As if walking into a golden box didn't feel magical enough, once I stepped through the draped center part of its wispy black curtains, an enchanted travel nostalgia fell over me. Immediately I had been transported from the sidewalk of my Colorado University campus to Berlin, Germany. Three gentlemen sat across from where I stood, their bodies so closely to scale that it felt like we were in the same room. Shared_Studios had set up one of its portals next to the Library, but I felt like I was in a German cafe. With starstruck and giddy emotion, I joined another student from my city whom I had never met. Soon after, another peer joined us. The quality of the audio-video technology made the conversation effortless, because it was as though our parties were face to face.
Even if they are thousands of miles apart, students can find something in common with one another, now thanks to the UCCS Portal.
“I walked in, and we happened to be connecting to Gaza, Palestine,” said junior health sciences major Kennedy Watson. “I met a bunch of people from a local community and some college students who told me a little bit about their college.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.