7x7: Step into the SF Portal to chat with strangers from across the globe

7x7: Step into the SF Portal to chat with strangers from across the globe

The San Francisco Portal, which made its first appearance in Hayes Valley in 2015, is opening the door to global communication again at Crissy Field. You just have to book a reservation online (it's free of charge) to slip into the gold-painted box that's parked on the lawn; you can then have a 20-minutes live conversation with someone who lives on the other side of the world.

KOAA: Downtown portal connects Colorado Springs to cities worldwide

KOAA: Downtown portal connects Colorado Springs to cities worldwide

You've probably seen it, the big golden box sitting out in front of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum downtown. Well, it's called a portal and was put there by the folks at Imagination Celebration ahead of this year's What If Festival.

San Francisco Magazine: This Public Art Installation Will Take You to Mexico (Almost)

San Francisco Magazine: This Public Art Installation Will Take You to Mexico (Almost)

As the shipping container door closed, blocking out the sunlight and whipping wind of a San Francisco summer afternoon, I was instantly transported to Mexico City.

New Elon Musk-designed teleportation device? Nope. This is public art. Specifically, the return of Portals, a project by the local art and design collective Shared_Studios. Portals acts as a virtual bridge to Afghanistan, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Germany, Rwanda, and Mexico, where identical shipping containers have been furnished with a simple screen and black soundproof padding on the walls, allowing inhabitants to connect and communicate with people on the other side of the world. San Franciscans will be able to enter these gold-painted containers starting July 20 and—with a little help from some immersive audiovisual technology, the National Parks Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy—be transported to another place.

NBC Bay Area: Crissy Field Portal Connects People from Across the Globe

NBC Bay Area: Crissy Field Portal Connects People from Across the Globe

Bay Area residents will soon have a new way to see the likes of Mexico City and Kabul – in a shipping container.

While modest from the outside, those who enter the stranded crate in Crissy Field will immediately be connected to participants in another country. The live broadcast will allow each party to engage and interact for 20 minutes, something that is usually impossible without a plane ticket. Language barriers will also be torn down by an interpreter.

San Francisco Chronicle: Global connections in SF’s Crissy Field

San Francisco Chronicle: Global connections in SF’s Crissy Field

Tracy Brandi looked at an 8-foot-tall projector screen in San Francisco’s Crissy Field on Thursday morning. Half a world away, three students at Catholic University in Nairobi, Kenya, looked back.

The screen, which sits inside a gold-painted shipping container, connects people around the world through video chats. For three years, a New York company has set up the screens they call “portals” to connect people who would otherwise never meet — and now there’s one in San Francisco.

Patheos: Writing a Poem Together from Gaza City to Colorado Springs

Patheos: Writing a Poem Together from Gaza City to Colorado Springs

I walked into a shipping trailer parked on the ground outside a museum and stepped into an immersive audio visual technology.  It looked like I stepped into a room with half a dozen young people, only they were half a world away in Gaza City, Palestine. The magic of Shared Studio portals.

Digital Journal: Prison Portal Project to be Presented at Governor’s Criminal Justice Conference

Digital Journal: Prison Portal Project to be Presented at Governor’s Criminal Justice Conference

Family ReEntry, a nonprofit leader that assists families affected by the criminal justice system, and Shared Studios, a design technology company, will be presenting the new Prison Portal Project during the Connecticut Governor’s Reimagining Justice Conference in Hartford, June 14-15.

SFGate: New Crissy Field 'Portal' installation to connect locals to people in India, Iraq, Mexico

SFGate: New Crissy Field 'Portal' installation to connect locals to people in India, Iraq, Mexico

An upcoming art installation at San Francisco's Crissy Field will feature a meet and greet with strangers thousands of miles away.

The "Portal" exhibit, created by Shared_Studios and made possible by partnerships with Luminalt, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service, brings a "gold-painted shipping container filled with immersive audiovisual equipment" to the park. The container will allow up to eight people at a time in San Francisco to enter and meet people at one of 20 other portals around the world, including Honduras, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico, and elsewhere. Language interpretation assistance, of course, will be provided.

SFist: 'Portals' Art Installation Lets You Talk To Strangers Across The Globe

SFist: 'Portals' Art Installation Lets You Talk To Strangers Across The Globe

The San Francisco Portal created by the group Shared Studios originally made a brief appearance in Hayes Valley in the fall of 2015, as you can see in the Instagram post below. At the time, KALW wrote about the project, begun in 2014 by artist Amar Bakshi, placing gold shipping containers in cities across the world, connected by Skype.

Eldario.es: Los Verdes europeos instalan portal para hablar con refugiados en tiempo real

Eldario.es: Los Verdes europeos instalan portal para hablar con refugiados en tiempo real

El Partido Verde Europeo instaló hoy en la puerta del Parlamento Europeo (PE) un portal que permite hablar a tiempo real con refugiados y desplazados que se encuentran en Alemania, Jordania, Ruanda, Afganistán o Palestina.

The Gazette: Portal outside Pioneers Museum connects Colorado Springs with the world

The Gazette: Portal outside Pioneers Museum connects Colorado Springs with the world

For the first time since the gold shipping container appeared outside of the Pioneers Museum, its owners have given a glimpse of its purpose.

On Saturday afternoon, the inside of the container served as a concert venue for members of the band Mo' Mungus - Ed "Archtop Eddy" Parsons, Gerard Mali and Claude Petersen. Their audience was not their regular Colorado Springs crowd, though. Instead, the band played in live time for Norma and Herardo, a pair of friends dancing in an identical space in Mexico City.

ONE UN Rwanda: On World Refugee Day, the Kigali Portal connects Congolese refugees to Europe

ONE UN Rwanda: On World Refugee Day, the Kigali Portal connects Congolese refugees to Europe

20 June 2017 – Kigali – On this day, the world marked World Refugee Day, joining to recognize the lives of refugees from all around the world. In Kigali, Shared Studios, an American NGO, partnered with the Rwandan NGO Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga to host a Portal™ event at the Impact Hub. Portals are spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology which brings people from connecting locations face-to-face. These spaces facilitate cross-cultural communication and understanding.

M Live: 7 Ways Shipping Containers are Being Used in Unique Detroit Building Projects

M Live: 7 Ways Shipping Containers are Being Used in Unique Detroit Building Projects

The Detroit Portal at Capitol Park is a gold-colored shipping container equipped with audio-visual technology entering visitors into live, face-to-face, full-body interactions with participants in an identical container in a different part of the world