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TimeOut Magazine: Enter a Portal to Iran (or Honduras, or Cuba) in This Hayes Valley Art Experience

TimeOut Magazine: Enter a Portal to Iran (or Honduras, or Cuba) in This Hayes Valley Art Experience

There's a new tenant in Hayes Valley's Proxy space, sandwiched between the Smitten ice cream stand and the lager-slinging Biergarten. This time, though, the addition isn't another hipster-approved juice bar or gluten-free bakery: This is a wormhole to another country hosted by Shared Studios, a global public art project.

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.

AFP: Golden Shipping Container Transports Americans to Parts Unknown

AFP: Golden Shipping Container Transports Americans to Parts Unknown

Step inside a gold-painted shipping container in downtown Washington, midway between the White House and the Capitol, and, for 20 minutes, you can make a new friend in Afghanistan, Cuba or Iran.

"What would make today a good day for you?" is the ice-breaking question that visitors to the Portals project are invited to use to strike up a transnational conversation via a sometimes shaky Internet video link.

GW Hatchett: Repurposed train cars make an otherworldly art exhibit

GW Hatchett: Repurposed train cars make an otherworldly art exhibit

Amar Bakshi was imprisoned in Zimbabwe on espionage charges when he was studying as a senior at Harvard University. He was a special assistant to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, when Barack Obama came into office, and he is a Truman Scholar and Soros Fellow.

He has also spent the last year and a half re-purposing train cars by painting them gold and, with the help of architects and engineers, equipping them with audio-visual technology so that when participants step inside, they are face to face with someone who is likely thousands of miles away.