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Chief of Staff
Jake manages operations and public engagements for Shared_Studios. Jake most recently worked on issues of sexual assault in the military for Protect Our Defenders. He has also worked as a speechwriter for the NYC Mayor's Office, as a concert producer in Havana, Cuba, and at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where he advised Lincoln Center's executive leadership on programming for new audiences. Jake is a graduate of Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and is a contributor on topics of technology and politics to The Hill.
Digital Media Intern
Razan is a photography and video student at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been featured nationally in several gallery exhibitions and museums such as the Mississippi Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Greater Reston Arts Center. Her work has also been published in The Washington Post, Rookie Magazine, The Vienna Connection among others. She hopes to receive her BFA and become an art director and work for nationally-recognized publications and international media outlets.
International Advisor & Writer in Residence
Nick McDonell is a novelist and journalist. Born in New York City in 1984, he studied at Harvard and St. Antony’s College, Oxford. His work has been published in twenty three countries and appeared on bestseller lists around the world.
Patrick is an experienced systems architect and technical leader that has overseen products and projects of all scales. He is Vice President of systems engineering at LiveStream.
Software Architect & Technology Advisor
Justin Pogrob, founder of Simplex Studio, is a building and software architect focused on the integration of technology and the built environment. His experience with a broad range of award winning architectural and software projects as well as his extensive knowledge in IoT technology made him ideally suited to design and implement the software controller for our global network of portals. Justin is a member if the American Institute of Architects and holds a B.Arch. from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture.
Ms Moghtader was at UN Headquarters in New York on Monday to unveil the newest Portal, currently located inside the UN. She's been speaking with Janie Cangelosi and began by explaining exactly what Portals are.
"Hello, how are you?" came the slightly distorted voice of a 17-year-old girl wearing a white headscarf and gray jeans. Her name is Zab, and she lives among more than 79,000 other displaced Syrians at Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan.
A formal opening ceremony for the exhibition entitled “Refugees” will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, 20 June, in the Visitors’ Lobby at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The exhibit is organized by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with the UN SDG [Sustainable Development Goals] Action Campaign, and the Department of Public Information.
In December of 2014, New York’s Lu Magnus Gallery hosted what appeared to be a gold-plated shipping container — or, rather, a “Portal.” Conceived by Shared__Studios founder Amar Bakshi, the container was equipped with AV equipment live-streaming to an identical site in Tehran, allowing visitors at each location to speak one-on-one with each other for 10 to 15 minutes. “Think ‘Being John Malkovich,'” reads a description on the Portals Kickstarter page — though the actual effect appears to be more akin to your basic “Star Trek”-ian full-body hologram, a Skype session inside the Void.
BBC Persian reports in Farsi on the Tehran-NYC Portal.
“What is your favorite book?” asked the woman. "I don't know, maybe Catcher in the Rye," said the man. The woman is inside a golden shipping container in the Lu Magnus Gallery in the Lower East Side. The man is in an artist's studio in Tehran, Iran. And they have never met before.
On Friday morning, a portal opened between New York City and Tehran. For the next two weeks, people in either city can walk into a scale-replica of a shipping container outfitted with an AV connection to the other city and have a live, impromptu chat with a stranger partway around the globe. The project is called A Portal Between Tehran and NYC.
When the Harvard- and Yale Law-educated artist and journalist Amar Bakshi, born and raised in Washington D.C., was traveling the globe seven years ago for his How the World Sees America interview series, he realized something: People often kept letters from American pen pals dating back to the 1980s, before the Internet made other modes of international correspondence possible.