The latest exhibit at the Cuesta College Harold J. Miossi Gallery will connect participants to individuals around the world in real-time. The global public art initiative “Portals: Connecting the World: A Social Practice Exhibition” is coming to Cuesta College Feb. 22 – March 29. During that time, an inflatable portal, equipped with immersive audio-visual technology, will be located in the gallery, providing face-to-face, live, full-body interactions with individuals in identical portals all over the world. The Cuesta Portal will connect to the countries of Afghanistan, Australia, Germany, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Palestine, Panama, Rwanda, and more.
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Since its launch in 2014, Shared_Studios™ Portals has connected more than 85,000 people around the world. Prior Portals participants include Barack Obama, Ban Ki-moon, Haider al-Abadi, John Kerry, Samantha Power, Sergey Brin, Fareed Zakaria, Ewan McGregor, and more. Portals is a project of Shared_Studios, a multidisciplinary art, design and technology collective.
An exhibit kick-off event will take place on Feb. 22, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the gallery. Portal curators from around the world will be present.