Thinkism Manifesto (2001)

by David Kam
12th September 2001

Thinkism - David Kam(founded Sept. 12, 2001 and updated Aug. 17, 2010)

The birth of the socially conscious art movement

More Powerful and Significant Art Needed

The events of September 11, 2001 has brought profound change to the world around us. Society is changing rapidly. The world is on the brink of disaster that is caused by geo-political and industrial man-made forces. Numerous animal and plant species are facing extinction, we have: war, terrorism, biological terror, rising crime, climate changes, poverty, pollution, prejudices, hate, and other complex issues. This is suppose to produce powerful art. What do we get? Most of the world’s artist are producing attractive wall paintings, and decoration art. This type of art lacks great significance and importance. Art can be more than mere decorations on a wall. Art is a record of mankind, what we think and felt about the world. Without art we would not have any idea what the past was like. The political, economic, and social situation of the world should be intelligently reflected in all arts. The movie, television, and entertainment industry has done a great job of giving us a birds eye view of the world; it can also thrust us into an emotional roller coaster ride by bringing us to tears, uplifting us with joy, giving us hope, generating excitement, and wonder. However, the recent fine art sector has been lacking in producing powerful, and awe-inspiring impressions. We get recycled art, following along historical lines. Art as mere wall decorations do not enrich our minds or stir our souls. The Thinkism art movement plans change all this.

The New Thinkism Art Movement

The essence behind the Thinkism art movement is that art can be used to enrich the mind, and to feed the soul. Thinkism art is not used to decorate walls, but to bring various social issues to light. Thinkism art explores man’s (woman’s) relationship to the world, the world’s relationship to man (woman), and man’s (woman’s) relationship to each other. Some people may view Thinkism art as “protest art” or “Freudian art”, however, the issues runs deeper. The Thinkism art movement is the fused with other disciplines; different social issues, philosophical issues, political issues, environmental issues, psychological issues, religious issues, and other complex matters are explored in this new art movement.

Art as a Vehicle for Social Change

Art can even go further than enriching the mind, and feeding the soul. Art itself can become a vehicle for positive social change. Besides launching the Thinkism art movement, I have formed the IMAGINE NATION to bring positive social change to the world. The funding of the IMAGINE NATION will come from Thinkism Art sales. Proceeds collected from the Thinkism art sales will go to fund various social issues, such as poverty, teenage depression, protection of endanger species, and other worthwhile causes. In this manner, the Thinkism artist, and Thinkism art can become a vehicle for active social change. Not only does Thinkism art make people think, but it also benefits society.

Summary

Thinkism is an ideological art movement launched by David Kam in Montreal 2001, to create socially conscious art. Thinkism invokes the viewer to think about different social issues, philosophical issues, political issues, environmental issues, psychological issues, religious issues, and other complex matters in a different light. Often Thinkism art is married with philosophy; great thinkers such as Aristotle, Freud, and Einstein come to mind when you see Thinkism art. Like poetry in motion, Thinkism art injects fragments of wisdom into the creator’s artwork. I think, therefore I am. The goal of the Thinkism art movement is to move art away from being stale wall decorations; art is transformed into a rich source of food to feed your mind, and quench your soul. Participants of the Thinkism movement are hereby called Thinkers. Thinkers, as the name implies, are deep thinkers, and actively creates meaning in art. Thinkism art often incorporates symbols, and modern everyday items into the art piece. The Thinkism artist is not afraid of technology, commercialization or change, but embrace it with curiosity and reluctant acceptance. Some Thinkism art may look like pop art, but will likely involve a cerebral twist. Thinkism may also use simplified drawings, and sculptures to make complex matters easier to understand. Thinkism art is not shy to employ different elements in various combinations to stimulate the sense of sight, taste, smell, hearing, touch, and intuition. Thinkism is a refreshing contrast to abstract art, and realism. With the increasing spread of globalization, the world is becoming a smaller place. Thinkism art attempts to explore man’s (woman’s) relationship to the world, the world’s relationship to man (woman), and man’s (woman’s) relationship to each other. The Thinkism manifesto show us an alternative philosophy.

The Launch of Thinkism

It is from Montreal that I proudly launch to the world this deep, and impactful manifesto of mine. With this, today, I hereby establish Thinkism. I wish to free the minds of the world from the bondage of outdated ideas, and to find a deeper meaning in life. Whether you are a politician, a lawyer, a banker, a philosopher, a student, a housewife, an anthropologist, a pharmacist or whatever your occupation, you can be set free. Even occupational labels confine you, so away with labels. However, the people participating in the Thinkism movement, I hereby call them Thinkers. Art can be meaningful beyond words, beyond culture, and beyond language. Thinkism art is timeless, and will be easy for future generations to understand. Paintings and art can be more than decoration on a wall, but can be a beacon of light to brighten up your mind, to guide your soul, and much more. Art is not just for the patrons of a museum. Art is for everyone to enjoy, and enjoy it you will. Why replicate a picture, as in Realism, when a digital camera can do it better? A camera cannot however replicate your soul. A camera does not have imagination by itself, only a person has. Why decorate walls, when you can enrich the mind, and to feed the soul? Thinkism art is not for the dead, but for the living, so take a breathe of fresh air and say how good it is to be alive. Thinkism art is nothing like still life, because your mind, and soul is never still. Thinkism art is not about the past, but about the present, and things to come. Thinkism art invites you to think about the way you are living now, and about the way you want to live in the future. So after viewing Thinkism art, take a walk in the park, and enjoy your newfound freedom. Thinkism is about courage, love of challenge, mind enrichment, soul searching, simplicity at its finest, refreshingly fresh, energetic, dangerously loving, and revolutionary. Thinkism is like opening a door to a caged bird, and setting it free. Open up your heart, minds, and soul. Set yourself free!

The Thinkism Art of David Kam

Currently, the issues being explored by me in my Thinkism art includes: love, freedom, racism, gun control, the universe, the resilience of nature, freedom, liberty, the metamorphosis of people, computers in society, the Internet, television advertising on children, energy, dominance of multi-national corporations, globalization, money, the dot com corporations, animals facing extinction, terrorism, fashion in society, the role of money in society, the fine line between advertising and false advertising, food in society, and sex in society.

The Thinkism Movement

I plan to bring leading musical artist, performance artists, painters, sculptures, philosophers, writers, environmentalist, and other thinkers together to fuel the Thinkism movement. A web site will be created called www.Thinkism.org, so people can have a common meeting place to discuss about the different issues of the day, to exchange information, and to display their works. Works sold through he web site will used to pay for the development of the site, and for group activities. Off-line group activities will include conferences, picnics, coffee shop get togethers, joint exhibitions, and other activities to build the movement. This movement will be tied into projects focusing on various social issues.

Who is David Kam?

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1964, I am a child of the information age. I graduated from industrial engineering; I also studied fashion design. I have been actively involved, since 1996 in the development of the Internet, holding 3 patents pending inventions, involving technology, and the Internet. Also, I am the owner of the E=MC², and the “Mind OVER Matter” trademark. Since 1996, I have been involved in industrial, and commercial design, which designs have won numerous international awards, and honors. However, I see all of the above as tools, no different than from a spoon to scoop soup.

How Thinkism Was Founded?

Thinkism art was founded by me to free the minds of the world from the bondage of outdated ideas, and to find a deeper meaning in life. Whether you are a politician, a lawyer, a banker, a philosopher, a student, a housewife, an anthropologist, a pharmacist or whatever your occupation, I believe that you can be set free. Paintings and art can be more than decorations on a wall; art can be a beacon of light to brighten up your mind, to guide your soul, and much more. Art is not just for the patrons of a museum. Thinkism art is for everyone to enjoy, and enjoy it you will. Thinkism art is not for the dead, but for the living, so take a breathe of fresh air and say how good it is to be alive. Thinkism art is nothing like still life, because your mind, and soul is never still. Thinkism art is not about the past, but about the present, and things to come. Thinkism art invites you to think about the way you are living now, and about the way you want to live in the future. So after viewing Thinkism art, take a walk in the park, and enjoy your newfound freedom. Thinkism art was inspired by setbacks in my life. This caused him to search for a deeper meaning about life. Tragedies that affected him deeply, include my personal financial set-back, the death of my father, the death of my God sister’s whole family in a plane crash, and world events, such as 911 (planes crashing into the World Trade Center). Other events that affected me deeply included a visit to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. exhibition in Atlanta, Georgia. A particular quote was burnt into the corners of my mind: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What impressed me was the idea that an ordinary person can become a catalyst for positive social change. This was the foundation of my idea that art itself can empower positive social change. The creation of the Thinkism art movement is to use art to empower individuals to think about their own life in relationship to themselves, toward others, and towards the world. Hopefully this examination will help the viewer work towards positive changes for themselves, towards others, towards the environment, and towards society. This is the birth of Thinkism, the socially conscious art movement. Art that makes you think! I hope that Thinkism art will open up your hearts, minds, and souls, to set you free. Be free.


Source: http://thinkism.org

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