This summer, we're opening a new wave of Portals in Boston, London, Seoul, Stanford and New York City with partners including the United Nations, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and Google! This post is just to put all of the updates in one place!
Shared_Studios is honored to partner with the United Nations Department of Public Information, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign, UNICEF Jordan, UNHCR, and Bridges of Understanding to bring a Portal back to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City on June 20, 2016 – World Refugee Day. Portals are gold shipping containers equipped with immersive audio-visual technology and placed in public sites around the world. When individuals enter a Portal, they come face-to-face with a stranger in a distant, identical Portal and can converse live as if in the same room.
In 1947, my grandmother fled Lahore, Pakistan during partition. She left for India by train at night with fires burning outside her window. Seven years later, at age twenty-one, Nani married my grandfather. My grandfather was a mapmaker who spent the next thirty years charting the new India-Pakistan border in exquisite detail. My grandparents gave birth to my mother. She grew up traveling with them along the India-side of that border, through mountain hills stations and desert sands, before eventually earning a degree, migrating to America, and giving birth to me