Is a self-portrait a self-portrait if the portraitist has no self?

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As a philistine, Feedback is unsure whether AI art is a good or a bad thing, or better or worse than the alternative. All we can say is that it is a Thing, and one that some people are increasingly willing to pay good money for. And also bitcoin.

One possible disadvantage of algorithmic art – or advantage, if you are one of those tiresomely logical types who finds the descriptions in exhibition catalogues to be largely mystifying agglomerations of words – is the inability to glean from the artists themselves what their intentions were in creating the piece.

Step forward Ai-Da, the android artist whose self-portraits are currently featuring in an exhibition at the Design Museum in London, and who is now artist-in-residence at the Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, south-west England.

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