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The structure will encompass a 20-metre high façade lit by LED lights | Photo source Es Devlin

UK pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai to send message to space

Architecture & Design

Es Devlin is designing a structure to beam a collective, AI-generated global poetic message to outer space

Large-scale performative artist and stage designer Es Devlin is designing the UK’s pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE. Titled the Poem Pavilion, the structure will encompass a 20-metre high façade lit by LED lights to beam a collective, artificial intelligence (AI) generated global poetic message to outer space.

All of the expected 25 million visitors to the Expo are invited to contribute. Expo 2020 runs from October 2020 to April 2021 and will showcase the UK’s expertise in space and artificial intelligence.

The design was inspired by Stephen Hawking’s Breakthrough Message competition that asked a worldwide audience to consider what message Earth should share with other civilisations. Poetry transcends borders and identities to bring people together via shared experiences, and the Poem Pavilion aims to do that in a newly interactive way.

Es Devlin is also working in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture on POEMPortrait, an app combining Instagram-inspired filters with AI-generated poetry for the entertainment of users. 

Selected for the Createch 2019 Ones to Watch, produced by the Creative Industries Council with the support of Digital CatapultLondon & Partners and Springwise.



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