Greenwich Academy teachers stop by South by Southwest

Greenwich Academy teachers stop by South by Southwest

 

Imagine: Dancing next to a life-size figure, your iPhone blaring a favorite tune. But the person facing you isn’t there. She’s thousands of miles away in Iraq, tucked in a room much like yours. And yet together, you share a moment.

Or imagine this: Turning a $3 webcam into a microscope that can film the universe blown up large. In a lab, you tinker with little pieces of technology until the focus is just right and your camera records the minutiae you want it to see. The world is your oyster, in all its detail and design.

At Greenwich Academy, two teachers have pioneered initiatives that make both of these hypotheticals a reality. And last week, they dodged a nor’easter for a few days in Austin, Texas, where they shared their knowledge at South by Southwest.

Portal Project Coming to Hood College

Portal Project Coming to Hood College

Operated by Shared Studios, portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. Upon entering the portal, users come face-to-face with someone in a distant portal, live and full-body, as if in the same room. This opportunity will allow users from Hood College to discuss politics, education, criminal justice, the environment and share art, poetry and other forms of creative expression with people from around the world.

A 'portal' to other parts of the world

A 'portal' to other parts of the world

Education often brings students to new places, but it looks like that may be more true than ever for Andover students in the coming months. 

The Andover Coalition for Education, or ACE, has funded a portal through Shared Studios, an organization that creates spaces with technology and connects people internationally. The inflatable portal is equipped with video and audio technology that allows people inside the inflatable, yellow portal to communicate with people in other portals around the world. There are currently 47 portals around the globe.

"The real innovation is in the global network of Portal sites around the world," explained the school department's Director of Strategy and Innovation Stephen Chinosi. "Having access to people who are interested in connecting with others to build 'real' relationships and potential partnerships. The Portal is using the best technology to actually connect people through focused and open dialogues. The experience is nothing like a Skype call, which only focuses on the head/shoulders. The Portal feels like you're in a room with someone who happens to be on the other side of the world."

Cuesta's Portals project connects people across the globe

Cuesta's Portals project connects people across the globe

I was a little nervous as I stepped into the inflatable gold pop-up structure, wondering what I should say or ask first. But before I knew it the screen flickered, and there sat Aparna Bakhle and José Godoy-Reyes right in front of me.

Although I was in San Luis Obispo at Cuesta College's Harold J. Miossi Gallery and they were in Los Angeles, it felt like we were in the same room, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling screen and clear sound in the makeshift structure, which is part of the Portals: Connecting The World: A Social Practice Exhibition going on at the campus through March 29. Emma Saperstein, gallery coordinator, aptly described the experience as "FaceTime on speed."

Imagine Solutions Conference promises 'wow' moments

Imagine Solutions Conference promises 'wow' moments

here will be plenty of "wow" at this year's Imagine Solutions Conference.There's even a presentation called "WOW," which will feature an interactive presentation by a "mathamagician."

Another wow moment in the waiting: A golden portal — in a shipping container — that attendees can walk through and come face-to-face with people inside sister portals around the globe.

The annual conference, sponsored by the Searching For Solutions Institute, a public foundation, is Monday, Feb. 26. It will once again be held under the big tent at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in North Naples.

Editorial: Imagine cures for cancer; living 100 years

Editorial: Imagine cures for cancer; living 100 years

Imagine global saviors on the brink of curing cancer, on the cusp of integrating technology in ways that seemed, well, unimaginable just few years ago.

Big names with resumes packed full of life-changing accomplishments will gather at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples on Feb. 26 to talk about the future of healthcare, technology, education and affordable housing as part of the 8th Imagine Solutions Conference. For eight hours, guests will learn about cancer breakthroughs and solutions, the longevity of life and if a 100-year life expectancy is approaching, how science and technology continue to integrate and create endless possibilities and how education shapes all that is possible.

W Panamá y Shared_Studios conectan culturas con El Portal

W Panamá y Shared_Studios conectan culturas con El Portal

El W Panama Portal lanzó por primera vez su tecnología audiovisual inmersiva en Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá, en alianza con W Panamá y Shared_Studios.  El Portal está ubicado en el Street Mall, en avenida Israel y abrirá de forma gratuita, dando la bienvenida a todos los locales y visitantes de enero a marzo de 2018.  El Portal, creado por el colectivo de arte, tecnología, y diseño llamado Shared_Studios, es un contenedor dorado de carga único en su clase que cuenta con innovaciones patentadas en hardware, software y diseño.  El portal ofrece una nueva forma de conectarse con personas en más de 18 ciudades, desafiando los límites físicos y culturales.

A golden opportunity in Times Square ends today

A golden opportunity in Times Square ends today

Today (21 November) is the last chance to stop by the TimesSquare_Portal project, a golden shipping container that connects visitors in New York’s busiest public space with people around the world, using advanced video chat software. During its seven-week-long run, the portable communications hub has linked up to cities in the US as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Myanmar. Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi.

Portales te lleva hasta Veracruz con Jugos Del Valle

Portales te lleva hasta Veracruz con Jugos Del Valle

Todo comienza en una cabina dorada. Portales es una iniciativa de arte público creada por Amar Bakshi y Michelle Moghtader; son espacios y pantallas equipadas con tecnología audiovisual inmersiva. La idea es que la gente se acerque para platicar con personas de otros lugares cara a cara con la intención de saber cómo es la vida en otra parte de su país o del mundo.

A Portal To The Past

A Portal To The Past

Even before Internet ubiquity, in the mid-1990s, when I was in third grade, students who finished bookwork early (young nerds like myself) were sent to the back of the room – where the (one lonesome) computer was located – and given access to a digital rendering of the entire world, led by the intrepid Carmen Sandiego.

HOW THE PORTALS PROJECT REALLY OPENED DOORS WITH ITS MILWAUKEE SUPERSTAR

HOW THE PORTALS PROJECT REALLY OPENED DOORS WITH ITS MILWAUKEE SUPERSTAR

When Shared_Studios brought its Portals project to Times Square last month, it brought in one of its star curators to take a turn on Broadway. Lewis Lee, who with his generous and engaging nature embodies the Portals mission to connect people around the world, flew in from Milwaukee to connect visitors with friends and strangers. Or more specifically, strangers who become friends.

A golden opportunity in Times Square ends today

A golden opportunity in Times Square ends today

Today (21 November) is the last chance to stop by the TimesSquare_Portal project, a golden shipping container that connects visitors in New York’s busiest public space with people around the world, using advanced video chat software. During its seven-week-long run, the portable communications hub has linked up to cities in the US as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Myanmar. Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi. During a visit in October, The Art Newspaper spoke with a group of children from the Harsham Refugee Camp in Erbil, Iraq about some of their favourite activities—playing football—and foods—shawarma and barbeque. The project is always travelling, and there are plans to launch a Portal in a repurposed school bus in February, so keep an eye on the organiser’s website for future stops.

What’s Inside This Curious Gold Shipping Container?

What’s Inside This Curious Gold Shipping Container?

North Terrace’s old RAH building is now abandoned. Its doctors, nurses, patients and beeping machines have moved into new state-of-the-art digs just down the road. The place is suddenly quiet and more than a little eerie in their absence. On the forecourt – somewhat obscured by roadworks – a mysterious gold box has appeared.

Refugees

Refugees

I just spoke to refugees from Mosul in Irbil, Iraq. Rami and Sami are two brothers who have been living in a refugee camp in Irbil for three years. Their journey from Mosul took them first through Syria, then Turkey, and after a delay of five days at the Kurdish border, they were permitted to enter again into the area of Iraq now controlled by the Kurds. Irbil is in Kurdish territory. The delay at the border was because relations between the Arabs and the Kurds is not that good. 

Face Time With Refugees

Face Time With Refugees

Harvard Divinity School student Shannon Boley pushed open the heavy door to the large shipping container and slowly stepped out on to the School’s campus green, wiping away tears from her eyes.

Asked why she was crying, she said “that was just a connection I haven’t had in a long time.”

High-tech shipping container Portal links Harvard students, Gaza youth

High-tech shipping container Portal links Harvard students, Gaza youth

CAMBRIDGE — In a cozy space on Harvard’s campus, a small group of students sat down Sunday morning facing another cluster of young people and chatted about TV, music, and sports.