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. The results are creative, certainly by the recent definitions. Margaret Boden, Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Sussex, has suggested that “creativity is the ability to come up with ideas or artefacts that are new, surprising and valuable,” and these are all attributes that Ai-Da’s art possesses. Like artists ranging from Rembrandt and his workshops during the Dutch Golden Age to Damien Hirst and his dot paintings, Ai-Da collaborates with others to produce her paintings and sculptures.
Ai-Da’s art can be seen as the product of broad collaborations across various specializations, 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.