If we now have a label for this new-millennial culture movement, Miximalism, what exactly does it represent? There are innumerable archetypes to be found in science and technology, fine art, and human behavior—and we’ll explore all of them together.
To begin, let’s talk about art.
Let’s take the example of the blender in your kitchen. The lowest setting of “chop” allows cooks to mix various ingredients and produce a confetti-like product with identifiable evidence of the original elements, while the highest “blend” setting produces a mashed-up puree with a unique texture and color that bears little resemblance to the original ingredients—yet produces a flavor all its own. In the painterly world of art, the process of mixing together equal portions of primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) produces a muddy brown color that bears little resemblance to any of the original colors.
The question becomes, is this muddy brown puree a unique color that is only possible by creating such a blend? And does it have a desirable quality and charm that is all its own? Montage, mashups, multitasking, transmedia, omnimedia, mixed media, mixed mode, mix-downs, remixes, or indeed any of the forms of miximal expression range in color and texture from chopped to blended and produce a range of outcomes that yield jumbled concoctions or transformational blendings with unique qualities found nowhere else.
The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” has never been truer. Miximal art must be not only passively experienced but actively experienced as well. This is probably a great time to suggest that you visit the tabTV video playlists and see examples for yourself.
Various posts in this blog will dive more deeply into the history, technology, legality, and, ultimately, the future of miximal expression, but, for now, the high-level concept is best illustrated by briefly touching on some important examples and definitions so we can connect the pixels, so to speak, before we go too far down any one particular linear path. Be sure to look at the tabTV meMEguide which is a fun and easy guide to the miximal forms.