Jacqueline De Jong’s “The Situationist Times”

On May 9th, 2012 The Situ­ation­ist Times, pub­lished by Jac­queline De Jong, cel­eb­rate the 50th anniversary of it’s first issue. A total of six issues were pub­lished: Issue 1 in May of 1962, and the final issue in Decem­ber of 1967. A sev­enth issue was com­piled but not pub­lished.

To cel­eb­rate this anniversary Boo-Hoo­ray invites you to an exhib­i­tion of ori­gin­al art, pub­lic­a­tions, pho­to­graphy, eph­em­era and manu­scripts related to Jac­queline De Jong’s van­guard pub­lic­a­tion. The exhib­i­tion Jac­queline De Jong’s Situ­ation­ist Times, 1962 – 1967 opens on May 9th at Boo-Hoory’s Space in New York…

The Situ­ation­ist Times — Issue 6

The Situ­ation­ist move­ment pro­duced peri­od­ic­als: Inter­na­tionale Situ­ation­niste (twelve issues pub­lished between 1958 and 1969) and the Ger­man Gruppe SPUR pub­lic­a­tion SPUR (six issues from August 1960 to August 1961). There were oth­er examples: Drakabyg­get (Scand­inavia), Heat­wave (UK), Black Mask (USA), King Mob Echo (UK).

Dutch artist and graph­ic design­er Jac­queline de Jong joined the Situ­ation­ist Inter­na­tion­al in 1960. De Jong sug­ges­ted the pub­lic­a­tion of an Eng­lish lan­guage news­let­ter in Novem­ber of 1960, to be co-edited with Brit­ish Situ­ation­ist Alex­an­der Troc­chi (who was in pris­on at the time). The pub­lic­a­tion was widely dis­cussed at Situ­ation­ist con­fer­ences in 1961, and the first issue of The Situ­ation­ist Times was pub­lished in May of 1962. This year also saw the escal­a­tion of the long-stand­ing fric­tion between the aes­thet­ic side of the Situ­ation­ists and the polit­ic­al side, res­ult­ing in the expul­sion of the Ger­man and Scand­inavi­an Situ­ation­ists. De Jong resigned/​was expelled in 1962 because of her solid­ar­ity with the Ger­man Situ­ation­ist Group SPUR whom Guy Debord had expelled earli­er. As the divide between Debord’s Situ­ation­ist circle and the Scand­inavi­an and Ger­man Situ­ation­ists widened, De Jong remained impar­tial. Key con­trib­ut­ors to the Situ­ation­ist Times included Debord, Asger Jorn, Gruppe SPUR and oth­ers from ‘both sides’ through­out its years of pub­lic­a­tion.

The Situ­ation­ist Times — Issue 6

De Jong was determ­ined to pro­duce ‘a com­pletely free magazine, based on the most cre­at­ive of the Situ­ation­ist ideas.’

The first two issues of The Situ­ation­ist Times were co-edited by Noël Arnaud, the legendary edit­or of the sol­it­ary issue of Sur­real­iste Revolu­tion­naire. He was ini­tially intro­duced to De Jong by her part­ner Jorn, who had worked with Arnaud in the Col­lege of Pata­phys­ics and with­in the realm of the Cobra art group. The second issue saw the first exper­i­ments with typo­graphy and mul­tiple colored paper stocks. Issue 3 was the first issue pro­duced with De Jong solely at the helm. Her power­ful and idio­syn­crat­ic edit­or­i­al style helped shape a magazine where the con­trib­ut­ors ranged from archi­tects (Aldo Van Eyck, Dav­id Georges Emmerich) to an art his­tor­i­an (Hans Jaffe) to astro­phys­i­cists (Jay­ant Nar­likar, Fred Hoyle) to a com­poser of opera (Peter Schat).

The Situ­ation­ist Times — Issue 6

As the pub­lic­a­tion went on, the emphas­is became more and more visu­al (Issue 3 had ‘sit­u­lo­gic­al’ pat­terns such as knots and spir­als as its theme, Issue 4 had labyrinths, Issue 5 fea­tured topo­logy). For Issue 6, De Jong col­lec­ted mater­i­al on circles for almost two years, until, inspired by Walasse Ting’s and Sam Fran­cis‹ pub­lic­a­tion One Cent Life, De Jong decided to cre­ate a salon-exhib­i­tion-style issue of The Situ­ation­ist Times, fea­tur­ing 33 artists who each con­trib­uted a litho­graph (the motive was to raise money for sub­sequent issues). Issue 6 was launched in the Spring of 1967 with two exhib­i­tions in Par­is at the book shops La Hune and Le Divan. Due to a cata­stroph­ic leg­al and fin­an­cial battle with the dis­trib­ut­or of Issue 6, the pub­lic­a­tion of The Situ­ation­ist Times came to an end.

In 1968, Jac­queline De Jong broke up with Jorn, who was 25 years her seni­or. De Jong par­ti­cip­ated in the stu­dent upris­ing in Par­is in May of 1968, con­trib­ut­ing posters of excep­tion­al potency, beauty and vibrancy. Sub­sequently she moved away from revolu­tion­ary activ­it­ies and has remained act­ive as a superb paint­er, sculptor, jew­el­er and garden­er, reg­u­larly exhib­it­ing in Hol­land and inter­na­tion­ally.”
 — Johan Kugel­berg

Jac­queline De Jong

Jac­queline De Jong will be giv­ing a talk and show­ing a film fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion at the Bei­necke Lib­rary at Yale Uni­ver­sity at 4pm on Monday, May 7th 2012 to com­mem­or­ate the Bei­necke acquis­i­tion of The Situ­ation­ist Times Jac­queline De Jong archive.

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From May 9th to 25th 2012
Open­ing party: May 9th from 6 to 9pm

Pictures of SIT6 by iheartphotograph