- Posted December 28, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Impact Your World
WEBISM - 10 years for peace and global consciousness
by Dr. Hans-Georg Türstig
Indologist, Freelance Translator, Author, Artist
Webism is a global and historic art movement founded by Dr. Rodney Chang (Pygoya), USA and Ingrid Kamerbeek, Germany. With this courageous and far sighted move they combined an international group of people who already knew each other in cyberspace where they had been creative together in various ways. More and more Webists join this movement which has the potential to facilitate enormous shifts in the way we create and value art, live our lives and view our existence as a species on this planet and in this universe.
Computers and especially the internet introduced unforeseeable changes into our world, changes that go far beyond communication and accessibility of information. It becomes increasingly obvious that Webism and Webists help to create not just a cyberculture but in a sense a cyberworld, a virtual reality which progressively overlaps with and thus influences our traditional world. This cyberworld is much more flexible and versatile than our physical plane of existence and thus new ideas can be introduced much easier and faster. These web-ideas influence each other with great intensity and speed and eventually seep through into our daily existence.
There are several aspects of Webism that need to be pointed out here. Group creativity on the world wide web transcends languages, cultures, civilizations, nationalities and literally every barrier one can imagine. This creative freedom cannot be suppressed, curbed or limited in any way, and therein lies its great potential to revolutionize not only art but societies and people worldwide. Webism is intrinsically democratic, a move toward independence, freedom, justice, global understanding, friendship and peace. All these great ideas are in a sense already realized, made a reality, by Webists in cyberspace.
Take as one example the Saptakam Project by Hans-Georg Türstig (http://www.digital-artwork.net) . Artists net-work together to create digital artfields of images which expands the way we view the creative process and the concept of art and artist.
What indeed is a piece of digital fine art, created with a computer and relevant software? The original is an invisible digital file, information that can be visualized on a screen or with the help of a print. As each of these are dependant on the particular settings and brand of the screen or printer including ink and paper, the question of an original becomes complex and perhaps irrelevant.
Digital fine art moves us away from a conservative position, where we want to conserve something – and that in a sense is preserving something not alive anymore. Webism focuses instead on the flexibility and speed which the web offers and keeps the ball of art rolling so to speak. Some digital works of art are meant to last in a more traditional sense, e.g. as pieces in off-line exhibitions, others appear on the screen only, a shared inspiration, that doesn’t need to last but nevertheless influences us and moves us towards freedom and peace.
And who is the artist? Certainly the machines and the software play a role, similar to photography, and many persons are involved in the creative process. This in-clusive view can weaken the ex-clusive ego-centric stance of many artists and people, leading them to a deeper understanding of connectivity, that we all – including animals, plants, minerals etc. – are together in this and that we all are more alike than unalike. And this attitude is far more healthy than the traditional and out-dated opposition "we against them", everyone for him- or herself, which breeds hatred and war. The understanding that Webists propagate and live awakens love, friendship and peace.