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MYRIAD. Where we connect. | VR Experience

MYRIAD. Where we connect. | VR Experience
An artistic experience of a poetic journey following the paths of three migratory animals.

MYRIAD is a project about animal migration in the Anthropocene and has crafted a highly artistic and poetic virtual reality experience, based on scientific migratory data, that invites the visitor to experience our world as an interdependent system. We follow the migratory journeys of three animals: The Bald Ibis, the Arctic Fox, and the Green Sea Turtle, along wind and ocean currents, across continents and through soaring mountain ranges as they make their way around the globe.

From global to elemental, Myriad includes the science of interconnectedness into an outstanding artistic concept by creating a world out of carbon. Flexible and abundant, carbon is an element that forms the basis of all life on earth. MYRIAD’s visual concept makes use of this building block as a narrative and aesthetic link between individual elements and global networks to show how all life on earth is part of an endlessly connected cycle.

Carbon is the main creational and artistic element across all MYRIAD’s formats, generating atmospheres and landscapes, transporting movement and reconfiguring interaction in a constantly changing, living cosmos. Analog charcoal drawings, produced in the studio, are integrated in the digital VR environment and combined with carbon particle systems to form the world of MYRIAD. As they disintegrate and reassemble, they convey a feeling of organic vitality and a unified understanding of a world that is in constant change and in which everything is interconnected.

Experiencing natural cycles from an entirely new perspective catalyzes an intuitive, rich understanding of the natural world, while generating a newly responsible attitude towards the impact of human behavior on an individual and global scale. One journey at a time, MYRIAD’s immersive, unique experiences activate individuals’ connection to the world we share and the marvelous beings we share it with.

The VR experience MYRIAD is a project from the non-profit organization Interactive Media Foundation and Filmtank in co-creation with Miiqo Studios and Artificial Rome. With scientific support of Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (Natural History Museum Berlin) / Mediasphere for Nature, Waldrappteam / LIFE Northern Bald Ibis, Deutsches Meeresmuseum Stralsund (German Oceanographic Museum), University of Exeter, Ascension Island Government, Zoo in der Wingst, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research and RiffReporter. Supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

The VR Experience is part of the international crossmedia project MYRIAD. Where we connect.
This takes place in the form of an artistic and poetic virtual reality experience, a 360° 3 D documentary, a primetime TV documentary, a fulldome experience, an immersive, interactive exhibition, labs and citizen science projects, as well as other complementary formats. They all aim to reorient audiences’ relationship with the environment, and spark active engagement with local efforts to conserve the earth’s biodiversity.

A project of Interactive Media Foundation and Filmtank
In co-creation with Miiqo Studios, Context Film and Artificial Rome
With the scientific support of Max-Planck-Institute of Animal Behavior, Museum für Naturkunde
Berlin/ Mediasphere for Nature, Waldrappteam/ LIFE Northern Bald Ibis, Deutsches Meeresmuseum
Stralsund, University of Exeter, Ascension Island Government, Zoo in der Wingst, Norwegian Polar
Institute, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, zoosuisse, Tiergarten Schönbrunn
In alliance with World Wide Life Fund (WWF)
In cooperation with ARD/ SWR, RiffReporter and Occupied VR
Supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Canada Media Fund, Bell Fund

  • Saskia Kress (Interactive Media Foundation)
    Executive Producer
  • Michael Grotenhoff (Filmtank)
    Executive Producer
  • Michael Grotenhoff (Filmtank)
    Creative Producer
  • Lena Thiele & Sebastian Baurmann (Miiqo Studios)
    Author/ Creative Director/ Art Director
  • Dirk Hoffmann (Artificial Rome)
    Lead Visual Artist
  • Lena Thiele (Miiqo Studios)
    Story and Text
  • Torsten Sperling-Ufer (Artificial Rome)
    Technical Director
  • Nico Alexander Taniyama (Artificial Rome)
    3D Director/3D Lead Artist
  • Christian Rambow (Artificial Rome)
    3D Technical/Environmental Artists
  • Katharina Przyborowski (Artificial Rome)
    3D Technical/Environmental Artists
  • Patrik de Jong (Artificial Rome)
    Director Interaction
  • Christoph Espig (Artificial Rome)
    Interaction Programming
  • Mateusz Marchwicki (Artificial Rome)
    Interaction Programming
  • Florian Friedmann
    Animal Rigger
  • Hendrik Rost
    Animal Animation
  • Rutger Hoedemaekers
  • Christian Barth (Akkordarbeiter)
    Creative Sound Director
  • Andrew Mottl
    Sound Designer
  • Julian Ferreira da Silva
    Technical Sound Designer
  • Michael Grotenhoff (Filmtank)
    Director 3D Green Screen Captures
  • Christian Zipfel
    Director 3D Green Screen Captures
  • Sönke Kirchhof (INVR)
    DOP 3D Green Screen Captures
  • Zsolt Magyari
    DOP 3D Green Screen Captures
  • Jana Pape
    DOP 3D Green Screen Captures
  • Robert Werner (Artificial Rome)
    FX Design
  • Dulcie Smart
    Voice Over
  • Sebastian Baurmann (Miiqo Studios)
    Production Lead
  • Kerstin Klewitz (Filmtank)
    Production Lead
  • Thorsten Schwarck (Interactive Media Foundation)
    Production Lead
  • Jochen Watral (Artificial Rome)
    Production Lead
  • Magnus Froböse (Context Film)
    Project Consultant
  • Julian Oberbeck
    Technical Consultant
  • Project Type:
    Virtual Reality
  • Completion Date:
    August 15, 2021
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  • Student Project:
  • 78th Venice International Film Festival
    September 1, 2021
    World Premiere
    North American Premiere
  • Geneva International Film Festival
    Swiss Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Raindance Immersive
    UK Premiere
    Nomination as "Best Documentary Experience"
    March 23, 2022
    Danish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Red Dot Award

    September 1, 2022
    Best of Best UX Design, Best of Best Spatial Communication, Illustration
  • Telly Award

    United States
    May 1, 2022
  • Art Directors Club

    May 1, 2022
  • Annual Multimedia Award

    January 1, 2022
  • Silbersalz Science & Media Award

    June 19, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Japan Prize
    November 1, 2021
    Digital Media Division
  • Epica Awards

    December 1, 2021
  • BIFAN Beyond Reality
    Korea, Republic of
    July 7, 2022
    Official Selection
    United States
    October 15, 2021
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Interactive Media Foundation gGmbH
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography

Directors’ biographies

Lena Thiele
Prof. Lena Thiele, writer and creative director of the Berlin-based media company Miiqo Studios has been conceptualising and producing award-winning digital media formats since 2003. Her focus lies on creating innovative narrative formats at the intersection of state-of-the-art technology, art and science. Her productions received numerous awards, such as the SXSW Innovation Award for the best visual media experience, Grimme Online Award and the Prix Italia 2015. She additionally works as a trainer for international programmes and universities and as consultant to the international media industry. In recent years, she has served multiple times as a member of the jury for the International Digital Emmy® Award non-fiction category and was part of the jury for the Grimme Online Awards. She was appointed to serve on the Grimme Institute’s advisory committee. Since 2016 Lena Thiele is professor for “Digital Narratives - Art&Design” at the ifs - international filmschool cologne.

Sebastian Baurmann
Sebastian Baurmann is Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Miiqo Studios UG. The Berlin based Studio creates meaningful experiences through innovation in storytelling, technology and entertainment. As an Art Director for digital media in the fields of TV, online, mobile, games and advertising he has over 20 years of experience. He worked for major companies like BMW, Dell, Mercedes Benz, Audi and MTV Networks. Since 2010 he concentrates on international crossmedia productions and high-quality digital content. The main focus lies on the creative combination of latest technologies, state of the art graphics, VFX and user interfaces to create unique formats with a well-balanced level of immersion, user experience, design and animation.
With his production netwars/Out of CTRL webseries he received numerous awards like the Grimme Online Award, the SXSW Innovation Award for Best Visual Media Experience, the Prix Italia or became FWA Website of the Week.

Dirk Hoffmann
Dirk Hoffmann, head of artificial rome worked as a fine artist for ten years before turning to graphic design – a background that brings a wealth of unexpected and audacious visual imagery. He has been the driving force behind artifical rome since the very beginning.
As a person, who is strongly involved in graphics, drawing and painting, he focused on analog and digital spaces and in the end specialised in interaktive narratives. He is still in love with questions centered around the bigger picture. This could be transported in games, interaktive movies, installations or as he started, in a single image on the wall.
The independent music decade of the 80`s, the english paintings from the 60`s and the applied work from the russian constructivists from the 20`s inspire him.
He and his companies work for clients like BMW, Sennheiser and Siemens has been awarded with more than 40 international awards since 2014, as Cannes Lions, Art Directors Club, New York Festival, Red Dots Awards.

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Director Statement

“Global challenges like the destabilization of ecological systems and the massive decline in biodiversity demand a radical reconfiguration of how we understand and interact with the natural world. Humans are but one small part of a vastly complex planet, and the way we influence our shared habitat has wide-reaching effects for all forms of life that asks for the development of alternative futures.

That is the basis and motivation for our project MYRIAD – a project that tells stories of migrating animals and the anthropogenic influence they face on their journeys. Migratory animals interact with and rely on complex global ecosystems to navigate vast distances and ensure their survival. Scientists are only beginning to understand just how sophisticated and interdependent these systems are.

Take the green sea turtle, one of the three protagonists of our VR experience. The sea turtle is one of the oldest and most fascinating creatures in the world. It has managed to survive for millions of years, although only one in a thousand hatchlings ever reaches adulthood. The reptile covers thousands of kilometers on its travels through the oceans, and it is still a mystery how it orients itself – using a magnetic field? Currents? Sense of smell underwater?

These stories show us our world of interconnectedness, asking for global responsibility in our shared world and a re-connection and realignment of ourselves with our natural environments.

In our VR experience, we explore this in a poetic, artistic way. What connects all life on Earth is also the central element of our visual language: carbon. In MYRIAD, analog charcoal drawings merge with digitally animated carbon particles to form landscapes and organisms that ultimately fall apart again. We show a world in constant flux and create an artistic space for imagination and emotion.

Our VR experience allows viewers to follow the story of our animals on a poetic and emotional journey, which has been scientifically verified. The installation focuses on the many changes to Earth that have resulted from human interference. This heightens visitors’ awareness of the explosive nature of global change and immerses them directly in the complex interrelationships of the Earth system."

Lena Thiele (Miiqo Studios), Author/ Creative Director, Sebastian Baurmann, Creative Director (Miiqo Studios)
May 2021