Constance DeJong, Nightwriters 2, Chalk, ink, and inkjet print on archival paper, 2018
Constance DeJong, Green Crosley, Re-enginieered radio with amplitude sensitive LEDs, 2018
Twilight Talks presents
A Conversation with artist and writer Constance DeJong
In this episode of Twilight Talks, Kevin Moore interviews artist,
writer and performer Constance DeJong. She is best known for her experimental
novel Modern Love and as librettist for Philip Glass's opera Satyagraha.
She is also well known for her numerous collaborations with Tony Oursler,
including Fantastic Prayers. DeJong has exhibited internationally
at organizations such as the Dia Foundation and The Kitchen,
New York, and the McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco.
She is a professor of art and time-based media at Hunter College.
Stories features photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia’s A Storybook Life (1978-1999)
and writer and performer Constance DeJong’s Radios (2015-ongoing).
Through images, audio, and objects, the artists’ fragmented narratives
invite viewers to become an active part of storytelling.
DiCorcia’s A Storybook Life creates a dreamland straddling
documentary and staged photography through tableaus of domestic
situations using friends and family as models. The work
is arranged in a particular, nonlinear order, with only four complete sets in existence.
ForRadios, DeJong presents a set of vintage radios simultaneously
playing intimate and disarming narratives. She says: “The speaking voice
disconnected from a body can invoke intense listening, a kind of attention like no other.”
On narrative Orality and improvisation:
Wayne Koestenbaum, Constance DeJong, Sara Magenheimer and Morgan Bassichis
curated by Rachel Valinsky
In conjunction with programming centered on David Antin and Narrative, While
I was also Listening, originating at La Criee, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Rennes,France.
Mar 23 & Mar 24
Artists and long-time collaborators Constance DeJong and Tony Oursler
return to The Kitchen to restage their performance Relatives after a
hiatus of more than twenty years. Originally commissioned by the ICA Boston
in 1988 and performed at The Kitchen in 1989, Relatives combines spoken
text and video in a duet between a television and a performer.
Two worlds of storytelling (electronic and oral) deliver a genealogy of
family members who belong to a visible yet overlooked group:
history’s bit players; their collective story is traced through a
succession of appearances in painting, photography, the movies,
television, and video games. Organized by Matthew Lyons.