Today (21 November) is the last chance to stop by the TimesSquare_Portal project, a golden shipping container that connects visitors in New York’s busiest public space with people around the world, using advanced video chat software. During its seven-week-long run, the portable communications hub has linked up to cities in the US as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Myanmar. Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi.
When Shared_Studios brought its Portals project to Times Square last month, it brought in one of its star curators to take a turn on Broadway. Lewis Lee, who with his generous and engaging nature embodies the Portals mission to connect people around the world, flew in from Milwaukee to connect visitors with friends and strangers. Or more specifically, strangers who become friends.
Today (21 November) is the last chance to stop by the TimesSquare_Portal project, a golden shipping container that connects visitors in New York’s busiest public space with people around the world, using advanced video chat software. During its seven-week-long run, the portable communications hub has linked up to cities in the US as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda and Myanmar. Portals was created to foster one-on-one conversations across distances and different cultures, says the project’s founder and creative director Amar Bakshi. During a visit in October, The Art Newspaper spoke with a group of children from the Harsham Refugee Camp in Erbil, Iraq about some of their favourite activities—playing football—and foods—shawarma and barbeque. The project is always travelling, and there are plans to launch a Portal in a repurposed school bus in February, so keep an eye on the organiser’s website for future stops.
North Terrace’s old RAH building is now abandoned. Its doctors, nurses, patients and beeping machines have moved into new state-of-the-art digs just down the road. The place is suddenly quiet and more than a little eerie in their absence. On the forecourt – somewhat obscured by roadworks – a mysterious gold box has appeared.
Times Square Portal Exhibit Through November 21 Broadway Plaza, between 46th and 47th Streets
Catch a glimpse of life in various countries at the newest Times Square public art installation. Each week there will be a different theme for people to talk with others around the world regarding food, migration, performance and more. For more information visit here.
Shared_Studios Founder & Creative Director Amar Bakshi stands near a gold crate that allows Times Square visitors to interact with people across thirty locations in twenty countries as though they are in the same room stands in Times Square at a press opening for a new interactive arts installation titled TimesSquare_Portal on October 10, 2017 in New York City. TimesSquare_Portal will run from October 10 to November 21, 2017.
Amar Bakshi, creator of the global public art initiative Portals, is not as interested in how America sees the world — mainstream media is doing enough work on this narrative — as he is in how the world sees America. This is the theme of his work as a reporter for the Washington Post, for which he traveled all over the world looking for these perspectives, and he has now brought the same intent through his public art project, which now has a new site in Times Square.
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
Get a glimpse of life in another country in the middle of Times Square in this public art installation. Each portal is a storage container with a video screen inside. Via that screen, people can talk with others who are in other portals across the world. Each week will feature a different theme, including "public space," "food," "migration" and "performance."
Interact with citizens of twenty countries from October 10 to November 21 via the "Times Square_Portal" in Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets. By entering a gold shipping container, you will come face-to-face with somebody in an identical space somewhere in the world — and then you can talk about weekly themes ranging from "Food" to "Identity" and "Gratitude." The portals were created by the artist Amar C. Bakshi, who'll be in the NYC "portal" on October 10 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Times Square Arts and Shared_Studios organized the event — go HERE for all the details.
Times Square will be taking the phrase “Crossroads of the World” to heart this fall.
On October 10, a shipping container will set up shop in Broadway Plaza between 46th and 47th Streets, enclosing a life-sized live video chat that connects to dozens of cities across the world. Dubbed “The TimesSquare_Portal,” the project is produced by Shared_Studios and will run through November 21. During that stretch, attendees can chat with people (who will also be in similar shipping containers) in far-off locations like Kabul, Afghanistan; Gaza City, Palestine; and—er—Milwaukee. Those who are interested in chatting with a complete stranger on the other side of the planet can reserve spots online.
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.