talk - Latent Spaces, Dirty Datasets & Autonomous Art - Art & Technology: Vienna, September 2017
  talk & workshop - Ars Electronica, AI Project Spaces: Artist Workshops - Postcity, Linz, Austria, September 2017
  conference & exhibiton - Google I/O Extended 2017 (demo), Google Campus London
  talk - Machine Learning & Art - London Creative Coding, March 2017 - Youtube Video & Slides PDF

2016
  talk - Creative applications of Artificial Intelligence - UCL, December 2016

Further Qualifications

‘The Neural Aesthetic - Machine Learning for Artists’, School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe, Berlin, 2016
‘ITP Camp’, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, 2018
‘Programming Applications’, Computer Science BSc Module, Kings College London 2015

'Convolutional Neural Networks', Andrew Ng, Coursera 2018
‘Neural Networks and Deep Learning’ (Stanford University), Andrew Ng, Coursera 2017
‘Creative Applications of Deep Learning with TensorFlow’, Kadenze 2016

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