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WGBH: ‘Skype on Steroids’: From Harvard Square To Jordan Through A Portal

WGBH: ‘Skype on Steroids’: From Harvard Square To Jordan Through A Portal

Harvard Divinity School has brought to the Cambridge campus this week a large shipping container that serves as a portal to refugees around the world, using audio-visual technology that allows students and refugees to have live conversations.

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.

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.

NPR Marketplace: Brooklyn and Berlin partner up to drive tech growth

NPR Marketplace: Brooklyn and Berlin partner up to drive tech growth

Whenever Brooklyn and Berlin appear in the same sentence, the word “hipster” always lurks nearby like a smug intruder. True, both places are littered with hipster bait, with store after store peddling expensive coffee and fixed-gear bikes. But there’s far more to Brooklyn and Berlin, of course. Right now the communities are working together to create something many hipsters don’t seem to care that much about: jobs. The idea is to drive growth and innovation by connecting the two emerging tech startup scenes.

Aspen Public Radio: Portal project connects communities

Aspen Public Radio: Portal project connects communities

Shining brightly on the Aspen Institute campus this week is a portal to another space. It’s a project of Shared Studios LLC. It’s a temporary set up, mirroring the gold-painted shipping containers placed in public areas all over the world that provide audio and video connection to other portals. Or, more accurately, provide human connection.

KALW: A public art 'portal' connects Bay Area residents to citizens across the world

KALW: A public art 'portal' connects Bay Area residents to citizens across the world

Two young trombone players are performing a duet inside a shipping container in a emptied lot in Hayes Valley. The musicians, Harry Gonzalez and Brett Wyatt, are from the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and they address their audience through the screen in front of them. 

WAMU Art Beat: 'Portal': A Shipping Container-Turned-Art Project Connecting People Across the Globe

WAMU Art Beat: 'Portal': A Shipping Container-Turned-Art Project Connecting People Across the Globe

A global art project recently came to D.C., bringing visitors face-to-face with strangers in Afghanistan, Iran and Cuba. Hundreds of people signed up online to book 20-minute-long one-on-one conversations in the Portal, a shipping container outfitted with video, audio and Internet.

NPR Morning Edition: Art Installation Opens Passage To A Different World

NPR Morning Edition: Art Installation Opens Passage To A Different World

We recently stood at a door in New York. We walked through that door and faced a person inside Iran. That was the concept of an art installation which started in New York and whose creators hope to take it elsewhere. They invited us to try. Walk into a common steel shipping container painted gold.

Public Radio International: This New York Art Installation Opens Up a New Gateway to Tehran

Public Radio International: This New York Art Installation Opens Up a New Gateway to Tehran

On Friday morning, a portal opened between New York City and Tehran. For the next two weeks, people in either city can walk into a scale-replica of a shipping container outfitted with an AV connection to the other city and have a live, impromptu chat with a stranger partway around the globe. The project is called A Portal Between Tehran and NYC.