Following the success of her most recent collaboration with Lanvin for their FW18 ready-to-wear collection, Techism founder Krista Kim continues to break the mold of artist expression. In an era of 'digital disruption', where our self worth has become increasingly linked to our appearance on social media, her work aims to harness the power of technology and innovation to create a more empathetic and connected society. Basking in the glow of her algorithmic gradients and color fields, Kim asks her audience to consider the relationships we have with the technology and screens that so readily influence our everyday lives.
Your recent collaboration with Lanvin is absolutely amazing. How was it working with textiles in mind as opposed to your traditional works?
Thank you for the kind compliment. My work is always a process of researching the leading
edge of digital technology as a medium. The textiles that we used were sourced by designer
Olivier Lapidus, through his background in tech-fabrics and relationship with courtier textile
suppliers. A new fabric of the collection is silk neoprene, and the latest digital printing
technology to produce this neo-modern collection. Techism artwork, design, technology and
What was the process like of selecting the works that inspired the pieces in the collection?
The five artworks that Olivier Lapidus selected for LANVIN were from my portfolio. I created
one new artwork, No. 33 v.65, for the selection, but the other four pieces were selected from my
portfolio dating between 2016 and 2017. LANVIN selected the pieces based on the traditional
color palette of the house of LANVIN, namely gold, red, beige, grey, black and blue. Their
selection of the artworks were based on the seasonal colors and traditional color palette of
The collaboration seemed like a very natural pairing of your work with garments - is fashion a direction we could expect to see more of in the future?
Thank you, I truly love the collection and the outcome is amazing. This Lanvin collaboration has
influenced the new digital gradient trend in fashion, and you can see it in the new
spring/summer 2019 collections of Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Prada. I am open to pursuing
fashion-related collaborations and projects, only if it is congruent with my values and
What is it that drew you to working with light as a medium?
Light is the new ink. Light is the new medium of digital communication through our screens. It is
only natural, in our age of digital disruption and prominence of digital as our new nature; an
extension of our environment that has changed our aesthetic tastes and the extension of human
consciousness. I am simply expressing what it means to be human in the digital age, and to
push the boundaries of artistic mediums and expression. We are shifting from analogue to
digital and my artistic expression is in direct relation to this experience.
In your manifesto, you mention that we are in a transitional phase in art history between classic forms of expression like painting and sculpting, and where we find ourselves today with new digital tools and resources. How do you see your work fitting into that space?
Our 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 narcissistic and egocentric society that is lacking in humanity and connection. It is our very "connectedness" on social media platforms that is diminishing
real human connection.
Techism is a movement that recognizes technological innovation as an artistic medium, and
encourages artists to promote digital humanism in the formation of culture. Collaboration, co-
creation and dialogue with engineers and technology specialists is key to this movement,
because we are in a transition phase between the institutionalized “painting and sculpture”
tradition of artistic expression, into digital.
Freedom of thought, individualism and equality in a future of digital disruption and technological
advancement is important for the future of humanity. I recognize the unique challenges that
society will face from social media platforms, algorithms and AI in this new and unchartered
future and we choose to express connectedness, humanity and transcendence at the forefront
of technological innovation through collaboration, dialogue and freedom of expression.
Our future is unknown, but we are aware that hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested
in Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, brain computer interfaces and the opening of the space
frontier. The importance of Techism, and its influence on humanity is crucial, now.
It is imperative that companies who are ushering in this new civilization such as Facebook,
Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, and Neuralink, recognize the importance of creative human
expression, and support the Techism movement for the preservation of a free-thinking society,
and cognitive transcendence of highly organized and complex digital constructs that will connect
human consciousness on a level that will forever transform our world and human existence.
Empathy, humanity and rational free-thought must thrive in our future.
What role do you see “the artist” playing while tech and innovation continue to progress, but so too does the negative impact that the same technology can have on culture?
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
A lot of the ideas behind Techism and progressing our means of expression forward have to do with need for collaboration between artists and innovators. What do you think other aspects of the art industry, such as galleries and curators can do (or are doing) to also help facilitate that collaboration?
I believe artists, tech companies, and the art world must recognize and facilitate the need for
this dialogue to exist, and to create collaborative art programs and art initiatives. Bringing artists
without tech experience together with tech engineers or specialists will lead to the next
innovation of digital human expression. Large scale public installations and exhibitions at
museums and galleries will have great impact and inspire culture. People want to see more
because it is zeitgeist and an expression of digital humanity.