Shared_Studios is a multidisciplinary art, design, and technology collective building an Internet you can walk through. With innovations in hardware, software, and design, Shared_Studios creates interconnected environments around the world that feel spatially continuous. Their flagship project, Portals, was created by artist Amar C. Bakshi in 2014. 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. Since launch, Portals have expanded to 25 sites around the world and connected more than 65,000 people in conversation, collaboration, and play.
Portals are set up at diverse locations including museums, universities, technology hubs, refugee camps and arts centers, and staffed by Portal_Curators who form a trusted, global community of people who program dialogues, classes and events, lead local outreach, and provide live language interpretation.