Virgin Hyperloop to debut full-scale commercial pod in DP World FLOW pavilion at Expo 2020

Full–scale cargo exterior, cutaway passenger interior, and interactive content will be on display
Exhibit runs October 2021 through March 2022 in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Sept. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Virgin Hyperloop revealed that they will be showcasing a full–scale hyperloop cargo pod and a cutaway passenger pod as part of DP World's FLOW pavilion at Expo 2020.

"The constant flow of goods has historically driven innovation in the transportation sector and now more than ever, we must continue to future–proof the industry," said Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of DP World and Virgin Hyperloop. "Hyperloop is poised to revolutionize the global on–demand logistics market, and we are excited to share our vision for the technology in the DP World FLOW pavilion at Expo 2020."

Upon arrival to the FLOW pavilion, visitors will see a full–scale commercial cargo pod replica, which measures nearly 10 meters long. Once in the pavilion, guests will be able to sit inside a cutaway passenger pod complete with production intent finishes to see what a future journey on hyperloop will feel like. Surrounding the pod, visitors will learn more about the technology and its future impact through interactive displays, videos, and models.

"World Expos have been debuting the most cutting–edge innovations for centuries, so we are honored to showcase hyperloop technology on this global stage with DP World," said Josh Giegel, CEO and Co–Founder of Virgin Hyperloop. "I hope that visitors will be able to imagine the not–too–distant future in which they are passengers on a commercial hyperloop system in the Gulf region and beyond."

The pavilion opens as part of Expo 2020 on 1 October 2021 and runs through 31 March 2022. The exhibit is open to the public daily starting at 10am. Tickets can be purchased here.

Media Assets
Behind the scenes photos of Virgin Hyperloop's installation in the DP World FLOW Pavilion can be found here. General media assets can be downloaded here.

About Virgin Hyperloop
Virgin Hyperloop is the only company in the world that has successfully tested hyperloop technology with passengers, launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. The company successfully operated a full–scale hyperloop vehicle using electric propulsion and electromagnetic levitation under near–vacuum conditions, realizing a fundamentally new form of transportation that is faster, safer, cheaper, and more sustainable than existing modes. The company is now working with governments, partners, and investors around the world to make hyperloop a reality in years, not decades. Learn more about Virgin Hyperloop's technology, vision, and ongoing projects here.

About DP World
We are the leading provider of worldwide smart end–to–end supply chain logistics, enabling the flow of trade across the globe. Our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain "" from maritime and inland terminals to marine services and industrial parks as well as technology–driven customer solutions.

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of 128 business units in 60 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high–growth and mature markets. Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.

Our dedicated, diverse, and professional team of more than 53,000 employees from 131 countries are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships "" with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain "" relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership. We think ahead, anticipate change, and deploy industry–leading technology to further broaden our digital vision to disrupt world trade and create the smartest, most efficient, and innovative solutions, while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.

About Expo 2020
World Expos are one of the oldest and largest international events on the planet, taking place every five years and lasting six months. It is a festival for all, where everyone can experience, explore, innovate and have fun by sharing ideas and working together.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Through our theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, we aim to host a World Expo that inspires people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world.

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Mexican Illustrators Blur Art Lines in Paris Show

The exhibition Gran Salón México-Paris - Contemporary Mexican Illustration, taking place at the Mexican Cultural Institute in the French capital until Oct. 26, brings together some 40 illustrators, whose work includes painting, drawing, print-making, video and other genres.

Maru Aguzzi at the exhibition in Paris, in front of works by Alejandro Magallanes (photo by SWAN).

By SWAN
PARIS, Sep 27 2021 – So, what’s the difference between illustration and “art”?  When asked this question, Maru Aguzzi replies with a wry smile: “Perhaps the price?”

Aguzzi is the curator of Gran Salón México-Paris – Contemporary Mexican Illustration, an exhibition taking place at the Mexican Cultural Institute in the French capital until Oct. 26. The show brings together some 40 illustrators, whose work includes painting, drawing, print-making, video and other genres.

The exhibition Gran Salón México-Paris - Contemporary Mexican Illustration, taking place at the Mexican Cultural Institute in the French capital until Oct. 26, brings together some 40 illustrators, whose work includes painting, drawing, print-making, video and other genres.

‘Autorretrato’ by Rocca Luis Cesar, photo courtesy of Gran Salón México.

The pieces are strikingly artistic, even if they’re being presented as illustrations. All are “original” works created especially for this exhibition, which is the first in France from Gran Salón México, an annual art fair that Aguzzi created in 2014.

The fair’s mission, she says, is to offer a glimpse into the country’s growing illustration “wave”, and to bring to the public some of the best contemporary works in this category – a field that actually “plays” with the limits of art.

“Saying that price makes the difference is perhaps the funny answer, but you can go deeper and see how illustrators choose to explore content or not,” Aguzzi told SWAN. “The way the work is presented, viewers don’t have to dig for content or meaning as with contemporary art, where the work requires some kind of engagement from the viewer for completion. Illustration has an immediate impact, and viewers can like what they see or not. It’s that simple.”

Gran Salón’s participating illustrators use a variety of media just like their “artist” peers, she said. Works in the show range from oil and acrylic paintings on canvas to charcoal drawings on paper. In between, viewers can enjoy watercolours, collage, animation and digital art.

In fact, some of the illustrators do exhibit in art fairs as well, further blurring distinctions, Aguzzi said. They draw on a long tradition of Mexican artists working in various genres, as did renowned painters Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo – whose influence can be felt in the current show, alongside that of multi-genre Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, for instance.

The exhibition Gran Salón México-Paris - Contemporary Mexican Illustration, taking place at the Mexican Cultural Institute in the French capital until Oct. 26, brings together some 40 illustrators, whose work includes painting, drawing, print-making, video and other genres.

‘Creciendo juntos’ by María Ponce, photo courtesy of Gran Salón México.

Picasso and his paintings of women are evoked with a twist in the illustrations of Rocca Luis Cesar (born in Guadalajara in 1986), while the more “veteran” Carlos Rodríguez (born in La Soledad, San Luis Potosí, 1980) draws upon images – such as the watermelon – that appear in the paintings of Tamayo.

Both illustrators convey a strong artistic sensibility, with Rodríguez in particular being inspired by “classical painting, mythology, naïve art and porn” – as his bio states. His two vibrant, erotic paintings in the show were created specifically to conjure a Latin American ambience in Paris, Aguzzi said.

Another notable aspect of the exhibition is its sense of humour or satire, in addition to the addressing of serious topics, such as climate change and language rights. One of the youngest illustrators, María Ponce, born in Oaxaca in 1994, exemplifies this with her colour drawings about daily life and with her “Creciendo juntos” piece, which conveys the message that we have to take care of the environment and trees if we too wish to keep thriving.

Meanwhile, illustrator and filmmaker Gabriela Badillo (born in 1979) uses her work to highlight Mexico’s indigenous languages through her 68 Voces project, a video series with stories told in these languages. Badillo co-founded audiovisual production company Hola Combo with a belief in the social responsibility of media, according to the exhibition, and she and her colleagues have worked with indigenous groups, including children, on creative initiatives.

Her videos, and other film clips and works of animation, add to the unexpected scope of the Gran Salón show.

“The work that illustrators are producing in Mexico includes numerous genres, and I really wanted to show this range,” Aguzzi told SWAN.

Additional information:

https://icm.sre.gob.mx/francia/index.php/fr/ & https://gran.salon/