Named after Ada Lovelace, the first female computer programmer, Ai-Da the robot is the brainchild of gallery director Aidan Meller.She has been designed and built by the Cornish robotics company Engineered Arts, and her drawing abilities have been created and developed by students at the University of Leeds.

Her style is influenced by the breakthroughs in portraiture from the early twentieth century, including the expressionist and cubist movements. Ai-Da’s portraits are distorted, jagged and fragmented, where the identity and character is both perceivable and obscured at the same time. Ai-Da’s urgent, splintered style reflects our current world as we navigate a world morphing in response to advancing technological developments and a destabilising environment.

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