Transformationalism is a concept to describe contemporary art as it develops around the millennial-shift.
Cutting a piece of the soul of the artist, and the world with a double-edged sword is the most precise definition of Transformationalism. One single expression that, in an alchemistical way, conveys a condensed aesthetical appearance. A visual phrase is transforming human feelings, thoughts, and currents of society into a general expression. A contemporary picture around the millennial should be mirroring a culture of eternal transformation. The development of new inventions has never been running as fast as now. The world is changing drastically with the latest generation as divine rulers, seeking a new green plan. The millennials are learning to take action already as children, and don't respect tradition and authorities like the previous generations. The social structure transforms more and more into virtual relationships, which accused of the Corona crisis, which may escalate and change people's social habits radically. We are physically separated more than ever, but mentally, we have got closer to each other. The form is transforming us completely. In the old days, you didn't have the opportunity, nor the talent to explain yourself in front of others. No one had the patience to listen to you. Today we interact with each other through an electronic platform, where everybody can express whatever they think and make friendships. It affects our way of thinking and our existence, and as a worst-case scenario, human contact in groups reduced to a few-times-a-year event. That would certainly be a complete transformation of the human being, who always have been driven by sexual drives and needs of being touched physically.
This argument alone explains the need for a new ism called: TRANSFORMATIONALISM.
The word covers exactly the contemporary culture of these years around the millennial and is the paint-method is transformative in it's persuasive, existentialistic, and spiritual structure as well.
It depends on the artist's empathically and perceptive aesthetically skills to express both the self and the surrounding world in one solo imagination. The artist catching the cultural trends in the picture is almost compare-able with a visual vizard creating artworks intuitively, where each of them has amounts of subtle content, which may be even more real than what you can put on words. Authentic transformational Painting has a genie effect. The artist will often paint what is just about to come. The amount of energy and focus on the subject is compare-able with Aladin that polishes the lamp spirit. That's the same apodictically magic, which changes from an ordinary person into becoming an artist.
I am introducing phenomena above the millennium generation I've invented to describe the time, we are living in. I call it: "MILLENNIAL ART" - A contemporary reflective point of view on art. Millinnealists came to the world in the time counting approx 1978 - 2004, and thus this is the ruling generation right now, the youngsters! Those who set the norms for the culture, and thus the art should represent them as well. But having the existing phenomena: "Contemporary art", shouldn't that be covering our time? Maybe, but anyway I think the descriptive form: Contemporary art is very abstract in its form, and leaves me with one big: Contemporary what? To embrace everything in one big category named: "Contemporary" leaves me with everything as good as nothing. I feel the need for something about this generation to reflect on. Who are they - These "Millinnialists" - the generation Y? what moves them and how is our globe developing with them leading?
I was born in 1967 and during my teenage years, the computer appeared in our cultural landscape, first with public game-machines, which little by little developed a true gamer culture, where friends crowded together with their coins and cigarettes in certain halls or grill-bars, where these machines were placed.
I hated this unstoppable machine culture and feared the consequences of the future human being. I saw human children formed as part of the machines in a figure of boxes. - Well --- Observing my 13-year-old kid today, who should give me all answers on previous worries - Hmmm! Was I right or was I wrong? Were all my worries in wain, it would be because I simply hadn't sufficient imagination to imagine a life, where man and machine are integrated units and still happy, but never the less, that seems to be our reality today.
So I was wrong in my fearing these computer's impact on human life, but still, I will not bove over and consider machines capable of any kind of sensibility or feeling. The need to being physically together with other people is an eternal heritage, that you won't ever change, and surely it's one of the eternal themes, that you as an artist always will be able to touch every generation with. Only is it important to observe in which circumstances these themes perform? The fundamental human needs are still the same, it's moreover the circumstances one has to focus on additively. For instance, changed habits and behavior accordingly with the ethical correctness and environment or not less: Climate changes, which has become the greatest headline right now.
To navigate in all present circumstances, that could affect the content in an artwork, I find it useful to establish an overview board with headlines, describing the culture of the Millinnealists:
SOME HEADLINES FOR THE MILLENNIALS:
The list of themes from the millennium years is enormous and extends for every day remarkably. Being a contemporary artist to reflect or react to all these themes is exceptionally challenging. What convinced me yesterday, confuses me tomorrow, because everything is transforming all the time.
The Millennials were born into a world of technological change.
The space around the earth gets bigger.
There may be other planets with the basis for life.
Aliens and monsters become part of the new reality.
The female liberation changes the balance between the man and the woman.
As with any turn of a century: The problem of "Theo-dice."
Religious wars and terrorism rule the millennium shift.
Human being life is longer than before.
People get older
The sexual liberation opens up for a unisex culture.
The equality between all races is conditional for the multiculturalism.
Religion defines culture remarkably.
The liberation of religion in European culture results in cultural confusion, where everybody is free to believe, whatever they want.
The fall of the Berlin wall and the end of the cold war establish a new view on the world.
AS we travel more accessible and more often than before, and through electronic media are able to see, hear and research everything, the world got smaller
The contemporary cultural center moves from Paris to New York.
The internet changes the world radically and creates a new world.
Information becomes the most potent issue in the modern world.
The industrialized society has destroyed so much that the millennials necessarily had to be a life-changing generation, trying to save the world.
Recycling becomes an ideal for a CO2 neutral world.
Everybody has a mobile phone and a computer.
There are apps to everything.
Man has always dreamt of being able to fly. Now you have drones.
3d printers will open up new opportunities for creating further appearances.
While we always feared the third world war, atomic bombs, and doomsday, we were surprised by the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic. We had not prepared for that and didn't realize what damage a virus could do before it was late.
This Corona crisis forced us to isolate ourselves as much as possible, and the consequences of our social and public behavior will undoubtedly be affected by this experience in the future. The transformational development of the human being is enormously, and challenging for the contemporary art. It should be the artists most vital task to tell the story that they are part of themselves. That is the gift that we can give to the coming generations, letting them know how it was like to live in our time.