The Eye As I Can See
Wednesday, September 19
The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) will present a dinner discussion with Dutch artist Melvin Moti, who 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 bear 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 voice-over.
Moti 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).
The dinner discussion begins at 6 p.m. in EMPAC Studio 2. Admission is free.