Melvin Moti

The Eye As I Can See

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

In this dinner discussion, Dutch artist Melvin Moti will consider nuances of visual perception and the paradoxical status of the eye, which acts as both a camera and a lens. Primarily working with film, Moti also uses a range of media including photography, drawing, text, and installation. His pieces are often the outcome of extensive research into overlooked historical events that bare a prophetic quality when reconsidered within a contemporary context. In response to our oversaturated visual culture, Moti’s practice engages with states of non-productivity and explores conditions characterized by a reduction in sensory perception. Positioning the viewer as a witness, his non-narrative films open up a political space for imagination and creativity through the disjunctive clash between the moving image and its corresponding voiceover.

A limited number of dinners will be served at 6 PM to enjoy as part of the talk. Wine and refreshments will also be available as part of our paid cafe service.

The Observer Effects series invites thinkers to present their highly integrative work in dialogue with the fields of art and science. This lecture series takes its title from a popularized principle in physics that holds that the act of observation transforms the observed. Outside the natural sciences, the idea that the observer and the observed are linked in a web of reciprocal modification has been deeply influential in philosophy, aesthetics, psychology, and politics.

Emily Berçir Zimmerman

Melvin Moti (born 1977, Rotterdam) examines neurological, scientific, and historic processes in relation to visual culture. He has produced several films along with artist books, objects, and drawings. Moti has had solo exhibitions at Mudam (Luxembourg), Wiels (Brussels), Galleria Civica (Trento), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), and MMK (Frankfurt).

Melvin Moti
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September 19, 2012, 6PM
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EMPAC 2012-2013 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by continuous support from the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the New York State Council for the Arts; Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts; Arts Council Norway, Fond for Lyd og Bilde, and Fond for Utøvende Kunstner.

National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
National Science Foundation
State of the Arts - NYSCA