Ars Electronica Garden Milan

Hybridizing life experiences

MEET Digital Culture Center (IT)

The MEET Garden in Milan explores the interconnections between Nature, Technology and Humanity. Its contents will dig into the hybridization between physical and virtual experiences – up to advocating a “bio-based society.” MEET’s garden will also explore the production and emerging use of VR and XR in the performing arts. An inspirational talk on the emerging practice of integrating biological processes into art and digital creativity will be held by William Myers, the author of two widely acclaimed books: Biodesign and BioArt. Dance the distance is a live guided tour through a virtual dance studio. Participants as avatars will be able to meet the virtual dancers and join an open rehearsal for a VR dance performance in progress. It’s an experimental project to test new forms of choreographic creation and dance performances in virtual and augmented reality or VR devices.

Hybridizing life experiences

Meet the Media Guru with William Myers
Meet the Media Guru is a lecture held by William Myers at MEET’s headquarters in Milan. The event will be live-streamed and a video will be recorded for on-demand viewing. The 30-minute talk and 10min Q&A session will also take place on-site for an invitation-only audience at MEET’s immersive room. The Meet the Media Guru format has a focus on audience engagement and interaction through different tools such as live polling platforms, a social newsroom and a multi-layered strategy of promotion and social cast to bring people together and disseminate ideas.

Dance the distance
Dance the distance is a 30 minutes live-guided tour through a virtual dance studio. A hybrid format of vocal and virtual interaction through VR dance. The experience will involve 20 onsite participants at MEET ‘s immersive room (dancers, choreographers, VR designers, students, artistic researchers, artist, artistic directors) + 20 virtual participants connected via Mozilla Hub.

About the MEET Digital Culture Center

MEET Digital Culture Center ( is the Italian organization that supports digital culture in order to reduce Italian divide and develop new opportunities through creative technology. Founded and based in Milan in 2018 with the support of Fondazione Cariplo, MEET delivers a massive plan of online and onsite activities that bring people to experience and embrace digital technology as a part of their daily life and a resource for their creativity. A social enterprise, MEET collects, promotes and shares creative ideas and innovative projects to encourage participatory innovation and thoughtful digitization by involving families, professionals, young people, companies, public institutions and associations. MEET is part of the S+T+Arts network as a Regional S+T+Arts Center in order to support collaborations between artists, scientists and researchers to develop more creative, inclusive, and sustainable technologies.


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Project Credits / Acknowledgements

MEET Digital Culture Center (IT) in collaboration with AiEP Avventure in Elicotteri Prodotti (CH)
Curator: Maria Grazia Mattei
Visual Director: Claudio Prati
Speaker: William Myers
Coreography: Ariella Vidach
Meet team: Sara Angelini, Alessia Bimonte, Alessandro Boscarino, Matteo Camporeale, Lorenza Delucchi, Simona De Giuseppe, Rosanna Di Nuzzo, Piergiorgio Monaci, Alessandro Rubini, Aimen Yahia, Fatime Zekjiri
Virtual Reality: Giovanni Landi
With the support of
European Commission
Fondazione Cariplo
Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy
Pro Helvetia


Press kit PDF (EN)

STARTS - Science, Technology & the Arts
Europäische Kommission
MEET Digital Culture Center