“Each age finds its own technique”.

– Jackson Pollock

techspressionism

/tek-spresh-uh-niz-uh m/

  1. An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience. (Wikipedia)
  2. A 21st century artistic and social movement (WIRED)

ROOT WORDS  (source: Oxford Dictionaries):

expressionism: A style of painting, music, or drama in which the artist or writer seeks to express emotional experience rather than impressions of the external world.
technology :The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.

“You’re a Techspressionist when you say you are”.

INTRODUCING TECHSPRESSIONISM

In 1928, ruminating on the rapid pace and profound nature of change in the twentieth century, the French poet and philosopher Paul Valéry wrote: “We must expect great innovations to transform the entire technique of the arts, thereby affecting artistic invention itself and perhaps even bringing about an amazing change in our very notion of art.” This prediction so impressed the cultural critic Walter Benjamin that he used it as the epigraph of his famous 1935 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of its Technological Reproducibility” (as it was originally titled). These writers and others were pondering the same issues that face the artists who now, nearly a century later, self-identify as Techspressionists.

Thanks to digital technologies and the Internet, works of art have become, in Valéry’s formulation, ubiquitous; as he foresaw, “We shall only have to summon them and there they will be.” This level of accessibility requires us to adopt and accept new attitudes toward creative expression. As Benjamin observed, the debate regarding the artistic validity of new media, begun with photography and cinema in the late nineteenth century, centers on the so-called aura of the singular work of art. And the aura of uniqueness remains powerful. Yet a digitally-generated artwork is not a reproduction in the conventional sense—that is, a copy of something else—though it can be, and often is, reproduced in multiples that are indistinguishable one from another.

Hand-made versus mechanical. One-off versus duplication. Such binaries ultimately resolve in light of the works of art themselves. By whatever technique it’s created, Techspressionist imagery generates its own aura, deriving its authenticity from the artist’s intention. Expression is paramount; technology is merely the delivery system. Jackson Pollock faced a similar concern. Frustrated by the focus on his materials and methods rather than the content of his paintings, he insisted, “It doesn’t make much difference how the paint is put on as long as something is being said. Technique is just a means of arriving at a statement.”

Helen A. Harrison
Director, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center
June 2022

Photo ©2022 Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond opening reception at Southampton Arts Center, April 23, 2022.
Pictured artists (left to right): Diane Marsella, Carter Hodgkin, Renata Janiszewska (on iPad), Darcy Gerbarg, Mary Boochever, Tommy Mintz, Verneda Lights, Tom Dunn (SAC Executive Director), Nina Sobell, Roy Nicholson, Nina Yankowitz, Roz Dimon, Colin Goldberg, ScoJo, Steve Miller, Patrick Lichty, Tali Hinkis (kneeling), Christine Sciulli (kneeling), John Zieman (back row), Kyle Lapidus, Mary Ann Strandell, Holly Gordon, Michael Rees (back row) Dalton Portella (kneeling), Joe Diamond (SAC General Manager), Dan Welden, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Anne Spalter, Gregory Little. Artworks behind group by Frank Gillette. Photo ©2022 Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com

LAST SALON

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We will sign on, and each briefly (30 -60 seconds) say what we plan to work on. Then we work for 1 hour. After 1 hour we have the option to briefly share what we did. Total session 1.5 hours.
Please take the survey below to help us form our groups. We may make multiple groups, so as to accommodate as many time zones and work/personal schedules as possible.

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CURATORS IN CONVERSATION

Techspressionism: Curators in Conversation with Christiane Paul and Helen A. Harrison is the first of a series of Roundtable Discussions created by Techspressionist artists. This conversation is a discussion focusing of Techspressionism as it relates to art-historical movements of the past as well as to digital art at large.

Christiane Paul is Curator of Digital Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art as well as Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School. She is the recipient of the Thoma Foundation’s 2016 Arts Writing Award in Digital Art, and her books are A Companion to Digital Art (Blackwell-Wiley, May 2016); Digital Art (Thames and Hudson, 2003, 2008, 2015, 2023); Context Providers – Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts (Intellect, 2011; Chinese edition, 2012); and New Media in the White Cube and Beyond (UC Press, 2008). At the Whitney Museum she curated exhibitions including Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art 1965 – 2018 (2018/19), Cory Arcangel: Pro Tools (2011) and Profiling (2007), and is responsible for artport, the museum’s portal to Internet art.

Helen A. Harrison, a former New York Times art critic and NPR arts commentator, is the director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton, New York. A specialist in modern American art, she has been the curator of the Parrrish Art Museum and Guild Hall Museum and a guest curator at the Queens Museum. Her books include Hamptons Bohemia: Two Centuries of Artists and Writers on the Beach, monographs on Jackson Pollock and Larry Rivers, and three mystery novels set in the New York art world.

Bronx-born artist Colin Goldberg’s work explores the relationship between technology and personal expression. His studio practice bridges multiple disciplines, notably painting and digital media. Goldberg first used the term Techspressionism as the title for a solo exhibition in Southampton NY in 2011, and curated the first large-scale group exhibition of Techspressionist works, Techspressionism: Digital and Beyond at Southampton Arts Center (Southampton NY, 2022).

RECENT VIDEOS

TECHSPRESSIONIST ARTWORKS

Curated by Renata Janiszewska

MONEY 💶 is the topic of Salon 80 on Thursday March 7 at 12 noon ET. Moderated by Renata Janiszewska, please reserve your spot on zoom in advance, 🔗link is in profile.
This is an open mike style salon, to present work please arrive 10 minutes early... $$$$$$$$🪙
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Today’s featured #Techspressionist visual artist:
Ikatch
Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪
@ikatch_
ikatch is a digital activist based in Berlin. "Expressing myself visually has always been important for me, and in the last years I explored new ways of image editing. What really drives me on is the connection between this learning process and
mirroring feelings and thoughts through the outcome."
#techspressionism
@techspressionism.de
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Today’s featured #Techspressionist visual artist:
Ikatch
Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪
@ikatch_
ikatch is a digital activist based in Berlin. "Expressing myself visually has always been important for me, and in the last years I explored new ways of image editing. What really drives me on is the connection between this learning process and
mirroring feelings and thoughts through the outcome."
#techspressionism
@techspressionism.de
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Today’s featured #Techspressionist visual artist:
Ikatch
Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪
@ikatch_
ikatch is a digital activist based in Berlin. "Expressing myself visually has always been important for me, and in the last years I explored new ways of image editing. What really drives me on is the connection between this learning process and
mirroring feelings and thoughts through the outcome."
#techspressionism
@techspressionism.de
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How is art history made? Vivian Lazaridou, a Greek art historian has published her Master's thesis on Techspressionism. Now available for review online: https:// techspressionism.com/writings #techspressionism ...

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Money. 💶 It's the topic of our next #Techspressionist salon on Thursday March 7 at noon ET. Please confirm by arriving 10 minutes early if you wish to present work on this theme. A look at how Techspressionists support their work, or a look at artwork about money, all welcome. Pre-registration required, visit techspressionism.com/salon Artwork by #techspressionist Michael Paulukonis @michaelpaulukonis #capitalistneoexpressionism ...

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Join us on February 1 for a salon on photography, featuring presentations by @leeday.photography @tommymintznyc @leeschnaiberg @cbrubinstudio moderated by Renata Janiszewska @renatajiji_ PREREGISTRATION IS NEEDED, sign up at link in profile on the salon page of #Techpressionism's website.
Salon starts at noon ET 💥📸 now available to view on the TS website and YouTube, link in bio
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Cyberiana is a part of The Wrong Biennale @thewrong.biennale, the pavilion is open to visit. Special thanks David Quiles Guilló, and the entire team at The Wrong for bringing us the 6th digital biennale, and the opportunity to share #techspressionist artworks globally. 🍄🌍 🔗link in bio Artwork: Renata Janiszewska #techspressionism #tscyberiana ...

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Visit Cyberiana, we are open 24/7 Link to the 3-d world is in bio 🍄 Image: Renata Janiszewska @renatajiji_ ...

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Please join us for a special event featuring #Techspressionist artists Malcolm Fernandes @malcolmfernandes.art, Martin
Ostachowski @mlodotart & Michael Pierre Price @mpp_digital_art
_art as they discuss their Cyberiana 3-
d artist studios. Moderator: Stephen Paré
@verbonnet
In the Cyberiana Town Square, 12 noon ET, come join us, we have a 'seating capacity'of 50 avatars! Party to follow 🎉
Access via link in bio 🍄
Artwork: Michael Pierre Price
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Please join us for a special event featuring #Techspressionist artists Malcolm Fernandes @malcolmfernandes.art, Martin
Ostachowski @mlodotart & Michael Pierre Price @mpp_digital_art as they discuss their Cyberiana artist studios. Moderator: Stephen Paré
@verbonnet
In the Cyberiana Town Square, 12 noon ET, come join us, we have a 'seating capacity'of 50 avatars! Party afterward 🎉
Access via link in bio🍄Artwork: Malcolm Fernandes @malcolmfernandes.art
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#techspressionism has reached 70k uses!!! 📣
Many thanks to all who use the tag. It's a very good moment for this community as we continue to grow both online and IRL.
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Please join us for a special event featuring #Techspressionist artists Malcolm Fernandes @malcolmfernandes.art, Martin Ostachowski @mlodotart & Michael Pierre Price @mpp_digital_art as they discuss their Cyberiana 3-d artist studios. Moderator: Stephen Paré @verbonnet
In the Cyberiana Town Square, 12 noon ET, come join us, we have a 'seating capacity'of 50 avatars! Access via link in bio
Artwork: Martin Ostachowski @mlodotart 🌨️
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We are running guided tours of Cyberiana, designed for first time users. Please check times on this post, as one or two may have changed. Access: http://cyberiana.studio or link in bio 🍄
You are all invited to our artist's panel discussion on Saturday January 20, 12 noon ET in the Town Square, followed by a party.🎉 📣Thank you @tommymintznyc @mpp_digital_art, @lucyboydwilson @verbonnet and @colingoldberg for all you do to make this project run.
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Visit Cyberiana, 🔗link in bio 🍄The Wrong biennale has chosen Cyberiana as a pavilion ❤️‍🔥@thewrong.biennale #techspressionism #tscyberiana #techspressionistartist #🍄 ...

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Techspressionism: Cyberiana opens December 30, 2023 All are welcome to the opening party, link in bio 🍄#techspressionism ...

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Techspressionism: Cyberiana opens on December 30 1-4 pm ET in Cyberiana's virtual town square. Come meet the artists and enjoy floating through their 3-D studios. 🍄 Curated by @tommymintznyc @mpp_digital_art @verbonnet @renatajiji_ Home page on the Techspressionism website will have an invitation link.
GIF: Renata Janiszewska @renatajiji_ #techspressionism #tscyberiana
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@leeschnaiberg artist studio for CYBERIANA 2 weeks to launch, almost ready (!!) #techspressionism opening Dec 30, 1-4 pm ET
2023. Web3 without the need for a wallet 80+ Techspressionist artists in one great big virtual space!!
The @lespaceentre are all videos, as are a few of the #RoguePano ...and most will be available on OpenSea, or signed 1/1 prints on recycled aluminum DM @leeschnaiberg for inquiries ...if you purchase before, the pieces will get a red dot 🔴 before the opening
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Sahar Moussavi @saharmoussavi_ Cyberiana artist's studio in progress. Cyberiana opens online December 30, 2023 from 1-4 pm with a party in the Town Square. 🍄 Sahar is a leader of one of Techspressionism's first nodes, Techspressionism Iran @techspressionism.ir #techspressionism #tscyberiana ...

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Cyberiana artist's studio installation view by #techspressionist artist @eegun_ 🍄
Join us in the 3-d world of Cyberiana on December 30, details forthcoming, for the opening of this immersive exhibition by over 75 international #Techspressionists
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Cyberiana artwork upload in process from #techspressionist artist Andrea Miu @miu_._._._
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Today’s featured #Techspressionist visual artist:
Nick Wachs
Hamburg, Germany 🇩🇪
@fluidbodiez
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Fluidbodiez is a visual artist who merges traditional and digital techniques into their own world. How does the fusion of our ongoing reality based on emotions, physical bodies and digital personalities feel? Fluidbodiez is exploring this question with their mixed media practice.

#techspressionism
@techspressionism.de
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Today’s featured #Techspressionist visual artist:
Nick Wachs
Hamburg, Germany 🇩🇪
@fluidbodiez
.

Fluidbodiez is a visual artist who merges traditional and digital techniques into their own world. How does the fusion of our ongoing reality based on emotions, physical bodies and digital personalities feel? Fluidbodiez is exploring this question with their mixed media practice.

#techspressionism
@techspressionism.de
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Today’s featured #Techspressionist visual artist:
Nick Wachs
Hamburg, Germany 🇩🇪
@fluidbodiez
.

Fluidbodiez is a visual artist who merges traditional and digital techniques into their own world. How does the fusion of our ongoing reality based on emotions, physical bodies and digital personalities feel? Fluidbodiez is exploring this question with their mixed media practice.

#techspressionism
@techspressionism.de
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