“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,“ say Lena Thiele, Author/Creative Director from the vr installation MYRIAD and Sebastian Baurmann, Creative Director, both from Miiqo Studios.
"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.
In our VR experience, we explore this in a poetic, artistic way. It allows viewers to follow the story of our animals on a poetic and emotional journey, which has been scientifically verified.
The visual language combines art and science by using carbon as 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 accompanies us across MYRIAD’s digital formats, generating atmospheres and landscapes, transporting movement and reconfiguring interaction in a constantly changing, living cosmos. Analog charcoal drawings are produced in the studio, integrated in our digital environment and combined with digitally animated carbon particles. 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.
The installation focuses on the many changes to Earth that have resulted from human interference. This heightens visitors’ awareness and immerses them directly in the complex interrelationships of the Earth system.“