Vasily Betin

My name is Vasily. Yes, this is also my nickname.

Symbiosis with entropy and uncertainty to create.

I am an entropy artist, New Media director of "Sokaris studio," educator, and Founder of LiaisonDAO (you will hear more about it soon). My main area of interest is self-organized systems, such as the environment, society, Technium, our body, or any complex object. So, can say everything.

My story is relatively short but with an extensive scope of experience. With a background in mathematics and computer science, a master's degree in cinema studies. Full-time work as a photographer, developer, designer, and new media artist.
I have a chance to:

  • To be published in fashion and art magazines. Show my works at the fashion week and some international awards as a photographer.
  • Produce video content and interactive installations for the brands such as Nike, Swatch, Adidas, Lincoln, and many more.
  • Exhibit my works at Shanghai Art Fair, Dubai 2022, and some international art festivals.
  • Produce permanent installations for the commercial and public spaces. Such as malls, restaurants, and bars, cities, forests.
  • Design and develop complex media systems for the entertainment spaces.
  • Teach new generations of artists at the "Technoetic arts" department in Shanghai DeTao Academy. And much more of them with a series of my video tutorials.

While building complex, large-scale installations for clients, I prefer to work on the most straightforward machines and conceptual projects in my spare time to better understand ourselves. I enjoy thinking and experimenting. My diverse experience allows me to see objects and events from many perspectives and find hidden connections between them.

I believe in a more promising future. I know that this future will not come without our hard work. In a world where every person has talent and opportunities, he must apply for the common interest.

I trust evolution, but evolution not with our bodies but with our minds. Augmentation with information is the faster and most efficient way. We don't need implants or sensors to get more. The processing power of our minds already limited us. The best way to augment my experience is through knowledge and attention. Acquiring new concepts can unfold new perspectives on the world. Paying more attention will highlight underlying relations.

Every perspective has its right to live. We can't be sure about the truth in a world of over 7 billion (if we count only the human-centered) points of view. While I doubt the existence of reality, how could I be sure what the economic or political system is better and what causes the global events? I believe all perspectives should be heard but also should be questioned. Some have more significant probabilities and more sense regarding the limited available information. We are living in a world of probability space.

I see the world as an evolution tree. But in my case, there is an infinite forest. In which evolutions intersect and converge in the current moment. We have the evolution of biological life, the evolution of ideas and memes, and the evolution of technology, information, and complexity. Each of these trees spreads in different directions. And the more backward we try to trace them, the more branches will unfold.

I experience a world full of agency and causality. Where everything has an active role and causes the effect. I believe in a world where we should be open to experience, curious, and desire this knowledge. The world where we treat other human and non-human agents as equal. The flexible world that can adapt and survive. Not corrupt and decaying with the inert and nonflexible institutions we have now. The world where we trust ourselves and others. We allow the entropy and complexity to help us design this new order.


    Master's degree in art. “Drama, Film and television studies”. Chongqing University. Meishi academy
    Computer science. Komsomolsk-on-Amur State Technical University, Russia.

Major group show

  •     2011 "Black and White Portrait ", Khabarovsk, Russia (photography)
  •     2013 The 24th China Photography Exhibition (photography)
  •     2015 “Aging Dragons”, Seul, South Korea (photography)
  •     2016 “Unofficial realms. Vol1”, Shanghai, China (cinematography)
  •     2016 "Fantasy: Flat design and digital art“, LP ArtSpace, Chongqing, China. (interactive installation)
  •     2017 “Urban Phobias”, Sculpture museum, “Red Town”, Shanghai, China (interactive installation)
  •     2017 “Life.Death.Transition”, Tongji University museum, Shanghai, China. (interactive environment)
  •     2017 “Hashtag” future art festival, Art Center, Chongqing, China (light installations, experimental video, generative video, interactive environment)
  •     2018 Second Chinese Visual Art Biennial, GuanYao (generative painting, generative video)
  •     2019 Wuhan Liang You Redtown international Art Season, 2019 (photography)
  •     2019 “Lu Garden” exhibition at Modern Art Museum of Shanghai. “Transit” (immersive interactive environment) Collaboration with Shu.
  •     2020 “Under the Rock” group exhibition, MUSE&uM Shanghai, (Polaroid series)
  •     2020 "Hyperscreen" Virtual Media Art Festival (live coding performance)
  •     2020 "Path to enchanting seclution", Shanghai Xinqiao art museum (interactive installation, video 1, video 2)
  •     2020 NuerlPS conference, selection of artworks produced with use of AI
  •     2021 Antonyms ActOnioon, ifaGallery, Shanghai, China.  (interactive AR)

Solo shows

  •     12.2016 “伴/Friends”, Chongqing, China (portrait photography)
  •     2020 "OUTWARD", double solo show, No.Name Residency, Shanghai.
  •     2022 "Polaroids" online exhibition

Major collaboration show

  •     2012 “The Passion of Joan d'Arc”. Joint Project with the designer of clothes Elena Rudermel. Khabarovsk, Russia. (photography)
  •     2017 “SPACE”, audio-visual performance, O Art Center, Shanghai (generative visuals, light, performance) 1, 2, 3
  •     2018 “THEOTOMY”, multimedia performance, O Art Center, Shanghai. (set design, visual and light support and projection mapping)
  •     2018 “From Nothing” Audio-visual performance with L~N at JPL museum, Chengdu
  •     2018 “Ash Whisper” at Wuzhen Theatre festival (set design, visual design, light)
  •     2018 “Floating stones” performance at Duolun contemporary art museum, Shanghai (set design and light)
  •     2019 “Voice of cohesion of urbanity” performance at Wuhan Liang You Redtown international Art Season, 2019 (generative visuals)
  •     2019 “Pietra Grezza” audio visual performance and sound sculpture. HOW art museum, Shanghai (set design, generative visuals)
  •     2019 “Time of Tribes”, performance at Duolun contemporary art museum, Shanghai (set design and visual)
  •     2019 “咱们”, pop-up exhibition at Shanghai. (conceptual art, interactive installation, performance art) 1, 2, 3, 4
  •     2019 “Materialism”, cyber-sound performance. (interactive sound installation, live performance)
  •     2021 "Devine comedy", AI text and visual generation (interactive, performance)



  •    2021 UMWELT online/offline exhibition. 

Commissioned/Commercial works:

  •     2017 “Adidas TOS”, Guangzhou. (light installation)
  •     2017 “Day/night” at JiangWan Stadium metro station (interactive screen)
  •     2018 “Swatch” concept design, light design and opening animation.
  •     2018 “Water curtain” interactive wall at 1862 Theater, Shanghai
  •     2018 “Renaissance” and “Klymt” interactive experience , Guzngzhou, Shanghai
  •     2018 “Shanghai Art Fair”, Faceless (AI based alive environment)
  •     2018 “World Artificial Intelligence Conference” in Shanghai. (Interactive light matrix)
  •     2018 “Russel Young” exhibition at Modern Art Museum, Shanghai (interactive photo area and concept)
  •     2018 “M1RO”, 361 product launch (interactive video and light, animation and projection mapping)
  •     2019 “Flow of Life”, exhibition at M50 for DUPONT, Interactive water curtain
  •     2019 “Frozen time”, Interactive wall at Xian festival
  •     2019 “Enlightment” Interactive immersive theater. MWoods museum (木木美术馆), Beijing (interactive environment, light)
  •     2020 “Color Your Smile”, Interactive installation. Shanghai, East Nanjing road for Urban Art United.
  •     2021 Lincoln light installation, Shanghai auto show.
  •     2021   Interactive installation for Dubai Expo
  •     2021   "Above the time" interactive digital work for DingYi.

Awards and Grants

  •     2002 A silver medalist of the international exhibition of children's art in Japan
  •     2013 “Leica Oscar Barnak Award” short-list. International documentary photography award.
  •     2014 The Best of Russia, finalist of “best Russian documentary photographer”
  •     2018 “Excellence Award” from “Life Geek” new media competition for interactive work “Playing with light”
  •     2020 "Future Mars Life" Design Competition, Winner in "Public Art and Installation"