The Gaza City chat was part of a whirlwind two-day around-the-world tour for kids from AIM Academy, who staged a boisterous dance party with young people who happened by a Portal at Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria. Then, they communed with Syrian refugees who’ve been photographing life in their Greek camp — all while never leaving their bubble on the Montgomery County campus.
Head to Downtown Tempe to experience the Portal, a dazzling gold shipping container boasting an exciting immersive, interactive audiovisual experience connecting to a network of sites around the world. Don't miss this incredible project linking communities around the world, allowing us to engage and connect with one another on a new level.
A large, gold shipping container sits on a sidewalk in Tempe, oddly out of place. Upon walking up the ramp and into its dark interior, one finds something completely unexpected: the other side of the world.
Shared Studios’ Portal Project, the brainchild of founder and creative director Amar Bakshi, aims to utilize technology to bring the world together through simple conversation.
"The Portal is physically a gold shipping container equipped with highly immersive audiovisual technology" Julie Kent, a spokeswoman for the Downtown Tempe Authority, explained. “It felt like it really matched what we do here in the City of Tempe -- being an innovative city and ASU being an innovative University.”
For two weeks, students, teachers, parents and community members will have access to the Shared Studios portal at Winthrop Elementary School. Ipswich residents of all ages come face-to-face with someone in other parts of the world thanks to the portals. They contain video and audio hookups to facilitate real time conversations with people connected through various networks all over the world.
The interaction is just one of many planned at the Winthrop Elementary School over the next couple of weeks through the Shared Studios video portal system.
With 40 meeting spaces around the world, it offers an immersive experience where participants step into a small room with a giant screen.
Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 was transported to Mexico City, Mexico on Thursday by visiting the Portal at Cornell, speaking about U.S. international relations during the Trump presidency with political consultant Luis Daniel Perez Vazquez.
“In the age of Trump — which is an age of people putting up walls and deciding that national identity is more important than your identity as a human being — anything that can bring you face to face with somebody who is very different from you and makes you feel like you have more in common than what separates you is a good thing,” Myrick said, in an interview with The Sun.
What better fun can you have in a shipping container?
Welcome to The Adelaide Portal - a Gold Shipping Container
New York tech company, Shared Studios, has set up its first Australian portal at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital. The Adelaide Portal is sponsored by Renewal SA, the government's Department for Parties to 'activate' the site while it starts to demolish the non heritage listed buildings on the site. It follows on from an earlier activation event, The Hive at the RAH.
Portals are a world wide phenomenon created by Shared Studios. They are a series of installations that allow people to interact with others in real time through connected portals around the world. The distinctive gold painted shipping containers used as portals are filled with immersive technology. Shared Studios promise that when you enter a portal, you will come face-to-face with someone in a distant portal "live and full-body, as if in the same room".
The free Adelaide Portal was first seen at Hybrid World Adelaide at Tonsley in October last year. It must have made an impression then, now finding a new home at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide's east end.
You'll Find the Adelaide Portal at the Former Royal Adelaide Hospital in the East End
When you enter the gold painted portal, you have the opportunity to meet with people in other portals around the world free of charge. From New York to Palestine, from universities to refugee camps, the shipping container portal lets users immerse themselves in real-time conversations to entertain, challenge and delight. Fortunately it's not at all like the random conversations that Microsoft Netmeeting brought a few years back, when you were just as likely to get an x-rated encounter.
While the portal at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital is housed in a gold shipping container, there are around 20 other portals operating in the world at any given time. Some of the others are also in shipping containers, but there is also a portal bus, inflatable portals, and portal screens.
The Adelaide Portal can fit four adults comfortably at a time, or more if the people are children. You can communicate however you like while you're online - talk, dance, sing or draw, it's up to you. If a translator is needed, one will be provided. It is possible to connect to more than one location at once, but normally one destination works best.
It's recommended that you book in advance to use the free Adelaide Portal. Bookings are made in 20 minute slots, and the Shared Studios booking website will show you which part of the world the portal connects through at the time of your booking. It's possible to choose times from Thursday to Saturday until March, with the full schedule available when booking.
Public Consultation on the RAH Future in 2013
For more information about the Adelaide Portal, head over to the Adelaide Riverbank Facebook page. There's much more about the portal and its origin on the Shared Studios website, or you can just book your time here.
During February and March the Adelaide portal will be hosting the Fringe on World Tour event and be open on some Saturdays at differing times. Check the Facebook event website - plenty of entertainment, food, and drink will be on hand, stay tuned for more details.
After you have finished making new friends around the world in the portal, why not take a look at the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, and take a last look at how it once was. Its future is still unknown at this time, despite several public consultations and a worldwide competition. Most people believe that the site should remain in the hands of the community, an extension of the existing cultural boulevard, rather than being wasted on housing.
A Portal is essentially a gold space – more often than not a shipping container but they come in numerous forms: inflatable rooms, repurposed huts, a single screen, even a bus. Walk inside and generally you’ll find an NEC short-throw projector, Biamp Devio microphones and Community loudspeakers. Behind the scenes Zoom videoconferencing is at work. All manufacturers are working as sponsors of the project.
A hackathon set to be held next week is bringing together students and medical workers in Baltimore and Gaza City.
It won’t involve travel. Instead, the key to link lies within a gold shipping container.
Known as Portals, the retired cargo transport vessels allow groups of people from different sides of the world to sit down for a conversation.