How I tricked an Ai to work subconsciously

As the year 2022 has come to a soon and forthcoming end, I am making the final touches to my latest broad and extensive artistic research; understanding the vast possibilities of the mimicking artificial intelligences, both the extensive new language models as well as the latest visual ai-processors available to university researchers alongside the commercial available processors (Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, Dall-E etc.).

During my recent artistic work I have taken the new tools into grasp and adobted artifical intelligence into my work. Developing upon a series of studies I am taking a quantum-leap away from the Lascaux-series into my new series of works named SKINWALKER IO. These studies will become available as NFT’s via Annika Nuttall Gallery very shortly.

One of my strongest findings while developing my visual works using the super-brains of artificial intelligences; was how to trick the Ai to develop ”subconscious absurdities”, yet manageable for the chaotic human brain to build meaning into and visually understand. With an almost Salvador Dali dark-space way of thinking, the hypothesis was to build a vast combination of several artificial intelligences, building a big web of defocused thought-strings which was then feeded into one specific artificial intelligence after being word-processed by a non-visual artificial intelligence (gbt-3). Now the end result you might ask? An endless stream of visual nonsense build-up by processing fragments of textprompts developed in collaboration with the OpenAi language model GBT-3 (now called ChatGBT).

Skinwalker IO Study

This way I was able to build a sort of ”programming language” or clear-coded prompt which would then make the textprompts more direct and easier for the Ai to understand rather than the dull ”human language” which also functions as a cultural barrier. The visual ai-processors was then more common to create the illusion of abstract thinking and subconscious image processing. Rather than making literal figurative visualisations when you ask the Ai to make a figuration or motive (example: write ”dog” and the machine creates a dog figuratively).

The Skinwalker Io studies are my early visual testimony of trying to build an artistic prompt-language stronger than the common human language was capable of. And thereby preserving the necesity of artistic understanding and abstraction.


Skinwalker1 io as a series relates by the name to the ancient stories of magical beings that could transform into, possess or disguise themselves as animals and biological entities. In modern western pop-culture this has often been referred to in science fictional ways such as John Carpenters movie ”the thing” from 1982 where the skinwalker came in various biological hazardous ways. As a bacterial infection or a virus, changing its host into a sentient alien being.


However during my studies with the artificial intelligences it struck me that the skinwalker was not me the human being necessarily, rather the alien lifeform expanding its knowledge about me from each typing into the prompt. I/O is the technical term for the the data or information that is passed into or out of a computer; as I was becoming aware that the real Skinwalker posessing and disguising itself was the I/O (computer input)2.

Skinwalker IO Study

Just as we are currently witnessing the largest allocation of wealth in late modern history3 (2020-2022); this overseen but equally deterioating power structure and evolutionary step in human creative consciousness are taking place simultanously. It may sound pompous in all its fabulation here. But it is however nonetheless the dawn of a new era when it comes to artistic expression and artistic research. Artificial Intelligence has reached a point where it is possible to let them assist you within the creative processes, when developing new works of art. But at what cost? The Prompt-whisperers are slowly but securely entering our collective counsciousness and the tales of their disguise and poseessing powers are yet to be told.

Skinwalker IO Studies will be available via Skinwalker.io beginning of 2023

1Wall, C., 2011. Navajo-English Dictionary. New York: Hippocrene Books.

2 Collins English Dictionary, 2022. [online] Available at: <https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/i-o> [Accessed 30 September 2022].

3Sorkin, A., Warner, B., Giang, V., Kessler, S., Gandel, S., Merced, M., Hirsch, L. and Livni, E., 2022. After a Big Rate Increase, Markets Fear a Recession. [online] Nytimes.com. Available at: <https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/22/business/dealbook/fed-latest-rate-increase-odds-recession.html> [Accessed 30 September 2022].

Art Collaborations at Noma Fermentation Lab

During December 2021 and January 2022, Johannes Holt Iversen has developed a work in collaboration with Director of Fermentation, Jason White from the highly acclaimed Noma Restaurant. The work consist of a plexiglass construction containing a combination of Optical Holographic PVC and grown Mycelium Hyphae-mold biologically slowed down through the Laboratory-equipment at Noma Restaurant. The objective with the collaboration was to investigate the borders between the synthetic and the organic and where these opposites meet.

Director of Fermentation, Jason White & Visual Artist, Johannes Holt Iversen in front of the newly installed work now hanging in the Kitchen and Laboratory at Noma Restaurant
“Non-Fungible Synthetic Token YH-001”, exhibited at Noma Restaurant (2022)
“Non-Fungible Synthetic Token YH-001”, exhibited at Noma Restaurant (2022)

Johannes Holt Iversen Now Represented by The Edit Gallery on Cyprus

Johannes Holt Iversen is now officially being represented by The Edit Gallery on Cyprus. The cypriot gallery owner Elena Ioannidou has a vast experience in the art world. With a MA degree in Art Business from Sothesby’s Institute of Art in London she has a keen knowledge on the multifaceted art market. The Edit Gallery was established in 2019 and is focussing on National -& International Contemporary Art. The Edit Gallery is a member of The Federation of European Art Galleries Association (F.E.A.G.A.)

The Edit Gallery will be representing Johannes Holt Iversen on Cyprus

Johannes Holt Iversen represented by Paris-based Galerie 208 (FR)

From April 2021 the Paris-based Galerie208 will be representing Johannes Holt Iversen’s work in France moving forward. Gallery owner Patricia Chicheportiche launched Galerie 208 in 2006, representing artists and contributing to their larger recognition. Among their collaborations is the renowned hyper-realist sculptor Daniel Firman. Galerie 208 has invested in places such as the Invalides, Palais de Tokyo and Printemps Haussmann.

Galerie 208 will represent Johannes Holt Iversen in Paris, with works from his series called “Lascaux”

Visiting The Acclaimed Italian Banditto Artist Residency During The COVID-19 Pandemic

During July 2020 the Amsterdam-based artist Johannes Holt Iversen visited the acclaimed artist residency in Montefollonico, Tuscany held by international art collector Roy Ockers. In the shadows of the COVID-19 haunted Italy, several works from his series Lascaux 1.0 beta was conceived during his stay.

Johannes Holt Iversen during his visit at the Banditto Artist Residency, Montefollonico, Tuscany (Photographer: Alfredo Falvo)

Italy was one of the first European countries to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virus was first confirmed to have spread to Italy on 31 January 2020, when two Chinese tourists in Rome tested positive for the virus.

By the beginning of March, the virus had spread to all regions of Italy.

“What struck me the most when I arrived in Florene Airport on the 27th of July; was experiencing the horrific aftermath of what the first wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic had done to Italy. Here the military vans -and personel was patrolling outside the white testing camps at the airport entrance, as the masked testing-staff were triaging you before you could fully enter Italy.”

Johannes Holt Iversen, August 2020

As of July 2020, Italy had 688,435 active cases, one of the highest in the world. But how was it to witness the pictoresque Italy in the middle of a global crisis?

“You could experience endless rows of beautiful lonesome Tuscan streets, especially surrounding the bigger towns. In the evening you would see ambulances driving in to town and you knew instantly that someone were to be taken to the hospital for covid-observations. The anxiety and fear just permeated into everything.”

Johannes Holt Iversen, August 2020

In May, many restrictions were gradually eased, and on 3rd of June freedom of movement across Italian regions and other European countries was restored.

Thereby also making the artist residency programme possible for art collector Roy Ockers and artist Johannes Holt Iversen to proceed and fulfill.

Artist Johannes Holt Iversen and International Art Collector Roy Ockers
Johannes Holt Iversen during his residency in Montefollonico, Tuscany
(Photographer: Alfredo Falvo)
A Room With A View – During artist residency in Montefollonico, Tuscany

Johannes Holt Iversen exhibits at the Royal Danish Embassy in the Netherlands

Johannes Holt Iversen is exhibiting a series of works from his series Lascaux 1.0 beta alongside selected oil paintings in the Ambassador’s residence in the Hague, Netherlands. In collaboration with the danish ministry of foreign affairs, the Royal Danish Embassy is showcasing the works until 2021/2022. For more information please contact the Danish ministry of foreign affairs or the Royal Danish Embassy.

Royal Danish Embassy, the Hague, Netherlands 2020
Royal Danish Embassy, the Hague, Netherlands 2020
Royal Danish Embassy, the Hague, Netherlands 2020

Rediscovering The Retro-Future Look

Paris Fashion Designer Tatiana Quard and Amsterdam-based Contemporary Painter Johannes Holt Iversen has initiated a collaboration in creating a series of clothes using unconventional methods to turn contemporary painting into futuristic designs in their new series “Centaurus Alpha Centauri”.


The collaboration which took place working across both major cities Amsterdam and Paris, draws inspirations from various cultural sources with a strong link into futuristic thinking. The pieces has been shot in a series of pictures by fashion photographer Jean-Phillipe Cervel in Paris.
With influences such as modern techwear and astronautical workwear, which has resurfaced visually persistently since the 2000s, the duo has taken an approach to the futuristic look which grounds in a rather more arte avant-garde, than the technology-driven approach usually associated with the style.

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Johannes Holt Iversen Wins Main Art Prize At Italian Galleria Banditto

Johannes Holt Iversen has been selected for the main art prize from Italian-based gallery and artist residency Galleria Banditto. The contemporary art gallery based in Montefollonico, Tuscany helds a yearly competition for their art prize, consisting of a cash prize and an artist residency in their guest-appartment and studio fascilities in Tuscany. By inviting a broad spectre of artists Galleria Banditto serves to make the art prize as diverse possible. A commitee consisting of Gallery Owner and Art Collector Roy Ockers, Art Curator Keri James, Artist Frans Smit and International Art Collector Peter Ibsen then choose a winner for the main prize among the more than 700 contestants that applies their work yearly.

Galleria Banditto Main Prize Winner Johannes Holt Iversen

Art Works Acquired for the National Danish Art Collection

The Danish Arts Council (Statens Kunstfond) has acquired three art works by Johannes Holt Iversen for the National Danish Art Collection. The Danish Art Council acquired the works through Danish gallerist Annika Nuttall who also recently held Johannes Holt Iversen’s first solo exhibition “INTERFERENCE” in Denmark back in September 2019. Nuttall’s exhibition was the first danish show since his emigration to the Netherlands and the Dutch art academy Gerrit Rietveld Academie back in 2016.

Lascaux 1.5.1 beta is one of the acquired works for the Danish National Collection

The acquired art works stems from two autonomous series of works. The Lascaux 1.0 Sculpture-series initiated in 2019 as well as the Hyper-Primitive Painting-series initiated back in 2018. The Hyper-Primitive series was furthermore showcased for the first time during his first solo exhibition “Concerning the Hyper-Primitive” in Paris, France supported by the Augustinus Foundation.