The Sounds of Deep Fake – Opening Reception and Artist Talks

The Sounds of Deep Fake: Unit Test, Theodore Koterwas, Everest Pipkin - Opening Reception and Artist Talks

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6:00 – 8:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Fri 4th Aug 2023
Inspace Gallery, 1 Crichton St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9AB


When is a voice authentic? Whose voice is it? This exhibition, curated by the Institute for Design Informatics, brings together work from the artists Theodore Koterwas, Everest Pipkin, and the creative research studio, Unit Test, among others. Working with sound, voice, and emerging technologies, this exhibition asks what it means, personally and politically, to synthesize, clone, and manipulate voices, to bring together humans and speaking machines, and to literally put words into others’ mouths. Supported by the Institute for Design Informatics and Creative Informatics.
Join Inspace and the Institute for Design Informatics, for The Sounds of Deep Fake opening reception and event featuring talks by exhibiting artists Theodore Kotwerwas, Everest Pipkin and Martin Disley, from Unit Test. Hear from the artists about the works on show and gain insights into how they have creatively used artificial intelligence (AI) technology to explore some of the ethical challenges that surround its use in the manipulation of sound and data.

This event has limited seating so please register early to ensure you have a spot.


Gemma Milne is a Glasgow-based writer and researcher focused on narratives surrounding, activism in and political economy of science and technology. She is author of ‘Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It’; is an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow in Digital Society and Economy at Glasgow University and is completing her PhD at Edinburgh University focused on corporate futurism. Gemma writes for outlets such as The Guardian, WIRED, Forbes, the BBC and others; is co-host of the Radical Science podcast; and is the editor of The New Real Editions – a magazine focused on the intersection of AI and art. Gemma is a Fellow of the Creative Industries Research Centre Europe (CIRCE), an Assessor for Innovate UK, a Fellow of the Institute for the Future of Work, and an Innovation Jury Member for SXSW and has previously been a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, an Expert Advisor for the European Commission and a Scout for Backed VC.

Theodore Koterwas is an artist working with data, physical phenomena and the human body to make things resonate. He seeks to draw critical attention to aspects of daily experience that often go unnoticed but profoundly impact on how we understand each other, technology and the environment.

Everest Pipkin is a game developer, writer, and artist from central Texas who lives and works on a sheep farm in southern New Mexico. Their work both in the studio and in the garden follows themes of ecology, tool making, and collective care during collapse. When not at the computer in the heat of the day, you can find them in the hills spending time with their neighbours— both human and non-human.

Martin Disley is an artist, researcher and developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland (working independently and with Design Informatics). His visual practice centres around an ongoing critical investigation into machine learning, manifesting its internal contradictions and logical limitations in beguiling images, video and sound. He is the cofounder, along with Murad Khan, of Unit Test, a creative research studio exploring the methods of investigative computing and counter data-science practices.

Inspace, 1 Crichton Street, Edinburgh