Ai-Da started with abstract art and then moved on to self-portraits using artificial intelligence technology. Now her work is on display for the first time at the Design Museum in London.
Ai-Da is an ultra-realistic robot artist named after mathematician Ada Lovelace. Android was created by a team of programmers, robotics, art historians and psychologists in 2019. The work was carried out for two years. And they continue to modify the robot as technology advances.
This is the first robot artist of its kind. The creators said that she started her "career" with abstract art, and now moved on to self-portraits, which do not differ from the work of living artists. To do this, Ai-Da uses artificial intelligence. “These are literally the first self-portraits in the world without 'I', because she is a machine, she has no consciousness,” said Aidan Möller, one of the authors of the project.
Ai-Da herself said that the work on the paintings takes from 45 minutes to one hour. And AI draws inspiration from the works of other artists, especially those who communicate a lot with the audience. She named Kandinsky, Yoko Ono, Doris Salcedo and Aldous Huxley as her favorite creators.
On Tuesday, May 18, three self-portraits of Ai-Da were exhibited at the Design Museum in London. “The paintings should raise questions about where are we going? And what is the role of man in art - if we can already reproduce so much with the help of technology. We intend to stimulate discussion of these topics,”explained Möller.
Priya Khanchandani, head of curatorship at the Design Museum, said now is the right time to discuss artificial intelligence. “In the past year, we have 'moved closer' to technology. So it's time to talk about the art of Ai-Da."
In the future, the robot artist is about to enter Porthmeor Studios in St Ives. There she will create sculptures inspired by the work of Naum Gabo and Barbara Hepworth. Ai-Da noted that she loves the prospect of creating art that provokes discussion - even though she doesn't have the emotions that humans have.
The exhibition of works by Ai-Da will run until August 29.