By Jane Wooldridge November 26, 2015
The Sagamore is known as the Art Hotel because of its permanent and changing exhibitions. But this year’s highlight, The Portal, is designed to foster understanding in ways far beyond the visual. For 20 minutes at a time, visitors can step inside a gold, internet-enabled shipping container and talk with an individual in Afghanistan, Cuba or Iran. The year-old project was founded by Amar Bakshi, a former journalist who wanted others to experience the kind of meaningful interactions with strangers he had while traveling. “We’re creating a space where people encounter one another with no particular purpose” — a kind of global public square. Language won’t be an issue; each portal is staffed with both a translator and a local curator. Sagamore Hotel, 1671 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Open 8 a.m. to midnight, Tuesday-Sunday. Connected to Tehran, Iran, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; to Mexico City or El Progreso, Honduras, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m.; to Havana or El Progreso, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; to Herat, Afghanistan, 9:30 p.m. to midnight daily. Free. Walk in or sign up at sharestudios.com/miami.”
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