Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion in Dubai presents poems created by AI
The UK’s contribution to Expo 2020 Dubai is a sculptural wooden structure that celebrates cultural diversity and collaboration, highlighting the UK as a meeting place for cultures and ideas. Created by artist and designer S. Devlin, the Poetry Pavilion uses advanced learning methods to turn audience entries into collective poetry. The latter can be read in lighted scenes on the facade, turning the pavilion into an exhibition.
At the Boma Pavilion, visitors are invited to donate a word to the “spokesperson” as they enter the central space, which shows these contributions in English and Arabic. An algorithm compiles donation words into text and creates a collective poem every minute. The machine learning model was initially taught in online texts and adapted to the project through a diverse selection of more than 5,000 poems carefully selected by a team of poetry curators.
Renowned for large-scale installations that mix music, language and light, artist and designer S. Devlin responded to the idea of exploring the machine-first poetic idea created by the machine in 2016 at the Serpentine Gallery. A sculptural community.
“The mechanisms are among us, they are a growing part of our culture, and their production is based on who they train and who they train with. Softens. ”- S. Devlin.
Located in the “Opportunity” district of the Dubai Expo 2020 master plan, the UK pavilion was created in collaboration with architectural engineer Adlier One, environmental design consultants Atlier Ten, executive architects Vertech and creative firm Avantgarde. The structure is made of cross-laminated laminated wood with wood derived from standard Italian and Austrian woods. The creation of the pavilion itself demonstrates the multiculturalism with the LED components designed in Belgium and the algorithm made in China and developed in California.
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