Spies, Lies and Deception


Imperial War Museums
September 2023

Clay created a series hand drawn animations and an interactive quiz for this must-see exhibition which tells the story of deception and espionage from the First World War to the present day.

A tear-gas firing pen, lipstick camera, secret pencil and covert radio were all bought to life with revealing animated sequences and playful sound design. The animation style was inspired by vintage cinema and period patent illustrations, giving the animations a nostalgic feel reminiscent of World War II and the Cold War era.

The Deep Fakes interactive exhibit challenges participants to find a deep fake portrait from a lineup of individuals, offering insights into the limitations of AI-generated photos. Visitors analyse subtle cues that reveal the fakes, and then face the unique task of identifying the authentic person in a crowd of deep fakes. The exhibit concludes with a video that sheds light on the growing role of deepfakes in contemporary espionage.

★★★★★ "a fascinating look at the tricks, and dangers, of espionage" The Telegraph

★★★★★ "a whole century of espionage, misdirection, subterfuge, camouflage, double-dealing and just about anything that has been used to gain an advantage" Evening Standard