Es Devlin | The POEM PAVILION

A Poem By The Planet

The POEM PAVILION designed by renowned U.K. stage designer Es Devlin (@esdevlin) for Dubai Expo 2020. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The performative structure will utilize artificial intelligence to broadcast messages created by 25 million people across the globe. Devlin, who will serve as the first female designer of a U.K. Pavilion, envisions the structure as a “poem by the planet”, transcending national identities and confronting the divisive prosaic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
With poetry in Arabic, Chinese, French, and English, Devlin hopes that the pavilion will give visitors from all countries and cultures, a sense of unification.
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“Poetry brings order to language, and machine-learning is a way to weave our voices together without prejudice while following the rhythms of centuries of poetic thought in a range of diverse cultures,” stated Devlin.
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“The public debate around national identity is currently tending perilously towards the divisive and prosaic. I hope that the many millions who attend Expo 2020 and visit the UK Pavilion will feel a sense of the possibilities of the collective poetic.” 

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