Release Date: September 19,2017
The public art event The Optics of Memory will launch Friday, September 29 2017 in downtown Akron. Organizers Diane Davis-Sikora and 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi are presenting a series of outdoor, interactive experiences including a live audio-visual performance by Kasumi, and an interactive display on exhibition at Curated Storefronts’ Akron Public Library South Main Street location. The display station entitled SignWaves, captures real-time motions of the viewer, and instantly translates them into ‘wave’ patterns of video content allowing the viewers to create and become media art.
Kasumi’s newest audio-visual installation and live performance, The Optics of Memory Experience is an eye-popping mix of vividly psychedelic imagery projected onto three massive screens and hypnotic, immersive electronic music amplified through a state-of-the-art sound system.
Her hour-long media phantasmagoria takes the audience on a journey into the mirrored feedback loop of perception and memory. Kasumi is well known for her daring artistic experiences that blend her unique filmmaking, musical, and artistic talents into work that has been described as “wildly innovative,” “mind-blowing,” “brilliant,” and “transcendent” and that “breaks all boundaries in media art.”
Kasumi’s performance will culminate an art filled evening of live performances and short films as part of the High Arts Festival. Entertainment will begin at 6:30 PM on the lawn of the Akron Art Museum’s Bud & Susie Rogers Garden. In case of rain, the event will be inside the Akron Art Museum.
Admission is free and open to the public. Family friendly entertainment for all ages.
The event is sponsored by the GAR Foundation, Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, Downtown Akron Partnership, Akron Art Museum, Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, and made possible by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge.