Jutta Koether and Steven Parrino at the Swiss Institute

Jutta Koether and Steven Parrino at the Swiss Institute

Swiss Institute

image: Koether & Parrino 2002.

November 8, 2002

Jutta Koether and Steven Parrino

12 November 2002 – 4 January 2002

495 Broadway, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10012
t: 212 925 2035
f: 212 925 2040



With performances by Black Bonds, Electrophilia, Foot, Christian Marclay, Merzbow

Opening, Tuesday November 12, 2002 6-9 PM

with a performance at by Electrophilia, featuring Koether and Parrino at 7pm

Taking inspiration from the anarchic history of Dada and their own involvement with punk rock, Jutta Koether and Steven Parrino have come together to create BLACK BONDS, an exhibition which reinvents anti-art’s collaborative spirit. The gallery will feature Koether and Parrinos failed paintings: blacked-out by the artists to cancel, and in turn, reconstruct their works. The black paintings will serve to define a conceptually destructed environment in which six noise performances will take place. Koether and Parrino will perform as Electrophilia at both the opening and closing events, and have invited Black Dice, Foot, Christian Marclay and Merzbow to join their collaboration. Looking to our avant-garde roots in Zurich, the SI will serve as a new Cabaret Voltaire, hosting a reincarnation of noise, and anarchic play, in the spirit of both Dada and punk rock.

“Jutta and I had a discussion about failed paintings. Maybe the color wasn’t right or they were fucked-up in some way (physically, ideologically, or by situation). Our solution was to save them by blacking them out, canceling the image/object. A positive/negative, deconstruct to reconstruct, chaos to order to chaos…We decided to show these re-claimed paintings and dedicate the show to Gerorge Groszs Deathdada, caught in the flux between dissonance and consonance.” -S.P. 2001

Upcoming Performances:

Christian Marclay / Tues Nov 19 / 8 PM

Merzbow / Fri Dec 6 / 8 PM

Foot, featuring Thurston Moore, Jim Dunbar and Don Fleming / Thurs Dec 12 / 8 PM

Black Dice / Tues Dec 17 / 8 PM

Electrophilia / Sat Jan 4 / 8 PM

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