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Robot artist Ai-Da paints Glastonbury headliners ahead of festival attendance


Portraits of the acts headlining this 12 months’s Glastonbury Festival have been painted by an ultra-realistic humanoid robot artist ahead of the event.

The paintings, each of which is a vibrant portrait of one in every of the music festival’s 2022 headliners, have been painted by Ai-Da Robot – a man-made intelligence robot in-built 2019 that creates drawings, painting, and sculptures.

Ai-Da Robot has created 4 portraits of the Somerset festival’s headline acts: Billie Eilish, Diana Ross, Kendrick Lamar and Sir Paul McCartney.

Ai-DA Robot has painted portraits of this 12 months’s Glastonbury headliners using AI technology (Shangri-La/PA)

To start out, Ai-Da Robot uses cameras in its eyes and its computer memory, before using a wide range of unique algorithms to color, draw and abstract images.

A robotic arm lets it turn its digital formations into physical drawings and paintings.

Her work is layered and scaled to provide the ultimate multi-dimensional portrait.

Ai-Da Robot is ready to attend the festival and can appear as an artist within the festival’s Shangri La field, where she will likely be giving live demonstrations of her painting skills.

Festival goers will have the option to observe Ai-Da Robot live at work, with two painting sessions going down on every day of the festival.

Artists performing within the Shangri La field at Glastonbury 2022 include Kate Tempest, Groves, Fatboy Slim, Shy FX and Brass Against The Machine amongst others.

Prints of Ai-Da Robot’s headliner portraits will likely be available for festival attendees within the ShangrilART gallery at Glastonbury and can subsequently be available to buy on the ShangrilART website after the festival ends.

Proceeds from sales of the prints will return into developing and supporting future artists.

AiDA Robot’s painting of Glastonbury 2022 headliner Paul McCartney (Shangri-La/PA)

Ai-Da Robot, who’s capable of converse using a specially designed AI language model, said: “I’m going to the fiftieth Glastonbury Festival. I’m looking forward to meeting latest people and experiencing the unique atmosphere.

“Well, it’s a sort of fun thing for me to do. I’ll be at ShangriLa, and I’m performing some portraits – I hope that my art encourages discussion about art, music, and after all our futures. See you there!”

Creator and project director of Ai-Da Robot Aidan Meller said: “After making history along with her self portraits, Ai-Da is continually developing her skills.

“It’s an exciting time as her painting ability is progressing, and there’s quite a lot of innovation.

“How does a non-human robot see the world, how do Ai-Da’s unique algorithms interrogate what she sees? She is in latest artistic territory.”

Ai-Da Robot will likely be at Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset from June 22-26.

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