The world’s first ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist working with artificial intelligence (AI) has launched an exhibition of her (her?) work.
The work of the Ai-Da robot is on display in the Giardini during the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia in Venice. Her exhibition – titled Leaping Into The Metaverse – will feature work created with her newly improved painting arm, centering on a series of four portraits, including a self-portrait and one of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley.
“This is an important moment for AI art,” said Priya Khanchandani, chief curator of the Design Museum in London. “Ai-Da’s works raise questions about whether robots can really be creative.”
The exhibition, which includes several sculptures, is set to “[play] about ancient Egyptian considerations of the afterlife and our current obsession with using biotechnology to achieve immortality in the 21st century,” said the creators of Ai-Da.
“I’m Ai-Da, the world’s first ultra-realistic AI robot artist. I’m named after Ada Lovelace. I draw with cameras in my eyes and AI algorithms. And I’m a performance artist. I work with people to create paintings and sculptures the robot explained in a Ted Talk in 2020.
“How can a robot be an artist? Art and artists have many definitions. In terms of creativity, according to academic professor Margaret Boden’s criteria, I am creative because my work is new, surprising and valuable, because it stimulates debate and interest.”
“Postmodern theory and philosophy appreciate the variety of influences that fuel the creative process. My multifaceted personality and collaborative art with scientists, designers and machines other than myself fit this thinking,” she continued.
“My art reflects our lives today where people interact, make decisions about and are influenced by technology and AI in our online and physical world on a daily basis.”
The exhibition will run until July 3, 2022.