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IOAM×āotū space | IOAM Residency Artists’ Exhibition

Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum

At the end of 2018, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum (IOAM) co-initiated an open call for artist-in-residence with China Residencies, titled “Locality/ Reality”. We have received many applications and positive feedbacks. The artist duo Arvid&Marie is one of the two artists (groups) who was awarded the winter’s residency and is about to finish their residency of more than a month. At the end of their residency, we will collaborate with āotū space to organize an exhibition to present their works and practice during their stay with us.  

About the Exhibition

The Myth in the Machine

Artists: Arvid&Marie

Exhibition Dates: February 26 to March 1, 2019

Performance Time: 20:00, March 1, 2019

Venue: āotū space, 67 Beixinqiao Toutiao, Beijing


Humanity is shortening its species’ expiry date by the day, a sacrifice to the great project of progress and technology. We labour to perfect our creations. Are we only to be the short lived parents of a great machine species? Maybe all that will remain will be Plastic, Steel, Silicon. What are those gods of today that will survive us?

The Myth in the Machine is an exhibition showing the sculptural ideas of a worship of technology in āotū space. After a three-month exploration through East Asia and during their residency with IOAM in Beijing, Arvid&Marie have been researching how tradition merges with technology. The exhibition pieces give form to the new myths that emerge from developing technologies.

How can we communicate with Progress? On the final day of the show, Arvid&Marie as Omninaut will perform a ritual and take the audience through a musical and theatrical performance of the new technological myths. Join us in the infinite sea of electrons.

Supported by Inside-Out Art Museum, China Residencies, āotū space and Creative Industries Fund NL.


About the Artists

Arvid&Marie is a duo of artists, experience designers and technological adventurers always aiming to discover new ways to stretch our world. Together Arvid Jense (NL) and Marie Caye (FR) collaborate on their shared passion for art and technology. Inspired by popular technological hoaxes and nonsensical techno-utopian sci-fi, just as much as deeply ingrained fears and critique of technological progress, their practice is looking at the emergence of artificial entities and the alternative futures they inspire.


About Inside-Out Art Museum

Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum is located in Haidian District, Beijing. It was registered as a private and nonprofit art institution at Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau in 2011. Since the beginning of 2017, Inside-Out Art Museum returns to the local sites of art and intellectual histories, searching for threads of ideas, logic of language, and concepts of art that continue to exert impact on us in spite of multiple changes of time and space. With a focus on the critical viewpoint born out of cultural, historical and political relatedness instead of exclusiveness, we will continue to look within ourselves and promote dialogue with the cutting-edge art practices worldwide.


About āotū space

We are dedicated to providing young artists, designers and curators with space and service for exhibition and communication.

We are a space, a laboratory, a community. Where we meet, work and live together.