Award winning British artist to design UK’s Stephen Hawking inspired pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

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Updated 28 September 2018
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Award winning British artist to design UK’s Stephen Hawking inspired pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

  • The pavilion will showcase an innovative and creative design highlighting the UK’s expertise in artificial intelligence and space sector
  • Details of the pavilion were unveiled on Thursday in the latest project announced for the global trade show

DUBAI: Award-winning British artist and designer Es Devlin will design the United Kingdom’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The pavilion will showcase an innovative and creative design highlighting the UK’s expertise in artificial intelligence and space sector.
Details of the pavilion were unveiled on Thursday in the latest project announced for the global trade show.
Devlin is known for creating stunning large-scale performance sculptures for artists like Kanye West and Beyonce that fuse technology and poetry. Devlin has also created installations including the interactive Fifth Lion sculpture installed in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Inspired by Stephen Hawking, the Expo 2020 platform will be an illuminated sculptural message, aiming to offer the Expo’s anticipated 25 million visitors a unique experience.
“The idea draws directly on one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects, ‘Breakthrough Message’, a global competition that Hawking and his colleagues conceived in 2015 inviting people worldwide to consider what message we would communicate to express ourselves as a planet, should we one day encounter other advanced civilizations in Space,” Devlin said.

Each visitor will be invited to contribute to the sculptural message, she added.
“What if the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 became a place where visitors from all over the world chose to take part in a collective global project that showcases British expertise in A.I. technologies and poetry while transcending national identities?”
Britain’s International Trade Secretary Dr. Liam Fox MP said: “The quality of design proposals we received for the UK pavilion were testament to the UK’s world leading creative talent and I’m confident that Es Devlin OBE and the team will help us take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase the very best of British to a truly global audience.”
The World Expo in Dubai is set to start from 20 Oct. 2020 to 10 April 2021.
Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director at Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said their focus is on empowering individuals and communities to create opportunities that help shape a better future.
“The UK Pavilion will be an intriguing platform for people to learn, have fun and work together to discover innovations and explore new frontiers in areas including space and Artificial Intelligence – echoing Expo 2020’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’” he said.

 


Kosovan women returned from Syria face house arrest

Updated 24 April 2019
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Kosovan women returned from Syria face house arrest

  • Four alleged militants, all men, were arrested the moment they were brought to the country
  • The state prosecution said all 32 repatriated women are under investigation

PRISTINA: Kosovo prosecutors have requested the house arrest of 16 women repatriated from Syria, saying they are suspected of joining or taking part as foreign fighters there.

The women appeared on Wednesday in court in Pristina, a day after 10 other women were put under house arrest. None have been charged with a crime.

Four alleged militants, all men, were arrested the moment they were brought to the country.

The women and children were sent to the Foreign Detention Centre in the outskirts of Pristina but were freed to go home after 72 hours.

Ten women were seen entering Pristina Basic Court in a police escort on Tuesday. The court said in a statement later that they had been placed under house arrest on charges of joining foreign armed groups and terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq from 2014 to 2019.

The state prosecution said all 32 repatriated women are under investigation and more of them are expected to appear in front of judges on Wednesday. The prosecution has yet to file charges.

After the collapse of Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq, countries around the world are wrestling with how to handle militants and their families seeking to return to their home countries.

Kosovo's population is nominally 90 percent Muslim, but the country is largely secular in outlook. More than 300 of its citizens travelled to Syria since 2012 and 70 men who fought alongside militant groups were killed.

Police said 30 Kosovan fighters, 49 women and eight children remain in the conflict zones. The government said it plans to bring back those who are still there.

International and local security agencies have previously warned of the risk posed by returning fighters. In 2015, Kosovo adopted a law making fighting in foreign conflicts punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

On Saturday, 110 Kosovar citizens — the four alleged foreign fighters, 32 women and 74 children — were returned to Kosovo with assistance from the United States, the first such move for a European country.

Authorities say there are still 87 Kosovar citizens in Syria.