Ai-Da, named after mathematician Ada Lovelace, was caught last week by border agents fearing that her ai-da robot might be hiding a covert spy tool.
Officials held the robot in custody for 10 days, jeopardizing plans to exhibit her work in the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday.
The British embassy in Cairo told the BBC that it was “grateful” that the case was resolved. ai-da robot
“We are delighted to confirm that the Ai-Da artist robot has now passed customs,” the embassy said in a statement. “The customs process can be lengthy and is required before importing works of art or IT equipment,” she said.
According to creator Aidan Meller, border guards confiscated Ai-Da because they suspected Ai-Da’s modem and raised camera issues.
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Meller offered to remove the modem, but she said she couldn’t remove the camera, which is essential to Ai-Da’s drawing abilities. The robot uses AI algorithms to turn what was recorded through the camera into a work of art.
“You can drop the modem, but you can’t get her eyes out,” he told The Guardian.
He praised the work of the British ambassador, who said Meller had “worked all night to release Ai-Da,” but noted that her late release would make it difficult to prepare her for her Thursday exhibition. “We have now reached the front line,” he said.
This work was part of the first contemporary art exhibition at the Egyptian pyramids for 4,500 years.
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Ai-Da and her sculptures were sent to Cairo by air cargo in special flight cases before the “Forever Is Now” exhibition, which runs through November 7.
Her clay sculpture is an interpretation of the Greek riddle of the Sphinx. What about 4 feet in the morning, 2 feet at noon, and 3 feet in the evening? A human being with a cane going through the stages of babies, adults, and finally old age.
Her interpretation of the famous Greek riddle is the three-legged Ai-Da sculpture.
Ai-Da was completed in 2019 and her work, including her first “Self-Portrait Without Her Self”, has been exhibited at the Design Museum in London and the Victoria and Albert Museum.