Mottel_Mottel: The Image is a Seed is an artwork by Matt Mottel anchored by the historic photographic archive of his father, Syeus Mottel. Syeus, a diaristic photographer, documented both artistic happenings, like the annual Avant Garde Art Festival organized by Charlotte Moorman, and political demonstrations, such as the Levitation of the Pentagon in Washington DC in April, 1967. In performance at Roulette, archival color slides and digitally scanned negatives are projected in tandem with the music, and staged action.
Mottel’s composition method reflects and responds to the condition of uncirculated historic images that re-affirm the ineffable subterranean spirit. Image is a Seed uses the archive to explore our interconnected past, present, and future. This work promotes a re-consideration of archival practice and a re-definition of cultural ownership’ The live performance of the musical composition and visual presentation of the archive act as equal elements in the final outcome.
Matt Mottel ; synthesizers, piano, electronics, sculptural objects, video design
Syeus Mottel : photography
Roulette’s Winter season will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Our theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.
Matt Mottel enlivens primary source materials and creates collaborative artworks that amplify knowledge and provide access to subterranean culture. Social activism and cultural community are threads that run throughout Mottel’s extensive body of performances, videos, sculptures and music. Mottel’s comprehensive artistic foraging stems from his native New York upbringing. ‘Moonlight University’ was in session, with Steve Dalachinsky and Yuko Otomo, who he first encountered as a teenager on the downtown new yor