The exhibition PORTALS features four immersive gateways that invite participants into wholly different realities and ways of experiencing the world. While we talk increasingly about technology in terms of algorithms, surveillance, and filter bubbles, PORTALS is about reclaiming technology for a meaningful human exchange. It presents an opportunity to see how much of ourselves we can really see reflected in others.
The exhibition includes:
Awavena, a documentary that uses mixed reality to take participants deep in the Amazon and the extraordinary journey of a female indigenous leader dealing with issues that feel strikingly familiar. Directed by Lynette Wallworth and produced by Nicole Newnham, the team behind the Emmy Award-winning virtual reality experience Collisions.
New Dimensions in Testimony, an interactive conversation where participants interact with the projected image of a holocaust survivor as he answers participants’ questions about his life seemingly in real time. By the USC Shoah Foundation and Heather Maio.
Machine to Be Another, a virtual reality experience in the body of another where participants interact with a piece of another person’s life story by seeing themselves in the body of this person and listening to the thoughts inside their minds. By BeAnotherLab.
Shared_Portals, a live and full-body dialogue with someone in a portal in a distant place such as a refugee camp in Iraq, a university in Nairobi or a park in Colorado, exploring topics such as trust, technology and community. By Shared_Studios.
Also included in the exhibition is artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s installation Pulse Index. When participants press a sensor their fingerprint will immediately appear on the largest cell of a stepped display that creates a horizon line of skin, pulsating to their heart beat.
PORTALS is produced by the World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Science Gallery International. Partners include BeAnotherLab, USC Shoah Foundation and Heather Maio, Shared_Studios, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Nicole Newnham and Lynette Wallworth. Major support from IDA Ireland and the Wellcome Trust.