Chris Milk: How virtual reality can create the ultimate empathy machine
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Milk was born in Glen Cove, New York. After attending Friends Academy High School, Milk studied Music and Film at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He then obtained a B.F.A. in Film, Photography and Computer Graphics at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. He is now an entrepreneur, innovator, director, photographer and "immersive" artist. Virtual reality had caught his interest from early on. Chris launched his first VR project in collaboration with musical artist Beck. The project consisted on the audience being able to watch Beck perform online using 360° cameras, allowing them to experience enveloping sound in a 3D environment. In 2014, Milk and Aaron Koblin founded Within (Virtual Reality), a virtual reality technology and sister company of Vrse.works. He developed the technology to create and distribute the most innovative human stories in virtual reality. Milk's work has been exhibited in museums worldwide; including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Barbican Cente in London, CENTQUATRE in Paris and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Among his many recognitions, Milk has been awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lions, the D&AD Black Pencil, the Grand Clio and SXSW's 'Best of Show.' He has also been repeated nominated to the Grammy's, MTV Moon Men, and the UK MVA Innovation Award. Milk was named one of the 50 Most Creative People by Advertising Age in 2011 and 2015. He is also considered as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company in 2012.