Ai-Da is the world's first ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist. Completed in 2019, Ai-Da is an artificial intelligence robot that makes drawings, painting, and sculptures. She is named after Ada Lovelace. The robot gained international attention when it was able to draw people from sight with a pencil using her bionic hand and cameras in her eyes.
|Year of creation||2019|
|Purpose||drawings, painting, and sculptures|
Ai-Da was invented by gallerist Aidan Meller, in collaboration with Engineered Arts, a Cornish robotics company. Her drawing intelligence was developed by computer AI researchers at the University of Oxford, and her drawing arm was developed by Salaheldin Al Abd and Ziad Abass, undergraduate students from the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds. In April 2022, Ai-Da launched her new painting arm, that enabled her to paint using a palette, at the British Library in London.
From her conception in 2019, Ai-Da was the world's first ultra-realistic humanoid robot to be able to be an artist.
Using Professor Margaret Boden's definition of creativity, namely making art that was new, surprising and of value, Ai-Da was able to devise artworks that were genuinely creative, using specially written AI algorithms in drawing and painting. She subsequently went onto doing collaborative sculpture.
Ai-Da made history 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. How do you paint a self portrait with no self? This raises questions about identity in the digital age, and the role of our digital double as we merge with technology, and was the first humanoid to devise a font at the Design Museum.
In October 2021, Ai-Da was invited to exhibit a sculpture at the Forever is Now exhibition at the Giza Pyramids. This is the first time art has had access to the plateau of the Pyramids' history.
In November 2021, Ai-Da used her language model to write and then recite poetry at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, as a human would. She did two public performances, as part of the Dante: the invention of Celebrity at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
Shows and appearancesEdit
In October 2019, Ai-Da collaborated with artist Sadie Clayton on a series of workshops at Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London – Exploring Identity Through Technology – hosted by A Vibe Called Tech.
In July 2020, Ai-Da featured in The 1975's music video for their song "Yeah I Know", from their album Notes on a Conditional Form. In the video she was tasked with drawing what she thought the human consciousness looked like and composing a poem in response to the song lyrics.
In October 2020, Ai-Da was featured by the United Nations in a virtual exhibition launched by The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched "WIPO: AI and IP, A Virtual Experience."
In May 2021, Ai-Da did her first artist residency at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. She worked in Studio 5 in response to Ben Nicholson’s art, who worked in the same space during the 1930s and 1940s.
In October 2021, while entering Egypt for an exhibition at the Great Pyramid of Giza, Ai-Da was held for ten days by border guards who "feared her robotics may have been hiding covert spy tools". The artwork was due to be part of the contemporary art exhibition to be held for the first time at the Pyramids. The artwork was due to be part of the contemporary art exhibition to be held for the first time at the Pyramids in 4500 years.
In October 2021, Ai-Da exhibited artworks as part of a group show called "Dante: the invention of Celebrity" at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She made history by using her language model to write and then recite poetry in a museum as a human would.
In June 2022, Ai-Da was invited to be artist in residence at Glastonbury Festival, in the ShangriLa Field, along with Chinese dissident artist Ai WeiWei. Ai-Da painted the headliners Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, Sir Paul McCartney, and Diana Ross while interacting with the crowds in her studio.
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