Imagine you're standing in front of a shipping container. You step inside and suddenly realise it isn't a normal container but a portal instead. It connects you to and lets you talk with whoever has entered another portal located somewhere else on the planet. This isn’t your typical video chat software – you get immersed in it. Portals was created by Shared_Studios and is currently setup on the street just opposite of the STATION’s entrance.
This global public art initiative consist of Portals, each being a gold shipping container equipped with immersive audio-visual technology and placed in public sites around the world. When individuals enter one Portal, they come face-to-face with a stranger and can converse live as if in the same room. Each Portal is staffed by a Portal Curator who engages the local community and provides live interpretation. More than 13,000 people have entered these Portals – now it’s your turn!
Book your appointment and speak to the world! Make your reservation over here. You’ll find the golden Portal opposite of the entrance to re:publica TEN. The portal will stand through May 6th. Amar Bakshi, creator of Shared_Studios, will hold a Keynote on May 4th, 1:45 - 2:45 pm. Read more on Amar in his portrait here.
Portals at re:publica is enabled by the Vodafone Institut für Gesellschaft und Kommunikation. Read more on the Institut's activities at re:publica TEN over here.
Photo credit: Shared_Studios