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Dubai Expo 2020: Russia Pavilion - Light art & Instagrammable spot

Updated: Dec 15, 2022

If you like team lab, you will probably like this exhibition from Russian Pavilion ("Russia Pavilion" on Google map) at the Dubai Expo 2020. I went there in January 2021, yes, it lasts until the end of March 2021 and you still have time to go there yet. I have to say it is quite instagrammable, so even if you are not a big fan of exhibitions or scientific topics, it is worth checking out this digital-theme or digital-art exhibition and taking some insta-worthy photos. :)

"Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them." 🧠

The Russian Pavilion at the Dubai Expo pays tribute to the human brain. The exhibit brings attention to the creative efforts of Russian scientists and engineers and their contribution to the betterment of the world.

As soon as I stepped onto the screen floor, I noticed what looked like nerves followed your footsteps and changed color into the floor. It is almost as if we, the visitors, are playing a small part of the brain. Like ideas or information, all of our movements acted as if we were feeding into the brain.

It is like when a thought comes to mind, several pieces of information come together to create something powerful. When several people with different information and creativity gather together, they can build something tremendous.

Before going into the exhibition, I would have thought that it is about how powerful Russia is. However, it is not exactly the case. The pavilion demonstrates a big brain and our system first which basically we all look the same, and then showcases many non-political world contributors such as writers, inventors, singers, and accomplishments of each of them, so I look at them as an individual instead of having too much focus on their nationalities.

Let's look at their theme and see what is the idea and inspiration behind it.

“𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐬, 𝐂𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐮𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞”
  • How do we find our place in an interconnected world

  • → How can we better understand each other despite our differences?

I particularly like the second question. It is collective but also individualistic.

In the Expo, there are almost 200 national pavilions in Dubai Expo. It feels that we are living in a united world even though where everyone is different and unique, our skin color and nationalities do not matter at all. There is no "nationality preference" and an open-minded environment.

With all the media influence and lack of knowledge of the country, the first few things that came to my mind about Russia were some stereotypes, such as vodka, cold weather, blondes (not everyone is blonde actually), and they are fighters who are strong enough to beat bears.

(💬Yea, regarding this, I don’t know where it is coming from originally but this is what I've heard over time on the internet.)

This exhibition reminded me it is much more than that. There were so many world-renowned creators, inventors, scientists, writers, artists, and musicians who contributed to the world in the past.

⏰Suggest duration: 30-45mins

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Notes for Instagram:

This photo is taken with an iPhone 12Pro by my partner, a person who does not like taking pictures and using Instagram.

Bonus time:

Hashtags for Dubai Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2021

Here are the hashtags I used for the posts, feel free to copy and use them!

Instagram Hashtags for posts of the Russia Pavilion in Dubai Expo 2020.


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