NIGHT PAVING – THE AURAL HISTORY OF JACKIE 60 AND MOTHER
NIGHT PAVING: THE AURAL HISTORY OF JACKIE 60 & MOTHER
An audio installation in the form of a ‘silent disco’ presenting a soundscape journey of storytelling and music with the producers, performers, and attendees of the legendary Tuesday club-night Jackie 60 and the nightclub MOTHER that it birthed. Night Paving was presented as part of the ‘Up Late’ program on The High Line NYC on July 21st from 10pm – 12am (directly across from the original MOTHER Nightclub space on 14th and Washington St.)
This sight specific installation tells the 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 are mixed with philosophical meanderings about the cultural shift that occurred during this decade. Roth created this time capsule experience to be as if overhearing conversations in the nightclub itself, a soundscape that contributes to the folklore of this seminal moment in NYC nightlife history.
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, Anohni (Antony and the Johnsons), Rob Roth, Alba Clemente, Richard Move, Basil Twist (Arias with a Twist), Johnny Reinhold, Jack Doroshow (aka Flawless Sabrina), Joey Arias, Lucy Sexton (Dancenoise), Michael Cavadias (Citizens Band) , Genesis P-Orridge (Psychic TV, Throbbing Gristle), Penny Arcade and many other “Jackie Legends” all to a soundtrack that evokes “That Jackie Feeling”.
“Night Paving: The Aural History of Jackie 60 and Mother” was originally commissioned through The Museum of Art and Design’s “THE FUN Fellowship in the Social Practice of Nightlife” curated by Jake Yuzna, Director of Public Programs. It debuted as a site specific work through “Friends of the High Line” Up Late Program on July 21st 2016.
Link to High Line Blog Interview
Created by Rob Roth
DJ Mix by Johnny Dynell
Audio Engineering by Dave Yang
The MAD Museum preview of Night Paving was featured in the October 2015 issue of Artforum Magazine.