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Myriad. Where we connect | VR Experience

Venice VR Expanded
Lena Thiele, Sebastian Baurmann, Dirk Hoffmann
Interactive Media Foundation, Filmtank, Saskia Kress, Michael Grotenhoff
Running Time:
Lena Thiele
Nico Alexander Taniyama, Dirk Hoffmann, Sebastian Baurmann
HTC Vive/Vive Pro/Pro 2 Oculus Rift/Rift S/Quest w/link
Authors/creative directors/ art directors:Lena Thiele, Sebastian Baurmann
Lead visual artist:Dirk Hoffmann
Technical director:Torsten Sperling-Ufer
Director interaction:Patrik de Jong
Interaction programming:Christoph Espig, Mateusz Marchwicki
3D artists:Nico Alexander Taniyama, Christian Rambow, Katharina Przyborowski
Animal rigger and animation:Florian Friedmann, Hendrik Rost
Music:Rutger Hoedemaekers
Sound:Christian Barth (Creative Sound Director), Andrew Mottl (Sound Designer), Julian Ferreira da Silva (Technical Sound Designer)
3D green screen captures:Directors: Michael Grotenhoff, Christian Zipfel. DoP: Sönke Kirchhof, Zsolt Magyari, Jana Pape
FX design:Robert Werner
Production lead:Sebastian Baurmann, Kerstin Klewitz, Thorsten Schwarck, Jochen Watral
Voice over:Dulcie Smart
Scientific support:Johannes Fritz (Waldrappteam/LIFE Northern Bald Ibis), Karl-HeinzFrommolt (Museum für Naturkunde Berlin), Eva Fuglei (Norwegian Polar Institute), Thomas Krumenacker/Christian Schwaegerl (RiffReporter), Nicole Kube & Tom Bär (DeutschesMeeresmuseum Stralsund), Martin Wikelski (Max-Planck-Institute of Animal Behavior), Ascension Island Government, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, University of Exeter


Myriad is a project about animal migration in the Anthropocene. The VR experience, based on real scientific migratory data, takes the audience on a poetic journey 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. Analog produced charcoal drawings are integrated into the digital VR environment and combined with carbon particle systems to form the world of Myriad. Experiencing natural cycles from an entirely new perspective on this emotional and poetic journey catalyses an intuitive, rich understanding of the natural world, while generating an awareness towards the impact of human behaviour on an individual and global scale.

Directors’ Statement

Global challenges like the destabilisation of ecological systems and the massive loss 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 inhabited by many and the way we influence our shared habitat has wide-reaching effects. We need to rebuild our relationship with the environment to rethink our future. That is the basis and motivation for Myriad – a project that tells stories of migrating animals and the anthropogenic influence they face. Our VR experience allows viewers to follow the story of our animals on a poetic and emotional journey, which has been scientifically verified.


PRODUCTION1: Saskia Kress – Interactive Media Foundation gGmbH
Reichenberger Str. 88
10999 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 30 92 10 13 20

PRODUCTION 2: Michael Grotenhoff - Filmtank GmbH
Reichenberger Str. 88
10999 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 30 58 58 375 30

WORLD SALES: Stephanie Wieck - Interactive Media Foundation gGmbH
Reichenberger Str. 88
10999 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 3092101320

PRESS OFFICE: Kristian Müller - SteinbrennerMüller Kommunikation
Linienstr. 213
10119 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. : +49 (0)30 4737 2192

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