Ai-Da the robot paints a picture of the future
06 June 2019 | 2:33 pm
Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like an artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away - Ai-Da is a robot.
6 Mar 2022
The cultural world has reacted swiftly to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Artists and performers have been cancelling shows in Russia, while cultural institutions are under growing pressure to cut ties with Russian oligarchs. The country will also no longer be represented at major international events, including the Eurovision Song Contest. We're joined by Ukrainian artist Nikita Kravtsov, who's also one of the organisers of "Support Ukraine" in France. He denounced a "genocide" in his country and called for the West to implement a no-fly zone over Ukrainian skies.
12 Mar 2022
She's called herself a "caretaker of memory". Zineb Sedira is as much an artist as she is a researcher, historian and filmmaker. The Franco-Algerian artist is representing France at the 59th Venice Biennale of contemporary art in April. She joins us in the studio to talk about the influence of Algerian activist cinema on her work. We also discuss how the war in Ukraine has jeopardised Pavlo Makov's participation in the Biennale, and she weighs in on the decision of Russian artists to boycott their own, state-sponsored pavilion.
13 Apr 2022
Ghana's only glass blower says he is on a mission to reduce the country's glass waste and wasteful imports. Michael Tetteh built his own glassblowing studio in 2012 from scrap metal and clay bricks and today produces dozens of eclectic pieces each week from recycled TV screens, window panes and soda bottles.
17 Apr 2022
Ethiopian researchers are hoping that a local staple known as false banana could have some real benefits for food security. Enset is little known outside of the country but is nutritious and drought resistant. Also 9 ancient Libyan artifacts have been returned home after having been looted during 21st century conflicts and smuggled out to the US. And we hear from rising Matthew Eguavoen whose work translates complex, contemporary African experiences into vibrant and challenging portraits.
17 Apr 2022
We hear from up-and-coming artist Matthew Eguavoen, whose work translates complex, contemporary African experiences into vibrant and challenging portraits. But first, Ethiopian researchers are hoping that a local staple known as false banana could have some real benefits for food security. Enset is little known outside of the country but is nutritious and drought resistant. Also, nine ancient Libyan artefacts have been returned home after having been looted during 21st century conflicts and smuggled out to the US.
18 Jul 2022
Fine Art graduate Chidinma Ikegwuonu says she uses art to drive social change and raise awareness amongst children from disadvantaged communities around issues that affects them.
13 Sep 2022
Annette Young meets acclaimed US artist and writer, Alison Bechdel, whose latest book has been translated into French. They talk about the need for exercise, feminism and American politics following the demise of Roe v. Wade. We also report on how the record-breaking floods in Pakistan that have left millions homeless, have placed women in an even more vulnerable position. Plus the many facets of American war photographer, Lee Miller, who was so much more than being simply the muse for Surrealist artist, Man Ray.
17 Sep 2022
Nigeria’s got talent: Her name is Toma Onu, a creative painter who uses her toes to create one-of-a-kind artworks. Toma lives with cerebral palsy, but this has not deterred her from sharing her art with the world.
28 Sep 2022
As protests continue in Iran following the murder of a young woman by the "morality" police, Iranian dissident artist Parastou Forouhar is full of anger but has some optimism.
13 Oct 2022
Artist Soheila Sokhanvari honours the untold stories of Iran's feminist icons. As protests rage across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, artists are posting images in support of freedom. In September, Iranians took to the streets after the 22-year-old died in police custody.
22 Oct 2022
Kenyan artist Tina Benawra paints images that can be read in Braille, in the hope of allowing visually impaired people to experience and enjoy art.
6 Nov 2022
The artist was famous for his use of black and was an icon of post-World War II European abstract art.
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