Since artificial intelligence robots have been sketching and painting, it has been a matter of time to do an exhibition of their works.
The first such exhibition in the world will be made by the robotic painter Ai-Da at the “Barn Gallery” at St. John’s College in Oxford University from June 12th to July 6th.
The humanoid robot (with an external appearance of a model) can walk, talk and hold a pencil or a brush. Her works do not have to envy many things from those of contemporary painters of abstract art.
The name Ai-Da refers to the name of the man who inspired her, as well as the pioneer British mathematician Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), the daughter of Lord Byron, who is believed to have written the first computer program.
Ai-Da is very productive in her work as she is able to complete her work within two hours. In comparison, Leonardo da Vinci took about 15 years for “Mona Lisa” (which he again considered incomplete), while sculptor “Ogist Roden” worked for nearly four decades the “Gates of Hell”.
Ai-Da can sketch a portrait by sight, compose a painting of abstract art, while not hesitate to test her hand in sculpture. Her main feature is that she is able to teach herself new things and thus create increasingly complex projects. Starting from something simple, like a photo of a tree or a bee, the robot is capable of painting something abstract, which would perfectly fit into a gallery of modern art.
“We can not predict what she will do, what she is going to produce, what is the limit of her creation. We are at the beginning of a new era of humanoid robots and it will be exciting to see what the impact will be on art”,
said gallerist Aidan Meller, curator of the exhibition with the eloquent title “Unsecured Futures”, according to the British “Telegraph”.
As he said, his goal is not the robots to replace the artists one day, but he believes that the rise of artificial intelligence in the field of art resembles the emergence of photography.
He also pointed out that:
“In the 1850s, everyone thought that photography would replace art and artists, but in fact it worked complementary to art, it became a new kind of art that brought many new jobs.”
Meller expressed the hope that the interest the robot has already spawned will encourage wider public debate about artificial intelligence and its possible negative effects and the dangers it poses. He had taken the initiative to order Ai-Da two years ago at the British robotics company “Engineered Arts“, while Leeds University engineers created her sophisticated robotic hand.