experimentalism

noun
ex·​per·​i·​men·​tal·​ism | \ ik-ˌsper-ə-ˈmen-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce experimentalism (audio) also -ˌspir- \

Definition of experimentalism

: reliance on or advocacy of experimental or empirical principles and procedures specifically : instrumentalism

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Recent Examples on the Web Rooftop at Pier 17, South Street Seaport Janelle Monáe Pop’s major avatar of digital-age experimentalism and sci-fi fantasy, Monáe has gone from Afrofuturist dreamer to Hollywood star, while holding onto her visionary streak. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Afropunk and 8 Other Outdoor Concerts to Put on the Calendar," 22 Aug. 2019 The rest of the nine-track album pushes to new extremities of silence, slowness, and experimentalism. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "FKA Twigs Deconstructs the Private Show," 8 Nov. 2019 While visual arts, dance, and theater tend to be open to experimentalism, classical music is generally less keen on innovation; orchestra repertoires across the world consistently recycle the works of composers who are long dead. Maya Chung, The New York Review of Books, "When Women Take the Baton," 26 Mar. 2019 The song’s experimentalism is out of this world, but its solar flair is grounded by the earthiness of the instrumentation. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "BTS' 50 Best Songs: Critics' Picks," 12 June 2018 As the group records an album, Frank’s experimentalism inspires Jon in new ways, and tensions rise between Jon and his feisty bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Lover for a Day’ and ‘Operation Odessa’," 31 Mar. 2018 As warm weather and weekend one of Coachella kicked off with a sartorial bang, fashion’s favorite faces sported sunny looks offset with a dash of experimentalism. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 10 Best Beauty Looks: Week of April 17, 2018," 17 Apr. 2018 Vijay Iyer’s avant-garde excursions borrow from Monk’s percussive experimentalism. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Thelonious Monk's Quiet, Slow Conquest of the World," 18 Oct. 2017 Even the experimentalism of Nancy White’s Bazaar in the ’60s had dissipated—in part due to changes in the business of fashion magazines in the ’70s and ’80s, and in part due to the times. Stephen Mooallem, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Legend of Liz Tilberis —One of Bazaar’s Best," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of experimentalism

circa 1834, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for experimentalism

experimental + -ism

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“Experimentalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/experimentalism. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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