Live Performance

Constance DeJong: IT'S ALWAYS NIGHT

10 Oct 2023 7-9.30pm

Chelsea Space
London SW1P 4JU


Live performance event from the renowned American artist, Constance DeJong, in connection to the solo exhibition On a Continuous Present at Chelsea Space.

Comprising material from DeJong’s expansive career, the exhibition and accompanying event highlights DeJong's iterative approach to art making — where language, text and image making combine — to further complicate our understanding of where an art work begins and ends.

First visiting London in 1976 to perform Modern Love, a spoken-word performance derived from her experimental novel of the same name, DeJong’s experiments with writing include self-publishing; founding the imprint Standard Editions in 1976 to publish her own work. This evening event will revisit Modern Love alongside other works, and will include a conversation between the artist, and Chelsea Space curator Karen Di Franco.

Performance and conversation from 7.45-9.15pm. Venue open from 7.15pm.


Exhibition Information: Taking its title from Gertrude Stein’s assertion that writing and reading language is a simultaneous experience or ‘continuous present’, where seeing and saying are inseparable, the exhibition explores DeJong’s innovative and complex explorations into the intersections of the formal avant-garde through experimental prose writing, multi-media spoken text and media works, and user navigated digital projects. For more details go here:

Constance DeJong: On a Continuous Present and the event IT'S ALWAYS NIGHT was made possible with Art Fund support and co-curated by Dr Karen Di Franco and Lara Pan. With thanks to the artist, Tony Oursler and Bureau, New York.

Chelsea Space is sited on the Millbank campus of Chelsea College of Arts, UAL. Established in 2005, Chelsea Space is a public exhibiting space where invited art and design professionals are encouraged to work on experimental curatorial projects within the educational context of the art college.

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