Shockwaves weaves more than 25,000 images of recycled public domain footage to reflect a hyper, anxious world state of the world.Shockwaves‘ unprecedented richness in visual and aural associations creates a new kind of language for film; an analogue not just of our narrow‐focused, narrative seeking consciousness, but also of the vast cloud of memories, thoughts, and feelings that follow along with us every moment of our lives.
Funded by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Shockwaves is a window into a man’s mind as he tries to comprehend the transformation of his life from fairy tale to tragedy. He recalls meeting and falling in love with his soul mate, their wedding and their promising future. But fatherhood resurrects the ghosts of abuse, and he is transfigured into the slave of psychic trauma he cannot escape; he plays the part his heritage commands, recapitulating his own father’s role. But trauma and suffering have always through the ages called forth a response. Like an Aeschylean Fury risen from depths unknown, the memory of his savagery wreaks its vengeance and finally annihilates his sinister inheritance. Read more here!
About the Artist:
Kasumi creates work that synthesizes film, video, found footage, sound, animation and live performance into a metaphorical language that resembles the stream of messages and subconscious connections making up human perception. Her work is in collections and has been screened worldwide: 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 new 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. Read more here!
This is a companion event to Kasumi’s performance at Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center on April 30 as part of the monthly <SOS> Sound Series, which showcases sound-based media artists and toolmakers and provides a forum for artists to share and demystify their techniques with audiences.