Portals are interconnected, immersive audiovisual environments. When you enter one, you come face to face with someone in a distant one and can speak to them live, as if they were in the same room.
Shared_Studios maintains a network of portals around the world, connecting these spaces for dialogues, performances, and collaborative activities.
These connections build familiarity, empathy, and understanding between communities. Portals come in multiple forms, including free-standing modules in rooms, repurposed shipping containers, inflatables, and custom structures.
We have remarkable technology at our fingertips today, but too often this technology drives us deeper into our own closed communities. We connect with those we already know and read articles that resonate with our own worldview.
Portals counteract these phenomena. They combine the connective potential of the internet with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation, and provide the opportunity to connect with someone new.
Whether separated by distance, perceived difference, or both, Portals bring people together for intentional and meaningful conversations. Portals provide participants an opportunity, a reason, and a context to share a space and experience.
Participants can step outside of their comfort zones and speak openly with strangers, simultaneously reshaping their own beliefs and rediscovering how to walk in someone else’s shoes.
We are building a global civic infrastructure. Our aim is to link communities around the world through a network of thousands of portals. This network of immersive spaces will become a public square for the 21st century where people everywhere can share their stories, learn from one another, and collaborate.
All portals are staffed by local community members called Curators who operate the pPortal and facilitate conversations between portal participants.
At sites where English is not the primary local language, Curators are responsible for translating from local languages to English or vice-versa.
Curators connect the portal to the world and to their local community. They staff the portal and are present for all connections where they translate, support, and facilitate encounters in the portal to make sure all participants are comfortable and engaged.
In the months leading up to a Portal placement, Shared Studios works with the host site and stakeholders from the surrounding community to develop a Portal schedule.
We factor in domestic and international sites of interest; local site operation and logistics; and the variety and frequency of programming.
Each Portal schedule is tailored to the site, ensuring that all sites engage the global network in a way that is relevant and interesting to them.
While it is possible for multiple Portals to connect to one another at once, we do not recommend this because the Portal experience is built around point-to-point connections that give participants the feeling of sharing the same room.
Instead, we recommend scheduling back to back connections with different sites in sequence.
Shared Studios provides a range of programmed Portal experiences around themes such as climate change, culture, migration and innovation. Shared Studios can create custom programming for schools as well. Please reach out to discuss this.