Right now in downtown Jacksonville, residents have a unique opportunity to see one of the newest art movements on full display. Thanks to the people behind Art Republic, Krista Kim and several other Techism artists are currently showcasing their innovative works on the ninth floor of the 100 N. Laura St. building.
The exhibit is now open to the public, so anyone is welcome to go check it out. If you’re like me, you probably don’t know what “Techism” is or what it means. In order to dig into this new art movement a little more, I asked Krista a few questions about the unique style and what to expect from the show.
Hey Krista. Thanks for helping me put this together. It was a pleasure meeting you last night, and I loved your speech (gave me goosebumps).
Krista: Thank you for coming to the exhibition last night. I appreciate your kind comments about my speech. I really enjoyed the interaction of the public with my work and with the show.
Since Techism is such a new movement in the art world, briefly explain what it’s all about.
Now in 2017, the digital revolution is like no other revolution in history because of its scale and speed of disruption. The adaption of new technology and social media platforms has created sweeping changes in our global culture, and there has never been a more crucial time for artists and philosophers to adapt, to create and to influence culture.
Algorithms are controlling our interactions on social media platforms, and a vast culture of sharing and liking has created an egocentric society that is lacking in humanity and connection. It is our very “connectedness” on social media platforms that is diminishing real human connection.
Artists express humanity in their work. The contribution of art using digital technology will create a more connected and humane culture, which will affect how our society chooses to use and innovate digital technology for the future. It is the demonstration of possibilities and expression of free thought, using digital technology as a tool for humanity that will create a more balanced culture.
When did you first start experimenting with Techism? How did you come up with the terminology?
I wrote the Techism manifesto in 2014. I departed from painting in 2012, after beginning my masters degree in fine art at LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore. I wanted to experiment with light as a medium because I was always on my digital devices and I felt a disconnect with my artistic practice and current communication media. Light is the new ink.
When did you create your first Techism piece, and what was it called?
My first Techism artwork was created in 2014. This was in preparation for my graduation show at LaSalle College of the Arts. My first Techism series is called, “Digital Consciousness.”
How has the art world responded to this new style? Has that perception changed over the years?
The art world has been very receptive to my ideas. Five years ago when I first began experimenting with digital, the digital medium was not taken seriously as an art form. I believe that these perceptions are changing now.
With Jacksonville being the first city to host a Techism-only event, what are your thoughts on the first public exhibit?
The opportunity came to me to work with Jessica Santiago and Art Republic to produce the first Techism exhibition with my friends and fellow artists. I feel that the impact of the show has been very positive, and bringing the show to a city like Jacksonville is a true statement that the movement is universal and will resonate with audiences everywhere.
How did Jessica and Art Republic first begin working with you to bring this movement to Jacksonville?
I was invited by Jessica last year to be a lecturer for Art Republic, and I also exhibited some pieces at her gallery. My lecture was an introduction to the philosophy of Techism, and Jessica agreed with my vision. We have since become close friends, and we discussed the future vision of Art Republic, and she has now created the first global platform to promote the Techism movement.
Tickets to see the exhibit can be purchased here for a mere $10. The gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Nov. 11.
See more photos from the exhibit below (all photos by Brandon Ortiga/Proxymatter):