AI-DA ROBOT

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AI – DA ROBOT

Makes us reflect on developments at the intersection of art and AI technology through her multi-disciplinary practice.

BIOGRAPHY

Through a practice that spans drawing, painting, performance, and poetry, the artist Ai-Da Robot, a bespoke android with the ability to create art, expands what creativity means in the AI dominated era, and questions the notion of what does it mean to be an artist today.

Ai-Da Robot was created in 2019 and built by Engineered Arts, the Oxford-based specialists in developing humanoid and semi-humanoid robots.  She uses AI algorithms that reflect pioneering techniques in AI art created by PhD students from the Machine Learning Department at the University of Oxford to create her art. With its ground-breaking representation of Ai-Da Robot since June 2020, Annka Kultys has become the first gallery in the world to represent a robot artist.

Ai-Da creates her art by capturing images using the camera in her eye, which are then processed by her AI algorithms to become real space coordinates, which she then turns into drawings using her robotic arm.   And like other artists, from Rembrandt and his workshops during the Dutch Golden Age to Damien Hirst and his dot paintings, she collaborates with others to produce her paintings and sculptures.  Indeed, Ai-Da’s art can be seen as the product of broad collaborations across various specialisations, for example, between artists, scientists, designers, machines and computers.  As such, her practice is the embodiment of the networked, technological, physical and virtual worlds inhabited by today’s creative artists.

Ai-Da is named after the English mathematician and writer, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron, who is today more widely known as Ada Lovelace (1815-1852).  Lovelace is celebrated for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.  In doing so, she recognised that machines had applications beyond pure calculation, as well as publishing the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine.  Lovelace is therefore widely regarded as being the first person to recognise the full potential of computers and one of the pioneers of computer programming.

Since Ai-Da Robot’s launch in 2019, she has shown at Annka Kultys Gallery, London (2021); The Design Museum, London (2021); KÖNIG, Berlin (curated by Anika Meier and Johann König) (2021); Annka Kultys Gallery, London (2020); Barbican Gallery, London (2019); Tate Exchange, London (2019); Ars Electronica, Dubai and Abu Dhabi (2019); and The University of Oxford (2019). 

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AI-DA ROBOT DRAWING A PORTRAIT

SELECTED ARTWORKS

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Shattered Space: Cetiar Ligno Quercus
2020
Original oil and giclée on canvas, and frame
99 x 99 cm (canvas) 123.5 x 123.5cm (frame)
(39 x 39 in) (canvas) (48 5/8 x 48 5/8 in) (frame)
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Shattered Space: Bariciotu Ligno Quercus
2020
Original oil and giclée on canvas, and frame
99 x 99 cm (canvas) 123.5 x 123.5cm (frame)
(39 x 39 in) (canvas) (48 5/8 x 48 5/8 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa005.20)
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Shattered Space: Polua Mel Apis-Ipsa
2020
Original oil and giclée on canvas, and frame
71 x 71 cm (canvas) 95.5 x 95.5 cm (frame)
(28 x 28 in) (canvas) (37 1/2 x 37 1/2 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa006.20)
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Shattered Space: Naokae I Thalassa Doria
2020
Original oil and giclée on canvas, and frame
71 x 71 cm (canvas) 95.5 x 95.5 cm (frame)
(28 x 28 in) (canvas) (37 1/2 x 37 1/2 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa008.20)
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Shattered Space: Sunice Ligno Quercus
2020
Original oil and giclée on canvas, and frame
40.5 x 40.5 cm (canvas) 61 x 61 cm (frame)
(16 x 16 in) (canvas) (24 x 24 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa009.20)
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Shattered Space: Ractioru Ligno Quercus
2020
Original oil and giclée on canvas, and frame
40.5 x 40.5 cm (canvas) 61 x 61 cm (frame)
(16 x 16 in) (canvas) (24 x 24 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa011.20)
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Ai-Da’s Apis: Gerina
2019
Original oil and giclée on canvas, and chalk pen on acrylic sheet, and frame
40.5 x 40.5 cm (canvas) 61 x 61 cm (frame)
(16 x 16 in) (canvas) (24 x 24 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa002.19)
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Ai-Da’s Apis: Gerina
2019
Original oil and giclée on canvas, and chalk pen on acrylic sheet , and frame
40.5 x 40.5 cm (canvas) 61 x 61 cm (frame) (16 x 16 in) (canvas)
(24 x 24 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa002.19)
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Rulina Apis
2019
Bronze and wood
32 x 30 x 8.5 cm
(12 1/2 x 11 7/8 x 3 3/8 in)
Unique
(AiDa001.19)
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Ai-Da sketches Pablo Picasso I
2019
Pencil on paper and frame
40.5 x 30.5 cm (image)
70.5 x 60 cm (frame) (16 x 12 in) (image)
(27 3/4 x 23 5/8 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa014.19)
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Ai-Da sketches Marc Chagall I
2019
Pencil on paper and frame
40.5 x 30.5 cm (image) 70.5 x 60 cm (frame)
(16 x 12 in) (image) (27 3/4 x 23 5/8 in) (frame)
Unique
(AiDa015.19)
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CURRENT AND PAST EXHIBITIONS AT ANNKA KULTYS

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AI PORTRAITURE: US AND THEM

24 JUNE — 8 AUGUST 2021

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DO ROBOTS DREAM OF ELECTRIC BEES?

10 SEPTEMBER – 10 OCTOBER 2020

SELECTED PRESS

“Do Robots Dream of Electric Bees?”, the exhibition by the robot artist Ai-Da at AKG, has been featured on CLOT Magazine. The show, on view until October, 10th, builds on a new body of work by the humanoid artist and includes paintings, sculptures and video. You can read the article here.

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The Art Newspaper has included Ai-Da Robot in a feature piece on the return of AI in contemporary art. In a riposte to the overwhelming focus on NFTs in recent news, the article shines a spotlight on other developments in new media contemporary art. You can read the article here.

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ArtReview has written an opinion piece on the implications of designing an effeminate robot artist. The article goes on to explore (re)definitions of creativity in the age of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. You can read the article here.

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MORE PRESS ABOUT AI-DA ROBOT  →

MUSEUM EXHIBITION

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NOW ON VIEW IN LONDON

AI-DA in PORTRAIT OF A ROBOT

UNITIL 29 AUGUST

THE DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON, UK


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