zondag 19 april 2020

Parasite New York 1997-1998

Parasite was formed as a support and discussion group for artists interested in a context specific art practice. It met regularly - initially in members apartments - to share projects and ideas. It went
on to piggyback (parasite) two local institutions - the PS1 Clock Tower and The Drawing Centre's Project Room, downtown NY, where it took on a more public character utilising the host institutions' infrastructure in exchange for content provision: organising public presentations and discussions as well as organising Andrea Fraser's Services exhibition (pdf) and re-staging Mel Bochner's "Working Drawings and Other Visible Things on Paper Not Necessarily Meant to be Viewed As Art" from 1966.

"Taking over spaces to present what we're interested in is especially important in terms of the roles assigned to artists, curators and critics -- roles that tend to become hierarchized. It's a way of taking back some power. But it's also about considering how ideas can circulate and what that circulation means. Can they circulate without being mastered by someone who's claiming the right to own them? What we're trying to do is create a more open, discursive situation."