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Elvis is a two channel video portrait of the artist as Elvis and Elvis as the artist. The work uses a machine learning technique known as deep fake face swap. Since Elvis and Libby have different facial structures, there's a subtle blurring of identity - a non-binary Elvis - an uncanny hybrid of them both. Audience members come to the piece with the assumption that both screen are showing the original Elvis, but then notice the differences due to the deep fakes. The piece highlights the constructed nature of gender, particularly in relation to recent digital technologies. The work questions the notion of male author genius and also talks about our desire and consumption around the cult of celebrity. Elvis invites the audience into a reimagined history where the King of Rock and Roll was actually a womxn.