Myriad. Where we connect.
Where we connect.
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. Interactive, immersive and science-driven storytelling can help the public better understand the complexity of our interconnected and interdependent world on a planetary scale through narratives that are both emotionally impactful and informative.
BRINGING TOGETHER SCIENCE, ART AND STORYTELLING
MYRIAD cooperates closely with the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin to craft experiences at the intersection of science, art and education.
MYRIAD takes this scientific foundation to create immersive experiences to show the complexity of animal behavior – and how global animal pathways have been influenced by anthropogenic changes to the environment.
Visualizing movement on a massive, yet intuitive scale can help us understand the interconnectedness of our world, and restore a sense of wonder for the world around us.
Virtual Reality Experience
Through a poetic virtual reality experience MYRIAD allows audiences to join three different migrating species along wind and ocean currents, across continents and through soaring mountain ranges as they make their way around the globe. Each journey weaves new scientific insights into fascinating, emotional stories of survival and perseverance.
The protagonists: Bald Ibis, Green Sea Turtle and Polar Fox.
In an exhibition context, there will be a full immersive VR experience. Additionally, Quest Glasses will provide a mobile adaptation of the VR Experience.
World premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival 2021, September 2021.
The three Protagonists
Northern Bald Ibis – The Bald Ibis is a whimsical, imposing ibis bird that was native to the Middle East and Central Europe until the 17th century, when in Europe overhunting and other human-caused factors wiped out the population. Today, scientists are working to reintroduce the birds to their original habitat.
Green Sea Turtle – The Green Sea Turtle has been fighting for survival since birth. Due to their natural predators and the threats of fishing and marine pollution, only a fraction of hatchlings make it to adulthood. We learn about their amazing abilities to navigation using the earth’s magnetic field and the smell of water composition.
Arctic Fox – The fight for survival is becoming increasingly difficult for the Arctic Fox due to threats from invasive species, hunting, loss of food sources due to climate change, and the melting of the Arctic. Whole populations have been threatened with separation as natural migration routes across the ice are no longer possible. We follow the true and incredible story of a small Arctic Fox from Spitsbergen who makes her way across 3,506 kilometers of polar ice in just 76 days on her way to Canada.
360º 3D Documentary
MYRIAD is flanked by a film that uses state-of-the-art 3D 360° technology to capture the story of one of the most spectacular reintroduction programs in Europe: the human-led reintroduction of the bald ibis.
Using an ultralight aircraft, humans guide the bald ibises over the Alps, encouraging them to readopt historical migration patterns.
The viewer follows the birds on this gripping and emotional journey, learning about the special characteristics and migration routes of the animals, the factors impacting their flight, and the challenges they have to overcome on the way.
An interactive and immersive walkthrough installation stages the story world of the MYRIAD project in three dimensions, bringing science to life in museums, exhibitions and festivals.
The installation focuses on the many changes to the earth that have resulted from human interference. Intuitively graspable data about animal migration, anthropogenic changes to the environment, and even more animal stories of the Anthropocene heightens visitors’ awareness of the explosive nature of global change and immerses them directly in the complex interrelationships of the Earth system.
Using gestural control to interact with a circular screen and central sphere, visitors can engage with aesthetic data visualizations, animated infographics, audio stories and both visual as well as acoustic interactive elements.
Primetime TV Documentary
MYRIAD and ARD are co-producing a 52-minute international TV documentary called „The Secret Network of Animals – How Animals Help Us to Better Understand Our Planet.”
Long before the Internet connected the world, our planet developed a complex system of knowledge that united all living creatures. We call it the Internet of Animals. Scientists are only just beginning to understand how migratory animals interact with and rely on complex ecosystems to navigate vast distances and ensure their survival – and what this signifies for us humans in a shared habitat.
Can the sixth sense of animals help us to better understand our shared habitat? Can they help us to answer the crucial global questions of our time such as climate change, species extinction, natural disasters and the spread of epidemics?