Nsumi or Nsumi Collective, is a contemporary art collective based in New York City.

Members of Nsumi claim that the group spawns art collectives and experimental groups through a gift economy consulting project, workshops, art exhibitions and performances, zines, academic research, and public interventions. The group's members include educators, artists, scientists, architects, landscape designers, curators, collectors, un-trained artists and non-artists.

Nsumi operates fluidly, frequently collaborating with artists and other art collectives such as Trevor Paglen, Rainer Ganahl, AUNTS Collective and Peter Fend, in addition to artists who participate anonymously.

Sometimes Nsumi fully or partially joins other art groups, adopting an individual or quasi-individual identity. Occasionally the group will exchange or swap members with different collectives, bring on temporary members, or work with artists who join the group for one-off events and exhibitions. Nsumi blurs its own boundaries since it is unclear which identity the group is operating through at a given moment or who exactly is involved. Nsumi operates under different monikers, such as Lightning Chasers, Black Magic Guild and Nsumi Group, and has been known to appear in the same group exhibition under multiple individual and group names.

Nsumi also appears in more conventional art exhibitions at galleries, universities and museums including the Queens Museum, Deitch Projects and the Center for Architecture in New York City. Their work has appeared in Satya magazine, ARTE Television and TRACKS TV in Europe, Total Theatre Magazine, The New York Times, Archinect, The Economist, the New York Sun, and Art News.


  • NY Sun Newspaper review of a conference about the anthropologist Gregory Bateson. Nsumi both organized and participated in this event
  • Program for the Bateson conference, which took place at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
  • Archinect Review of Exhibition with Trevor Paglen
  • Socialart.com's A Loose History of Art Collectives Nsumi is listed two times, once as Nsumi and once under another name
  • Nsumi's listing on the Fellowship for Intentional Community's online directory
  • Review of an exhibition co-curated by Nsumi working through another art collective

External links

  • Nsumi's Vimeo page
  • Impose Magazine coverage of Nsumi exhibiting under the name Space Puppets, as a part of a DIY music festival: You Are Here/The Maze Show
  • Nsumi Members featured in The New York Times
  • New York Post article on School of the Future, featuring Nsumi's Mutant Student Groups Think Tank