Shared Studios

Spacesmith collaborated with Shared Studios’ Founder Amar Bakshi to create reusable, transportable spaces as vehicles for conversations between people in galleries in Tehran and NYC. Portals are shipping containers with immersive audio and video technology. Upon entering, one comes face-to-face with someone in the other container, full-body, as if in the same room.

Shared Studios Portals Pop-up

Described as “creating a wormhole throughout the world,” Portals are containers equipped with audio-visual communications technology that allow individuals to enter one at a time and converse with a person in the other location as if in the same room. 

The Portal Container can hold up to 8 people at a time and creates the feeling of being in the same space as someone in an identical gold container somewhere else on Earth. Portals serve as a catalyst for conversation between communities that would not typically engage with one another due to language barriers, technological limitations and hardened stereotypes of the other. 

Portals launched its global network by pairing Tehran and New York. Since then, portals are set up at diverse locations including museums, universities, technology hubs, refugee camps, and arts centers. They have popped-up in th Middle East, Central and South America, North America, South and East Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania.


CURRENT SITES:

  • ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA
  • AMMAN, JORDAN
  • ANDOVER, MASSACHUSETTS
  • ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN
  • BALTIMORE, USA
  • BERLIN, GERMANY
  • BROOKLYN, USA
  • CHICAGO, USA
  • COLORADO SPRINGS, USA
  • ERBIL, IRAQ
  • GAZA CITY, PALESTINE
  • HERAT, AFGHANISTAN
  • HOOD COLLEGE, FREDERICK, MARYLAND
  • KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
  • KIGALI, RWANDA
  • LOS ANGELES, USA
  • MALAGA, SPAIN
  • MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
  • MILWAUKEE, USA
  • NAIROBI, KENYA
  • PANAMA_PORTAL
  • SAN LUIS OBISPO, USA 
  • SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS
  • YANGON, MYANMAR
 
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President Obama and The White House host an annual state of entrepreneurship event filled with speakers and workshops for 1,500 entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers around the world.

Most notably, President Obama communicated via portal at the 2016 Global Entrepreneur Summit in Silicon Valley.