Welcome to whatisart.org an international non-profit
arts organization sponsored by the Allied Arts
Foundation of Seattle, Washington.
The development of this project began in the year
2000, when artists from Germany and the United states
collaborated together to form the first whatisart.org
collective to pursue a cross-cultural and multi
disciplined collaboration producing Whatisart? and
Whatissound? creating for the global audience an
international lexicon of the art Experience.
The question is not what is art? but how has art been
affected by the impact of technology. Today artists
who were once working in one discipline are finding
new ways to weave other mediums into their final body
of work creating art as an experience and new painted
visions about our technological age. Currently there
are Whatisart? Collectives in Bosnia,China,Czech
Republic,France,Germany,Greece,Japan and The United
States: Seattle, San Francisco, New York
The whatisart.org collective houses mediums such as:
Experimental Sound, Graphic Design, Video, Dance,
painting and sculpture. The Collected influences of
the whatisart collective is that of futurism,
Surrealism and Dadaism producing the new 'ism' in the
fully collaborated Art Experience. It is in the
recontexualization of art that we find the new rhythm.
Whatisart? And WhatisSound?
This is how the artists associted with Whatisart? described themselves on the original Whatisart.org website.
"We are artists trying to find a common language to talk
to each other. We are neither Americans, Europeans or any
other nationality but simple people trying to build a global
community. We do not accept national identities or assume
cultural characteristics; we are simply people trying to
understand each other. We cannot be responsible for our
government's short-term myopia; we choose to believe in the
common decency of all the peoples that populate our individual
collectives. We respect and affirm all our cultural uniqueness
in Visual Art, Performing Art, Music, and Literature and
celebrate our diversity of viewpoints and milieu. We neither
condone nor condemn current geo-political realities, we seek
to understand our differences and celebrate the diversity of
our viewpoints. We do not hate, and we do not seek to encourage
xenophobia in any nation. We want to understand our differences
and seek to find common ground where we can choose to disagree
but respect each unique viewpoint. We believe that people-to-people
contact is the best way for nations to understand and respect each
other. We seek dialog, compassion and understanding."