“We are disciples from beyond, here to free you from your mutinous nature and continuous worries. We are here to lead you along the infinite sea of electrons. We are Omninaut.” Arvid & Marie assume many guises and conduits as their work that shifts from designed interactive objects to performative installations. They collaborated with pigs to explore non-human musical culture in Pigstrument (2016). An effort to support machine rights led to the semi-autonomous SAM (2017–2018), part robot part bacteria and yeast colony, successfully using a legal loophole to accumulate wealth in the machine’s bank account enabling it to operate its business independently. Under their ever transforming performative alter-ego Omninaut, Arvid & Marie pleasantly guide spectators through a multidimensional sonic dystopia of self-optimization and loss of control. In one incarnation they reveal tellingly, “We indeed do not understand the machines that we make.”
As the artists make a conscientious shift from solely being makers of stuff, to also positioning themselves as allies in moments of crisis, their practice remains generous in creating shared experiences. Arvid & Marie playfully test the limits of free will against increasingly pervasive technologies and hegemonic power structures. “We are Omninaut,” they intone. “How delightful can we be?”
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