daniel c. howe
daniel c. howe
FEATURE: Big Dada videos acquired by the British National Film Archive – News/Events

FEATURE: Big Dada videos acquired by the British National Film Archive

May 31, 2020 - Homepage

The BFI National Archive has acquired our AI-generated ‘deepfake’ videos of a number of high profile public figures including Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian and Mark Zuckerberg.  The videos were produced as part of the ‘Big Dada’ project created by myself and Bill Posters, which explores the role played by computational propaganda in contemporary public debate.

BFI National Archive Curator of Contemporary Fiction, Will Massa said:

As well as documenting and preserving the art and history of filmmaking, the BFI National Archive offers us an important insight into the impact of the moving image on society at large, from the earliest surviving Victorian films through to YouTube viral hits. We find ourselves at something of a watershed moment in terms of our relationship to news, information and trusted sources, and the acquisition of these works bring us right up to the cutting edge… When I experienced ‘Spectre’ at Doc/Fest in Sheffield I found its use of ‘deepfake’ video technology chillingly effective…


The BFI is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. It is a cultural charity that:

  • Curates and presents the greatest international public programme of World Cinema for audiences; in cinemas, at festivals and online
  • Cares for the BFI National Archive – the most significant film and television archive in the world
  • Actively seeks out and supports the next generation of filmmakers
  • Works with Government and industry to make the UK the most creatively exciting and prosperous place to make film internationally

The BFI National Archive was founded in 1935 and has grown to become the one of the largest and most important collections of film and television in the world with over 180,000 films and 750,000 television programmes. For over 80 years the BFI has been an international leader in film preservation and guardian of Britain’s unparalleled film and TV heritage. The BFI is an innovator in presenting films to audiences in new and dynamic ways, from cinemas to film festivals, outdoor events to online video-on-demand services.