Lend me your Face! - Tamiko Thiel and /p
Lend Me Your Face: Go Fake Yourself! is a participatory deepfake artificial intelligence project by Tamiko Thiel and /p.
Participants are invited to upload their portrait and explore how easily one's identity, emotions and speech can be manipulated using recent technological developments.
Deepfakes are synthetic images created with machine learning algorithms in which a person's face is replaced with someone else's. Using videos of speeches by public figures as primary media, the system only needs a few minutes of processing and a single photograph to animate a participant's features.
The resulting videos, only visible to the uploader of the image, highlight the growing simplification of new technologies exploring the tension between people’s desire to engage with them and the problematics that lay beneath.
"Playing with that dynamic, that tension between people's desire to see their faces on the big screen and their realisation that it could be problematic for them personally."
Read Maintaining Composure, an accompanying conversation between Tamiko Thiel and Sarah Cook.
Tamiko Thiel is a visual artist exploring the interplay of place, space, the body and cultural identity. She works in a variety of media ranging from supercomputers to digital prints and videos to interactive 3d virtual reality worlds and augmented and mixed reality artworks and installations. The artist /p has been collaborating with Tamiko since 2018 on many media art projects.
Lend Me Your Face: Go Fake Yourself is a part of Imagin(in)g Networks, a new programme exploring the existing and potential networks that use images to enable human and machine interactions.