"Night Paving – The Aural History of Jackie 60 and Mother"

Site Specific Installation


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Title: Night Paving – The Aural History of Jackie 60 and Mother

Client: The Highline

Role: Director

Deliverable: Site Specific Installation


Artist and director, Rob Roth presents, Night Paving: The Aural History of Jackie 60 & Mother on the High Line NYC. The audio and visual installation will offer a soundscape journey of storytelling and music with the producers, performers, and infamous attendees of the legendary Tuesday club-night Jackie 60 and the nightclub MOTHER that it birthed only a block away in the original space on 14th St and Washington St.   

The event is presented as a ‘silent disco’ listening party every evening from dusk to closing at the 14th St section of the park a block away from the original space. Roth will present a history of the beginnings of Jackie 60 to its transformation into MOTHER and its final days at the end of the 20th Century. With a soundtrack mix by DJ Johnny Dynell, memories of performances, themes and the people who made it all happen will be mixed with philosophical meanderings about the cultural shift that occurred during this decade. The space will be presented with a slow moving mirrorball for patrons to ‘meditate’ on while listening to this time capsule experience as if overhearing conversations in the nightclub itself, a soundscape that contributes to the folklore of this seminal moment in NYC nightlife history. Each night photocopied flyers from various Jackie 60 and Click + Drag nights will be strewn across the floor as ephemera for people to enjoy as keepsakes. The concept is as if you walked into an empty club, where the ghosts of its past participants were speaking through the invisible walls. The hopes is to have people then walk away from this immersive experience and see the Meat Market through a historical eye and walk past the corner of 14th and Washington St with a sense of nightlife history intact.

From 1990 – 2000 the ‘little, dark and different’ space housed a wide range of performers from Kembra Pfahler to Mikhail Baryshnikov. Stories are shared from Mother’s creators Chi Chi Valenti and Johnny Dynell as well as performers, patrons and collaborators Kitty Boots, Marc Jacobs, Debbie Harry, Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons), Rob Roth, Alba Clemente, Basil Twist (Arias with a Twist), Johnny Reinhold, Jack Doroshow (aka Flawless Sabrina), Joey Arias, Lucy Sexton (Dancenoise), Sherry Vine, Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle), Penny Arcade and many other “Jackie Legends” all to a soundtrack that evokes “That Jackie Feeling”.

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