Constance DeJong (lives and works in Nyack, New York) is American artist, writer and performer having worked for over three decades on narrative form within the context of avant-garde music and contemporary art. DeJong has always extended her prose into multiple forms of performance, audio installation, printed text, electronic objects, audio and video works. Considered one of the progenitors of media art, or “time-based media,” DeJong shapes her art of narrative with an intricate attention to content and literary form.
In 1983, DeJong composed the libretto for the Philip Glass opera Satyagraha. She has collaborated with Tony Ourlser on numerous performance and video works including Relatives, 1990, and Fantastic Prayers, 2000, with Tony Oursler and Steven Vitiello. She published and performed SpeakChamber with Bureau in 2013 and is developing a series of narrative audio pieces housed on a suite of modified vintage radios. Her first book, Modern Love, 1977, will be re-issued in 2017 by Ugly Duckling Presse, co-published by Primary Information and she will perform material from this work at The Kitchen in Spring of 2017.
She has exhibited and performed both locally and internationally at venues such as the Walker Art Museum, Minneapolis MN; The Wexner Center, Columbus OH; Philadelphia Museum of Art; and in New York at The Kitchen, Threadwaxing Space, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Dia Center for the Arts.