A giant video portal between New York and Dublin turns into controversy

A giant video portal between New York and Dublin turns into controversy
A giant video portal between New York and Dublin turns into controversy

For several days, the two cities have had a portal which allows you to see the inhabitants of each of them without having to travel.

A “futuristic” portal, that’s what the international press calls the device installed in two cities, one in Europe, in Dublin, the other in the United States, in New York. This artistic creation imagined by Lithuanian artist Benediktas Gylys aims to connect people together, and thus break down borders.

A webcam that films two cities live

Concretely, a very high definition camera films passers-by in front of each of the gates, and therefore broadcasts live what is happening in two different cities, located very far from each other. The live broadcast thus runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without interruption.

The device is described as futuristic due to its appearance, which is reminiscent of the Stargate from the saga Stargate (we find some sort of chevrons there).

“The portals are an invitation to meet people beyond borders and differences and to discover our world as it really is, united in one and the same person,” explained the artist at the launch of the operation.

In itself, nothing really futuristic, but the initiative nevertheless had a lot of resonance on social networks, necessarily creating surprising situations, at worst problematic. People on both sides of the world have taken part in the game, holding dance competitions, but have also abused the concept, for example by showing their posteriors or broadcasting pornographic content, written on the screen of a mobile phone. HuffPost.

Other excesses have also been denounced, such as a woman, arrested by the police, for throwing herself drunk on the screen, or an Irishman who showed an image of the second plane that hit the World Trade Center towers, September 11th 2001.

Scheduled to remain in place until fall 2024, the portal had already been seen in Vilnius (Lithuania) and Lublin (Poland). Other countries will nevertheless be entitled to it in the coming months, including Brazil, from July.

To avoid further abuses, Dublin City Hall has nevertheless announced that it will implement “technical solutions”, but we still do not know whether this will put an end to live broadcasting, which is at the heart of the work.

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