The PHI_portal is an immersive public art installation and long-term participatory initiative (from July 2020 to July 2021) that brings the Montreal public face-to-face with communities from 50 cities across time and space – from Ede, Milwaukee, Kigali to Gaza. Through immersive live-stream technology, the experience of entering The PHI_portal is akin to sharing the same physical space as someone on the mirrored side of the screen engaging the entire body and corporal language. In partnership with Shared_Studios, The PHI_portal is embedded in a network of varying geopolitical realities that facilitate the emergence of a third space - a hybrid zone where specific contexts converge to enable connection.
The PHI_portal will connect local and international communities through transdisciplinary programming series that centre music, design, visual and media arts to explore dialogue that activates our global connectivity. It will serve as a catalyst for artistic exchanges and human connections that transcend across borders and language.