Jake Elwes (UK)

The Zizi Show

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Image: Jake Elwes, Zizi - Queering the Dataset, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Playing at the intersection of AI and drag.


27 January - 24 March


Footscray Community Arts (Outdoors) [i]
45 Moreland St, Footscray
24 hrs


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



The Zizi Project is an ongoing collection of works exploring the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and drag performance.

Drag challenges gender and explores otherness, while AI, often mystified as a concept and tool, is complicit in reproducing social bias. Zizi combines these themes through a deepfake, synthesised drag identity created using machine learning. The project explores what AI can teach us about drag, and what drag can teach us about AI.

Searching for poetry and narrative in the success and failures of AI systems, Jake Elwes’ practice makes use of the sophistication of machine learning, while finding illuminating qualities in its limitations. Elwes seeks to queer datasets, demystifying and subverting predominantly cisgender and straight AI systems.

A Queer PHOTO exhibition curated by Brendan McCleary Presented by Midsumma and PHOTO Australia Supported by Creative Victoria through the Victorian Government’s Go West Fund

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March