Elvis is a two screen video portrait of the artist as Elvis and Elvis as the artist. The work continues Libby’s investigations into the deepfake faceswap AI algorithm as both a tool and subject. Elvis has been exhibited as part of the Mether video screening programme, Huddersfield; Real Time Constraints, Arebyte Gallery, London and will feature as part of Visionarias at Etopia Center for Art & Technology, Zaragoza, opening January 2021.
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.