Digital Project
18 Jan - 17 May 2021

Lend me your Face! - Tamiko Thiel and /p

Lend Me Your Face is a participatory deepfake artificial intelligence project by Tamiko Thiel and /p. 

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 highlight the growing simplification of new technologies exploring the tension between people’s desire to engage with them and the problematics that lay beneath.

Further Reading

"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.


Lend Me Your Face © Tamiko Thiel and /p, 2020

Participate in Lend Me Your Face! on the Media Wall

Upload an image of yourself using the form below and it will be added to the Media Wall between 13 April and 17 May 2021.

Instructions for image submission: To frame your face, ideally the image should include from the top of your face to the base of your throat. There should be a space between the top of your hair and the top of the image. The more hair on the side of your face the better. Open your lips but do not smile!

Files must be less than 1 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.

Please note: by submitting this form, you are consenting to your image being featured online or archived within the context of the Lend Me Your Face, an artwork by Tamiko Thiel in collaboration /p. In submitting any images, you agree that you hold the rights for the photo written, and that any identifiable individuals within photographs submitted have given their permission or, for children 18 and under, and vulnerable people, permission from a parent/carer has been obtained. The Photographers’ Gallery bears no responsibility for presenting/sharing any image. Your personal data will be managed respectfully and responsibly, in accordance with our privacy policy.

Go Fake Yourself!

Participants are invited to upload their portrait and explore how easily one's identity, emotions and speech can be manipulated using recent technological developments. The resulting videos are only visible to the uploader of the image.



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.