Artist Statement

No_Sys is a collective with a name that, like our art, means many things. While it means No_System, it also grows out of the Greek word for knowledge: gnosis. Life knowledge, hidden knowledge, secret knowledge... Our goal is to find ways to fuse the street art and alt-culture we love with the tech that our careers have revolved around. 

Shepard Fairey stole "OBEY." from John Carpenter's 1988 movie, "They Live." At the time, augmented reality didn't exist, but that's kind of what Rowdy Roddy Piper's characters glasses did when they revealed the propaganda hiding in plain sight around him. In our first project, See Beneath the Surface, we want to do the same thing by finding ways to carry truths with us in a hidden way. We're utilizing augmented reality tools from our app developing friends at Artivive. They've created a fantastic platform for artists to develop augmented art and we're thankful that we've been able to use it. 

Wear your truth, even if you don’t show it.

About the Collective

Short for "No_System", we want to challenge power structures and the norms people have grown in. To quote Thomas Jefferson,

"Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear."

Our art is a way to challenge the world and embrace truths.

While challenging, our goal is also to find ways that what we create can put art into the world that creates agency for people. We want to be able to use our art and tools to give people power and give them ways, however small, to feel better about themselves.

As a collective, we're a small group of motion designers, concept artists, illustrators and designers who have spent most of our time making for others. No_Sys is our opportunity to create art and shape the world in our own way.

About the designers:

Brian Behm, who founded the No_Sys collective and designed, animated and composed the first pieces has a background in design and visual effects. For seven years he helped build the art department at Rooster Teeth Productions and was involved in everything from shirts to DVDs to vfx for shorts and films and designing and printing posters in the maker space he built at the studio. He also recorded music for multiple productions and played smooth jazz on a relationship talk show. He's a multi-hyphenate artist. In 2018 he left to freelance fulltime and has been working on building this project as an outlet for our upcoming art.