Image Credit: ‘Not I’ by Unit Text. Photographer Chris Scott 

The Sounds of Deep Fake

The Sounds of Deep Fake exhibition, curated by the Institute for Design Informatics, brings together work from artists Theodore Koterwas, Everest Pipkin, and creative research studio, Unit Test.  The associated exhibit features work by Holly Herndon in collaboration with Never Before Heard Sounds and Rachel Maclean.   

Right now, so many of these technologies are capturing the public’s imagination. There are a lot of news headlines and scare stories, so I think it’s important to cut through this hype to address AI in a way that people can engage with, and ask questions about, instead of just being given answers from experts, corporations or governments. It is also important for us as artists to engage critically and to engage people with this subject in an accessible way.

Participating Artist, Theodore Kotwerwas 

The exhibition runs throughout August as part of Edinburgh Art Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

The Sounds of Deep Fake is a new exhibition at Inspace Gallery bringing together international artists working with sound and emerging technologies to explore deep fake audio. Premiering as part of the 2023 Edinburgh Festivals, the exhibition is a collaboration between Inspace Gallery, the Institute of Design Informatics and Creative Informatics 

Each artist asks what it means to synthesise and replicate reality, to bring together human and machine voices, and to literally put words into others’ mouths through their unique creative and critical perspectives. 

The Sounds of Deep Fake includes three artworks and an associated exhibit featuring work with sound and emerging technologies to explore deep fake audio. The works ask what it means, personally and politically, to synthesise, clone and manipulate voices to replicate reality.  

“We are thrilled to be supporting this exhibition as part of our Creative AI demonstrator project, which is exploring the opportunities, challenges and implications of AI. These works bring AI, through Deep Fake, to life in beautiful, tangible and emotionally engaging ways that ask meaningful questions about what it means to create, collaborate and live with AI. Throughout Creative Informatics we have worked with creative people and companies to help them use data in new ways, supporting research and development but also understanding of complexity, ethical approaches, and the potential of new technology. We are excited for the potential of AI, and to see how artists and creatives can shed new light on our understanding and critical engagement with these complex technologies. It is a joy to see audiences respond to the works in The Sounds of Deep Fake and we hope they will find it as exciting, thought provoking and challenging as know this space to be.” 

Nicola Osborne, Creative Informatics Programme Manager 

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