Ai-Da: The AI Powered Robot Artist, Agnieszka Cichocka, δημοσίευση DailyArt [15/12/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Ai-Da, a humanoid robot-artist named after a female pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace, has gained international attention after she was able to draw people from sight with a pencil using her bionic arm and being equipped with cameras. This year she had her own exhibition during the Venice Biennale, one of the most important world celebrations of art and architecture exploring political and social issues through performance, sculpture, and installations.
The Story Behind Ai-Da
Ai-Da is the world’s first ultra-realistic robot artist. With the use of cameras in her eyes, AI algorithms, and a robotic arm, she draws, paints, and creates performance art and sculptures. She was created in February 2019 by Aidan Meller and Lucy Seal and built by Engineered Art, the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of humanoid entertainment robots. Ai-Da’s robotic drawing arm is designed and programmed by Salah El Abd and Ziad Abass. The team of highly skilled contributors to the Ai-Da project is called the “Oxfordians”. In April 2022, Ai-Da launched her new painting arm giving her some new abilities such as painting using a palette.
Exhibitions of Ai-Da
The exhibition in Venice was not the first high-profile exhibition of the artist. Ai-Da made history in 2021 at a solo show called Ai-Da: Portrait of a Robot at the Design Museum in London, with her first self-portraits that were painted with no conscious self. The show raised numerous questions about identity in the digital world and the way human beings merge with technology.
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