Multimedia Institute [mi2] emerged in 1999 as a non-governmental organisation with the goal to promote and educate the public on media culture, socially inflected approaches to new technologies and recent developments in social & aesthetic theory.

In the public eye, the work of mi2 is mostly seen through the activities of its public space and cultural centre - MaMa. Ever since it opened on May 14 2000, MaMa has been a meeting point for different communities ranging from political activists, media artists, electronic music makers, theorists, hackers and free software developers, gay and lesbian support groups, to the anime community. Guided by the ideals of sharing, it immediately offered young creators, independent cultural actors and civil initiatives, free access to both its facilities and its web infrastructure.