Searching for the Coast of Utopia
Exhibit located at the Birth & Death Records Building, 365 South Main Street.
Every stimulus we encounter fuels infinite branches of feelings, reactions, thoughts and associations. From the chaos of raw materials, our brains perceive patterns and direction that form memory, and in turn, memory creates the mind. Our individual essences are creations of our own brains.
The cacophony of our media saturated and hyper-marketed culture has extended and augmented our memories in ways we don’t yet comprehend. Traditional ways of understanding the world, social values and identities have been fractured and transformed.
Searching for the Coast of Utopia reassembles the pulverized rubble of memory, mythology, fairy tales and propaganda that comprise contemporary reality, into a language of gestures varnished with a Hollywood surface, but envisioned by a technique unbounded by the limitations of a genre or discipline.
The gestures, movements, and physical expressions of the inhabitants of Searching for the "Coast of Utopia" are built from the scraps of mid-20th Century mass media, a source that viewers will gradually recognize as the vast reservoir that feeds our current dreams and celebrates a visual language common to us all.
Kasumi is an artist who works in a broad range of media: directing and producing short and feature length experimental films, performing live shows and VJ, creating looping electronic sculptures, designing motion graphics and animated gifs, producing immersive 360 virtual reality pieces and making fine art prints and wearable art through glitch and data moshing.
Her distinctive and personal style has been recognized worldwide. In 2011 she was awarded The John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for her groundbreaking experimental feature film Shockwaves.
Current works-in-progress include wearable electronic art, an app for mobile devices, and four new themed VJ performances.
Previously, Kasumi was a musician who performed twice at Carnegie Hall and who has recorded four LP albums; a designer, illustrator and painter, and a published author. While in Japan, her soundtrack performance of Oginsama was nominated for an Academy award. Her written work includes two published books, over 50 newspaper and magazine articles published worldwide.
Her work and performances enjoy a wide and diverse audience: from Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic to performances with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Spooky. BREAKDOWN, the 2010 Vimeo Remix Award winner, premiered at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra. She has created works for the Cleveland Museum of Art, EMPAC (Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center), Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires, Württembergischen Kunstverein, Stuttgart; and her work also was featured at Art Miami, unpainted Media Art Fair, Munich, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Contemporary Museum Wroclaw, Itau Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, San Diego Museum of Art, Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual, Mexico, and many others. A selection of her Perpetual Series is permanently installed in the historic grand opening of DC (Donau City) Tower 1 in Vienna’s Donaucity, Austria, and her work completed a tour of the major museums and art institutions of Poland. Selections of her work have been broadcast on France's La Télédiversité #Numero23 and she created animated GIF’s as well as a virtual reality 360 piece for The Eric Andre Show on Adult Swim.