There are a lot of brilliant art projects looking for funding on crowdfunding sites, but this one seems to have immense value beyond the art world and its viewers.
Shared_Studios is a multidisciplinary arts, design and technology collective based in Washington, DC, USA. They have built two ‘portals’ - gold shipping containers with immersive audio-visual technonogy inside. Enter one and come face-to-face with someone in another and the two of you can talk, sing and dance as if in the same room.
They have already launched the first two portals and in just a few weeks, over a thousand people in Iran and the USA entered the Portal one-at-a-time.
They met a stranger in the other country and spent 20 private, personal, minutes together discussing daily life, food, family, love and loss.
They came out giddy, weeping and everything in between.
More details at: www.kickstarter.com