Fellow: Awarded 2011
Field of Study: Film and Video
Competition: US & Canada
Kasumi is internationally celebrated as a leading innovator of a new art form synthesizing film, sound, video, and emerging technologies. She has won global acclaim for her experimental films and video art in venues worldwide, from her Lincoln Center appearance with Pinchas Zukerman and The New York Philharmonic to live performances with Grandmaster Flash and DJ Spooky, and has performed and exhibited work at Württembergischen Kunstverein Stuttgart and at the Chroma Festival de Arte Audiovisual in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Her film Breakdown, which premiered at Carnegie Hall with the American Composers Orchestra, won Vimeo’s Best Remix award 2010. She was awarded an EMPAC Dance Movies Commission and has created video art for performance with The Cleveland Orchestra. Her film The Free Speech Zone, cited in The Encyclopedia of Underground Movies, was featured at the Forum des Images in Paris, the Milano Film Festival, Expresión en Corto, Mexico City, and the Sapporo International Short Film Festival where it won First Prize.
An associate professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, book author, essayist, film-script writer, Academy Award-nominated soundtrack composer, and former Baroque musician with four LP albums, two Carnegie Hall performances, and international concert tours to her credit, Kasumi has received the Adriano Asti Award for Best Experimental Film at Montecacini, Italy; Director's Citation at the Black Maria Film Festival; Seoul Film Festival's Special Jury Award; Best Experimental Film at IFP Chicago and Sapporo International Film Festival; and others. Her work has been screened at festivals in Iran, the Slovak Republic, Turkey, Japan, Korea, Romania, Italy, Germany, Mexico, Holland, France, England, the U.S., and Canada, and displayed at distinguished institutions including Muzeul Florean, Romania; Itau Cultural Center, São Paulo; The Butler Institute of American Art; The Museum of Fine Art, Houston; The Cleveland Museum of Art; Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; San Diego Museum of Art; Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; and Anthology Film Archives, among others.
Profile photograph by Robert Muller