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Courtesy of Myster Giraffe, Chris Umé, and the Fakening.


Deepfakes and Creative Play

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2022 at 7:00 pm

With deepfake creators “Myster Giraffe,” “the Fakening,” and Chris Umé

Our current exhibition Deepfake: Unstable Evidence on Screen explores the emergence of “deepfakes”: videos made with machine-learning algorithms that create the illusion of people doing or saying things they never did or said. While such videos have the potential to cause harm, deepfake technology can also be used to create works of playful satire, which often present public figures in unexpected, comedic contexts. 

Join Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Barbara Miller in a live, online conversation with three of the most popular, prolific deepfake artists: Chris Umé, Carl Bogan (aka Myster Giraffe), and Paul Shales (aka the Fakening), whose parodies of such figures as Tom Cruise, Will Smith, and Elon Musk are widely seen on YouTube and social media. They will talk about what inspires them, their technical approaches, and share their perspectives on the creative promise and murky ethical issues related to deepfakes.

Free with RSVP. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. EST. Instructions for joining the live event will be sent by email one hour before the start time.

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