THE MAIL-INTERVIEW WITH KO DE JONGE 16
Started on: 9-12-1994
RJ : Welcome to this mail-interview. First let me ask you the traditional question. When did you get involved in the mail-art network?
Reply on: 6-9-1995
(Ko replied before that he would take part in my Mail-interview project, but that it could take some time because of his other work. His first answer came in the form of a xerox of a collage he made of his first work)
KdJ: The first time I've sent a work of art by mail, 1974, cost Fl. 0,35
RJ : How come you remember so clearly the price of the postage on your first work?
Reply on 13-9-1995
(Ko de Jonge's reply again was a visual one with a reproduction of Peter van Beveren's postcard to Ko de Jonge. Ko wrote that he will probably answer more questions in a visual way, and I will probably include all of them in the final printed version of the interview)
KdJ: In the early seventies nobody had to pay more. Also Peter van Beveren sent his statements for this price in October 1975
RJ : 1975 is a long time ago. Since then the postage rates have increased a lot, a postcard now costs 70 cents, and sending things abroad realy got expensive. Besides the postage-prices, have there been other changes too in the mail art you send out, and the mail art you receive?
Reply on 26-9-1995
KdJ: Twenty years ago I received works of art by mail. Nowadays I see much stuff (as chainletters etc.) in my P.O.Box marked with a rubber stamp 'mail art'.
RJ : "Works of art by mail" , "rubber stamp 'mail art'," what exactly IS mail art in your eyes?
Reply on 11-1-1996
KdJ: Mail art is art
RJ : I almost don't dare to ask, but what is art for you?
Reply on 19-1-1996
(Another visual answer from Ko de Jonge)
KdJ: Art is a secret start and will pass the extremes.
RJ : Which extremes did you pass?
(On April 26th I received an invitation to visit an exhibition in Vlissingen, Holland, where Ko de Jonge has an installation called "de boodschappen" which is opened on 28-04-96 and is there till 23-06-96)
Ko de Jonge,
4330 GD Middelburg.
P.O. Box 10388
5000 JJ Tilburg