1. Recursion #7 The African Turn

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    This "recursive video" is a single channel silent installation consisting of separate but adjacent looping video streams timed to intertwine and reverberate in varying intervals. The result is an evolving meaning of appropriated memory and an expression of the complexity of experience and the illogicality of our perception in which time events are manipulated in unexpected reinterpretations. "Internationally known artist and TIME associate professor Kasumi shows her video "Recursion #7: The African Turn" projected on a movable wall in the main gallery. Composed from meticulously edited fragments of found film and video clips, the fast-paced hybrid work is mesmerizing both as a silent visual song about race relations in South Africa, and an exploration of the psychological resonance of incremental human gestures. A brief turn of a young African man's head repeated in long, snake-like loops establishes pride, defiance and a sense of deep transformations wrought by repetition." clevescene.com/cleveland/found-horizons/Content?oid=1520850

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    • Installation setup for Recursion #7

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      This work is a two channel silent installation consisting of separate but adjacent looping video streams timed to intertwine and reverberate in varying intervals. The result is an evolving meaning of appropriated memory and an expression of the complexity of experience and the illogicality of our perception in which time events are manipulated in unexpected reinterpretations. "Internationally known artist and TIME associate professor Kasumi shows her video "Recursion #7: The African Turn" projected on a movable wall in the main gallery. Composed from meticulously edited fragments of found film and video clips, the fast-paced hybrid work is mesmerizing both as a silent visual song about race relations in South Africa, and an exploration of the psychological resonance of incremental human gestures. A brief turn of a young African man's head repeated in long, snake-like loops establishes pride, defiance and a sense of deep transformations wrought by repetition." http://www.clevescene.com/cleveland/found-horizons/Content?oid=1520850

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      • Wargames

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        One and a half minutes Hypercut mashup of sports and war footage, circa World War II. The sports clips are sampled from Leni Riefenstahl's Olympia.

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        • Madhouse

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          ©1999 Experimental film/video art TRT: 4” Premiere: Cleveland International Film Festival 2001 Original production format: 16mm, 35mm, DV and painted celluloid Color 4:3 Stereo Synopsis: Pulsing, hypnotic visual samples and grooves are woven into a hallucinatory trip to the Madhouse. Walk right in, but don’t look back. Screenings and Awards: Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2001 Athens International Film Festival Runner-up, Best Ohio Short, Cleveland International Film Festival Asian American Showcase, Gene Siskel Theatre, Chicago, 2002 Young Iranian Cinema, Tehran, Iran 2002 Ankara International film Festival, Ankara, Turkey Counterflow – San Francisco, California The New Festival, New York City, 2002 New York Gay and Lesbian Experimental Film Festival Seven Minutes of Fame, The New Ivar Digital Cinema, Los Angeles, 2002 Best Short Film, Dover Film Festival, 2002 Special Jury Award SeNef 2002, Seoul, Korea Overlook Park Shorts 2004 Itau Cultural Center, Sao Paolo, Brazil Houston Main Street Microcinema, Houston, Imperial Beach Film Festival, Imperial Beach, California Mezzanine, San Francisco, California KLJUN, Subotica, Serbia CSAW-Commerce Street Artist Warehouse, Houston Clone Digital Film Festival, Hameenlinna, Finland CineFeel, London, UK Blaffer Gallery, Houston, Texas Reel Noise, Seattle, Washington Nemo Festival, Paris, France VideoMedeja, Novi Sad, Yugoslavia Madurai Collective, Madurai, India Urban 15, San Antonio, Texas Mad River Microcinema, Billings, Montana Tagawa International Short Film Matsuri, Tagawa, Japan Heaven Gallery, Chicago, Illinois Cinema SlamAnn Arbor, Michigan Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, usa Catacomb Microcinema, Winnipeg, Canada D-Cinema Festival, Vierzon, France Out North, Anchorage, Alaska Coffee House Theater, McMurdo Station, Antarctica Multimedia Microcinema, Skopje, Macedonia VIDEO SPACE - Metro Arts Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Undercinema, Minneapolis, Minnesota Wall of Sound, Seattle, Washington

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          • Five Portraits (Installation)

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            "Even in recent video-based works Kasumi’s political concerns are not always preeminent. Often an examination of the distance between emotional expression and communicative ambiguities (especially within the closed circuit of self-perception) is a more central subject. This is notably true in montages produced between 2001-2005 where she makes provocative use of texture and gesture and where her training as a painter is evident. One idea she explores is that the construction of identity through gesture may sometimes amount to a betrayal of self. Such concerns cast the whole project of expressive art in a suspicious light. There is a paranoid tendency latent in montage, a secret belief that any personal expression reveals an effective method of manipulation, of interrogation. From this point of view every true self-portrait is a kind of suicide, or martyrdom. In the installation Five Portraits in Five Minutes (2005), Kasumi’s cast of characters here are, in order: a young man, raising and lowering his face, a child, an old man in a cap, a young woman in a 1930’s-era bathing suit, dancing with arms out-stretched, and another young man, filmed in very tight close-up. Two of the men are double, either literally beside themselves, like the man with the cap, or the one who faces himself, melting and separating as if reflected in two halves of a mirror. Many viewings are needed to perceive all, or even most, of the constituent images in Five Portraits, flickering as each frame blends into the next. In fact Kasumi has set her characters ablaze, shimmering and flaring amid arcs of penumbral light. These are portraits, but portraits executed in the medium of time – recursive images which evolve and repeat. They capitalize on the swift passage of multiple views, ranging in subject from the formal shifts of the angling of facial planes to the psychological implication of a given posture. Viewers may recognize the young woman as Hitler’s lover Eva Braun. Her expression appears to shift between pleasure and terror and her extended arms are like wings in flight, outspread as if to offer an embrace, but also evoking the iconography of crucifixion." Text by Douglas Max Utter

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            • Technical Aids

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              4 minutes, Found Footage and painted Celluloid A hallucinatory montage of hand-painted and figurative film, computer-generated images, sounds, samples, grooves, and digital video - is the stream of consciousness of a soul burdened by the judgment of others. Society's unspoken prohibition against watching or staring at others, especially those with afflictions, has inflicted an impenetrable isolation as well as psycho-sexual paranoia on those most in need of help. Technical Aids is a glimpse into the internal violence embodied in our retreat from each other. Selected screenings: Best Experimental Film, IFP/Midwest Flyover Zone Short Film Festival 2001 Best Experimental Film, Athens International Film Festival; Runner-up, Best, 2001 Cleveland International Film Festival, Runner-up Best Short Film 2001 Special Jury Award, Seoul Net and Film Festival, 2002 Best of Festival, Dover Film Festival Special Screening, Iranian Young Cinema Festival, International Competition Ankara International Film Festival, Ankara, Turkey Director’s and Program Staff Citation Selection, Black Maria Film Festival 2004 For more screenings: http://sites.google.com/site/morekasumistuff/screenings

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              • The Free Speech Zone (Redux)

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                imdb.com/title/tt1540993/ The veneer of American democracy twitches in its final death throes as the Church of Bush Rove Cheney, Inc. relentlessly jam their flag-waving religious sloganeering and invocation of god-like superiority down the throats of an uneducated, uninsured, uninformed public. “We are the supreme race! We have the supreme weapons!” Street protesters wishing to demonstrate against the zealotry of the Masters of Mendacity and Manipulation are confined – literally - to caged areas, euphemistically named “free speech zones” out of sight and earshot of average Americans who are “guarded” from the truth by the state controlled media. “They won’t win. They cannot win against the symbol of Christ!” With ruthless calculation and Machiavellian logic, the Republican Princes of Power and Privilege have crafted a permanent war economy in order to provide welfare for the wealthy. “It is the one and only way to maintain the supreme race!” A fusion of multi-layered polyphonic sampling, heavy, relentless beats, and scorching satire, “The Free Speech Zone”, a psychedelic Dada/techno opera, is a scathing condemnation of the American government’s quest for world domination through unrelenting mind control. “Thank you, and welcome to the apocalypse.” santacruz.bside.com/2008/films/thefreespeechzone_santacruz2008 splitfilmfestival.hr/arhive/2007/shorts/kasumi.htm On DVD: splitfilmfestival.hr/arhive/2007/shorts/kasumi.htm FSZ is part of the permanent collection of the House of Peace and Human Rights (http://www.sansebastian.org/casadelapaz) San Sebastian, Spain kasumifilms.com MUSIC: Song Title: The Free Speech Zone Music Artist: Kasumi Completion and Release Year: 2004 Song Title: 5 Star Murder Label: High Five Metal Records Music Artist: At Wit’s End Completion and Release Year: 2003 Song Title: Bring It On Music Artist: Jerry Miller Label: Zone Music, Inc. Completion and Release Date: 2003 Director: Kasumi Production Company: Kasumifilms Editorial and Post Production: Kasumifilms SELECTED SCREENINGS Sapporo International Short Film Festival: First Prize Best Experimental, 2006 Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival VideoLisboa Nemo Festival, Paris, France - organised by Thecif - Region Ile de France, in association with le Forum des Images (Paris 1er) and Reperages magazine. 2004 Festival des Cinémas Différents de Paris, 2004 Rome International Film Festival 2004 Athens International Film Festival, 2004 12th International Art Film Festival, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, June, 2004 Seoul Net & Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea, July 2004 AFO (Academia Film Olomouc) Czech Republic, October 2004 Antimatter Festival of Underground Short Film and Video, Victoria, BC 2005 Madcat, San Francisco 2004 International Experimental Film Festival "Carbunari 2004", MUZEUL FLOREAN, Baia Mare, ROMANIA Continental Drift Film Festival, Canada Kinofilm International Film and Video festival, Manchester, UK For a complete list of screenings: http://sites.google.com/site/morekasumistuff/screenings La Zona del Discurso Libre La Zone du Discours Libre Die Zone der Freien Rede Zóna slobody slova La Zona di Discorso Libero A Zona do discurso Livre 自由な会話の面積

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                • UGOKU

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                  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1578827/ http://sapporoshortfest.jp/dvd/008/index.html Experimental Film/Animation Hybrid, Found footage, Live performance Music by James Lauer A bizarre legion of ever-evolving characters culled from hundreds of found footage sources move with heart-pounding, eye-popping precision to intense beats while kaleidoscopic arrays of colors explode like digital mescaline. This Warhol meets Escher hybrid film+animation unfolds in a surrealistic, multi-dimensional vortex that gives "rock the body" a new meaning. Every element of each image: movement, gesture, color, tempo, etc., is reanimated and synchronized to specific sounds in the music, creating layered and hypnotic psychotropic rhythms which in a normal state of consciousness would go otherwise unnoticed. Objects and characters are placed in unexpected contexts and tiers revealing entirely new structural formations, penetrating meanings and subliminal interpretations.

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                  • ROADTRIP

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                    Experimental film/video art/animation TRT: 8” Premiere: Itau Cultural Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil Original production format: 16mm, 35mm, DV and painted celluloid Color 4:3 Stereo Synopsis: A road trip from another dimension. Hand painted animation cut to relentless “driving” beats. For a complete list of screenings: http://sites.google.com/site/morekasumistuff/screenings

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                    • Shadow Dancer

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                      Theme and variations on a breakdance sample

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