The TimesSquare_Portal is a project by Shared_Studios that will connect participants in the Big Apple with others in dozens of cities across the world. Other portals exist in diverse locations including refugee camps, art museums, and public plazas in locations such as Afghanistan, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, Vietnam, and more
Watch the video on Portals produced by Freethink here.
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.
Thousands of commuters buzz by it; dozens more see it from the Starbucks line less than 100 feet away. But only a few enter this gold box in the middle of downtown Los Angeles' Grand Park.
"That was amazing," Bernadine Harris said as she stepped out of the shipping container covered in gold paint.
Moments before, she was speaking live to an Iraqi refugee standing in front of her — on a large video screen.