The UK pavilion at Expo 2020, by architect and designer Es Devlin, is a mix of poetry and machine learning. Shaped like a giant wooden musical instrument, the structure is built with cross laminated timber, in order to reduce its environmental impact. Inside the pavilion there is not an exhibit, but the building itself is the exhibit, since it was designed to display a series of AI-generated poems.
Written in English and Arabic, this collective poem will be created from words submitted by visitors and then casted using LED lights on the exterior facade made by protruding slats, which from the front appear like labels. The words will be surrounded by a soundscape made by choirs from different ethnicities all over the UK. Devlin’s aim is to draw attention to both the growing importance of algorithms in our life and cultural diversity of the UK.