- An artistic approach in which technology is utilized as a means to express emotional experience.
- A 21st century artistic and social movement.
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.
Techspressionism is introduced as a new art-historical term to describe fine artists using digital technology to convey subjective, emotional content.
Techspressionism distinguishes expressive fine art from such genres as “digital art,” which can include animated movies, and video games, as well as from “new media” works that do not embody convincing artistic intent.
The subjective lens of the individual artist (rather than the product of a corporate studio) is what connects Techspressionism to its predecessor, Expressionism. Expressionists presented the world from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically in order to evoke moods or ideas, seeking to express their emotional experience rather than physical reality.
A core group of artists have begun working together to develop momentum for the adoption of the term Techspressionism into common usage. We meet biweekly at our Techspressionist Salon artist meetups on Zoom to discuss art and technology. Further information on the origins of the term Techspressionism is available here.
The Techspressionist Manifesto, a document that draws inspiration from artistic manifestos of the past (including Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto and Breton’s Surrealist Manifesto) is a open-ended document subject to ongoing revisions from group members.
We encourage artists who identify with the approach of using technology as a means to express emotional experience to self-identify as Techspressionists by including the hashtag #techspressionism on Instagram and other social media platforms.
We are actively reviewing images using the hashtag on Instagram and reposting a curated selection of these works to the official @techspressionism Instagram account. Artists whose work is reposted are invited to be included in an online index of Techspressionist visual artists.