Slovak Pavilion

Visitors will find the Slovak three-storey pavilion with an area of over 2000 m2 in the heart of the Mobility district.

EXHIBITION

Slovakia will present itself at the world’s largest exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai

The main theme of the exhibition “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” is a symbol of innovation and progress.

Building on the main theme, three sub-themes, “Opportunity”, “Mobility” and “Sustainability”, have been created to allow individual countries to present their story through the theme and to foster synergies in the emergence of inspiring partnerships, progressive ideas and creative global collaboration.

The sub-themes highlight the critical state of our times and its needs, as well as create a space for global dialogue and new ideas. 

Slovakia has historically had much to contribute to progress in the field of mobility. Now we have a unique opportunity to represent our country at the world’s largest exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai within the thematic zone MOBILITY.

Slovak entrepreneurs will be able to raise the profile of their cutting-edge companies through a unique global platform and exclusive presentation channels. Our goal is to present Slovakia as a modern country that is attractive not only for its traditions, but also for its innovative inventions and quality people who are able to establish themselves among technologically advanced countries in the world.

The leitmotif of the Slovak exposition is “Movement of the future: hydrogen, aviation and space”.

The motif of the future movement in the Slovak pavilion connects with the creative concept of the ROAD.

It encompasses all these types of roads and the stories behind them. A journey from the ground to the air and space, a journey from traditions to innovative technologies. A journey through history from totalitarianism to democracy.

And finally, the journey towards innovation and a cleaner environment, confirmed by the story of the Slovak President. Let us show the world all these journeys, all these powerful stories.

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ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN OF THE PAVILION

Concept by Absurd studio – Ivan Kulifaj
Architectural study – Sieberttalaš – Matej Siebert, Roman Talaš

Concept
The main theme of Expo 2002 Dubai is the movement of the future. The concept of the exhibition adheres to this theme and presents the modes of transport of the future created in Slovakia. The design of the pavilion creates a dynamic and at the same time visually neutral environment, which is permanently modified by data on TV and projectors. The content displayed by technology can change the atmosphere of the space in an instant and, with its boundlessness, offers unlimited possibilities in the creation of space and the presentation of products. The touchless exhibition, which brings almost holographic effects in a veil of misty atmosphere and virtually generated spaces, creates an experience of time and space travel. Organic shapes, undefined rooms with semi-transparent elements show that everything is already possible.

The concept of the Slovak Pavilion describes the fundamentally rapid development and technological growth in recent years, especially in the mobility sector, the transport of the future. From an agricultural country to a state that has scientists, developers and technologies all over the world in teams and projects that push human knowledge beyond borders.

With a minimalist, dynamic and clean design, the proposal reflects the precision and space for an infinite number of possibilities expressed by light, projection technologies on different levels or a water reservoir. The response to autonomous technologies and interactivity with the user as well as the hygiene of today translates the possibility of controlling technologies without touching.

The visitor becomes a co-creator and editor of the content that is presented and creates interaction for all ages and interest groups. From a mere presentation, it becomes shapable content that pushes boundaries and information transfer.

Architectural design of the pavilion

OBJECTIVES

The aim of the Slovak exposition is to create an attractive space for a prestigious presentation of Slovakia and for establishing relations with individual visitors, countries and business partners. The participation of Slovak business entities is covered by the Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development SARIO.

EXPO is a unique global platform that is an opportunity to accelerate our economy, to grow business opportunities, as well as to restart Slovak tourism and can serve as an impetus to get the whole HORECA segment moving and overcome the effects of the pandemic period.

SLOVAKIA TRAVEL

The EXPO World Exhibition is an important event where country presentations are always the main theme. And that’s why SLOVAKIA TRAVEL is a natural part of this international event, which will be attended by 192 countries.

SLOVAKIA TRAVEL aims to present Slovakia as an attractive and contemporary destination, to help tourism, hotels, waterparks and other institutions to survive the difficult pandemic period, and to return foreign tourists to Slovakia. It will be a presentation on a market with a strong tradition and historical relationship with spas.

So SLOVAKIA TRAVEL will adapt the “National Week” and thematic “Health and Wellness” week to the spa theme. The ambition is to present Slovakia as a country blessed with immense subterranean wealth, namely plentiful mineral springs.

In addition to spas and thermal springs, SLOVAKIA TRAVEL also wants to present national parks, a selection of unique ecotopes and natural resources, UNESCO national cultural heritage monuments, caves, mountains, castles, and châteaux, as well as cities such as Bratislava, Košice, Banská Štiavnica, Kremnica, Levoča, etc.

The presentation will leverage the latest tech, and will adapt the content projected on a large 360-degree screen in 4K resolution to these themes.

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THE MAIN THEME OF THE SLOVAK PAVILION

The main theme of the Slovak exposition will be in line with the mobility theme

“Motion of the Future: Cutting-Edge Hydrogen and Aerospace Technologies Taking Green Mobility Beyond Horizons”.

The content concept of the Slovak exposition is focused on the presentation of innovative and sophisticated technologies in various segments of mobility, with an emphasis on: hydrogen propulsion technologies as the fuel of the future, technologies in the aviation sector, and technologies in the space sector.

Main exhibits

The main exhibits of the Slovak pavilion will be the MH2 hydrogen car, the Androver I and II space mobile robots and the VRM simulator.

Main exhibits

SLOVAK ART AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI

Jaro Varga

We don’t know that we know

‘Nature is like a text into which generations of all beings write their vision’, writes Varga, in a sentence that helps to frame the entire work. Varga’s process is deeply personal, reflecting his own struggle with the fragility of nature and an ecological vision of the web of connectivity, ’morphic resonsonances’ through complex ‘morphogenetic fields’. The attempt to record the passage of experiences, an intuitive connection to the floating pulses of nature, and the mental restrictions imposed by education and upbringing are all here. The art here also touches a chord with a much wider world, the collectives’ fears, desires, hopes and anxieties for the future for the humanity, and to wider connections into the other than human web of life intimating at a new ecological vision. The futures we face float in front of us, morphing in and out of focus, both terrifying and beautiful. Shadows on the mind intimate a terrible horizon on the edge of our awareness. Or perhaps the catastrophe has already occurred, for Winnicott (1974) the fear of breakdown is a fear of a breakdown that has already occurred (“dread is just memory in the future tense”).

(from Between art, mind and nature, ecopsychoanalytic reflections on Jaro Varga’s ‘We don’t know that we know’, Joseph Dodds)

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MONIKA PASCOE MIKYŠKOVÁ

LOST GARDENS

Monika Pascoe Mikyšková has recently developed the theme of nature in a broad spectrum of subjects, from cells to landscape painting. Through this seemingly non-confrontational topic, she critically examines the ways we perceive and relate to the world.

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