In Memoriam | Terence Koh’s Dash Snow TributeBy Maura Egan
© 2009 Marco AnelliThe artist Terence Koh has been performing every night at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, England, as part of Marina Abramovic’s performance showcase during this month’s Manchester Festival (through July 19). For his four-hour piece, Koh lies on the floor in a shirt made from crushed pearls, his face and feet covered in powder. Curled up in the fetal position, he plays Nat King Cole’s “Mona Lisa” over and over on his iPod. But tonight Koh is honoring the artist Dash Snow, who died today in an apparent drug overdose. Koh will change his tune to “Cheree” by the synth-punk band Suicide. As Koh explained in an e-mail message, “It is for one of my best friend’s Dash and that is our favorite song together and we used to dance to it together.” Strangely, the song was used in the closing scene of “Downtown 81,” which was about Jean-Michel Basquiat, another artist who died way too soon.