BREAKDOWN / 9:52 minutes
Artist name: kasumi x 

Winner of the Vimeo Remix Award, BREAKDOWN is a mashup of thousands of public domain samples. It is the ageless tale of corrupt power-seekers perpetrating hideous deceptions on gullible masses. The New York Times called BREAKDOWN, in its Carnegie Hall premiere with the American Composers Orchestra “an uproarious bricolage of alien-invasion panic, financial distress, military might and patriotic sentiment.”

Recently awarded a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship, Kasumi is a media artist uniquely blending film and live-performance into dynamic videoart. Known internationally for her innovative work, she employs an arsenal of powerful digital technology to weave vibrant visuals and powerful audio into experiences of synaesthesia, with poignant cultural-political meaning. Kasumi’s richly expressive and compelling compositions have appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Württembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart and the Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual. With a passion for collaboration, she has created distinctive media art for a myriad projects and performed alongside the likes of Grandmaster Flash, DJ Spooky, Modeselektor, New York Philaharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and American Composers Orchestra. Kasumi has most recently expanded her repertoire to include the role of executive producer of young filmmaker Kitao Sakurai’s acclaimed feature, AARDVARK. She received an EMPAC DANCE MOViES Commission for her looping video installation, “MO-SO,” and her video “Breakdown, The Remix” was named the 2010 Vimeo Awards Remix Winner. She was recently commissioned to create a 45 minute loop for The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Summer Solstice.

Artist Statement
The mysteries of cognition and ability to think in metaphor have become frequent themes in my work. I imagine the complex processes of the human brain, synthesizing different methods of expression into a metaphorical language that resembles the stream of messages and subconscious connections making up human perception. The aim of the unique ways in which I manipulate image, movement, sound and light is to create a vividly surreal universe in which moving bodies, shifting times and events coincide within a tightly enclosed, finite space, cross paths and yet never touch. They pass in isolated bits of deconstructed time, strangely slow or too electron-quick to be entirely discerned, metastasizing or disappearing seemingly at random. Yet all of them are powerful, disturbingly familiar and alien at the same time, like free-associative impressions of our exterior and interior lives and our real and virtual worlds — trapped and intermixed in the shaken bottles that are our own heads, and inevitably transformed by our desire for meaning into a story of deep and shadowy impact.

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