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A lot of things have happened since the founding of the Thinkism Art Movement with its manifesto more than 10 years ago on the day after 911 (Sept. 12, 2001) by Artist David Kam, as a voice of the Socially Conscious Art Movement.
|Sunflower Seeds by Ai Weiwei|
Ai Weiwei's says, sunflower seeds are a popular Chinese street snack but also hold another meaning for the artist, a political dissident in China. During the Cultural Revolution, propaganda images showed Chairman Mao as the sun and the mass of people as sunflowers turning towards him. Porcelain is almost synonymous with China and, to make his installation, Ai Weiwei has manipulated traditional methods of crafting what has historically been one of China’s most prized exports. The project is designed to make visitors explore the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and consider the geo-politics of cultural and economic exchange today, say curators of the exhibition. Ai Weiwei is one of China’s leading artists and an outspoken cultural and social commentator.LOHAS (LIFESTYLES OF HEATH AND SUSTAINABILITY) & THINKISM The rise of the Thinkism Art Movement comes on the heels of another lifestyle movement, first identified by sociologist Paul H. Ray and psychologist Sherry Ruth Anderson in their ground breaking book "The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World", first published in 2000. Ray and Anderson found that 50 million adult Americans (slightly over one quarter of the adult population) can now be identified as belonging to a group they coined LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability). This nonfiction social sciences and sociology book, which identifies the LOHAS segment population that typically includes many writers, artists, musicians, psychotherapists, feminists, alternative health care providers and other professionals. The LOHAS segment combine a serious focus on spirituality with a strong passion for social activism. They estimated that there were an additional 80–90 million Cultural Creatives in Europe as of 2000. The growth of social activism of the LOHAS movement parallels the development of the Thinkism Art Movement. Artist David Kam has also since become one of the leaders of the LOHAS movement by founding one of the largest green groups called LOHAS on the social network Linkedin. LOHAS has given rise to the popularity of Earth Day, organic foods, hybrid cars, yoga, spiritualism, health food stores, recycling, vitamins, supplements, fair trade goods, and environmental activism. There is now a popular annual LOAHAS FORUM meeting in Boulder, Colorado and is attended by companies such as Google, Coca-Cola Co. and other corporate heavy-hitters. History books may look upon the Thinkism Art Movement with only a passing mention, but its impact will be heartfelt for generations.