BroadwayWorld: TimesSquare Portal Brings the World to Times Square

BroadwayWorld: TimesSquare Portal Brings the World to Times Square

n partnership with Shared_Studios, Times Square Arts brings the TimesSquare_Portal to the Broadway Plaza between 46th & 47th Street, allowing Times Square visitors to interact with people across thirty locations in twenty countries as though they are in the same room. The interactive public art installation will run from October 10 to November 21, 2017. All are invited to book free timed reservations in the Portal at www.TimesSquarePortal.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Reeperbahn Festival: Shared Studios

Reeperbahn Festival: Shared Studios

Sharing: it’s a pretty standard thing to do in this age of social media. We share thoughts, photos, videos, articles. Shared Studios has set up 20 gold-coloured shipping containers equipped with immersive audio-visual technology in diverse locations around the world and networked them with each other. Places such as Kabul, Erbil, Amman, Mumbai, Washington, Berlin, Kigali, and El Progreso have been turned into communication points, into transmitters and receivers. What for? To share events.

UCCS Communique: How I traveled the world without leaving campus

UCCS Communique: How I traveled the world without leaving campus

A gold shipping container gleamed in the sunlight near University Center on Monday as I approached with anxious excitement and curiosity wondering where I would be transported in just a few moments.

I learned about the Global Portal project created by Shared Studios when the container was situated at The Pioneer’s Museum downtown, but I never seemed to be able to make time to experience it for myself. So, when I discovered that the portal would be installed on campus, I could not let this second opportunity pass me by.

KRCC: Colorado Springs Portal Forges Musical Connections Around The World

KRCC: Colorado Springs Portal Forges Musical Connections Around The World

Listen to the report here: http://krcc.org/post/colorado-springs-portal-forges-musical-connections-around-world

The Imagination Celebration is giving area residents the opportunity to connect to distant lands and cultures from right here in Colorado Springs. As part of the annual What If Festival in downtown Colorado Springs this Saturday, the Imagination Celebration has stationed a "portal" -- a golden shipping container outfitted with a camera, microphone, and an eight-by-eight-foot projection screen -- at the Pioneers Museum. The portal functions like a giant, community Skype box, linking up with other portals stationed in places as diverse as Gaza, Berlin, and Brooklyn.

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.

NBC4: 'Golden Portal' Project Brings Strangers Together for Discussion

NBC4: 'Golden Portal' Project Brings Strangers Together for Discussion

A Yale Law research project titled "The Criminal Justice Dialogues" brings strangers from across the country together to discuss issues inside an air-conditioned "golden portal." Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fox 21: Portal transports people around the world without leaving Colorado Springs

Fox 21: Portal transports people around the world without leaving Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Transporting yourself to another world – that’s exactly what’s happening right now in Colorado Springs.

From Germany to Iraq, it’s all done in a giant shipping container near downtown.

“Here we are only 12 million people, but we also have a very small country,” said Yves, speaking from Rwanda through video. “It’s a pleasure to me to meet people who see things differently in another way.”

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.

PeakRadar.com: Portal Presented by Imagination Celebration at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

PeakRadar.com: Portal Presented by Imagination Celebration at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. When you enter a Portal, you come face-to-face with someone in a distant Portal live and full-body, as if in the same room.

The Imagination Celebration and the What If…Festival of Imagination and Innovation are excited and proud to bring the Portal Project to Colorado Springs! This global public art initiative has been connecting people around the world since 2014.