The Jump Room by Richard Whitby
Friday 1st December 2017
from 7pm with new performance at 8pm
The Jump Room takes its name from a conspiracy theory alleging the existence of devices allowing teleportation between Earth and Mars, installed in the form of ordinary looking elevators in several buildings in the US. Theories such as this one seem to explain the world through complex but linear and apparently evidenced narrative. Whitby is interested in how various kinds of narrative accrue value, be that within the service industry, the conspiracy theorist ‘Truth Community’ or mainstream political campaigning. In this project he uses these ideas, alongside tropes from cinema, performance and contemporary communications media, to explore the nature of social, cinematic and commercial fictions. Since 2015, elements of The Jump Room have appeared at hrm199 Ltd (with LegionTV), Seoul Museum of Art (Nanji Studios) and Jerwood Space. In 2017 a new video was made with Southend-on-Sea’s Old Waterworks.
Sooyon Kim, Siôn Parkinson and Richard Whitby have collaborated several times producing live performances in the last few years, including ‘Gaseous Pink Land’ at South Kiosk in 2016. There are already two different performance works within The Jump Room project that were focused around the narratives of politicians and conspiracy theorists. This new piece is an attempt to take further steps to summon all the elements of interest and playfully combine them.
In 2018 a publication will bring together documentation of the project and new commissioned pieces.
Supporters: Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust, The Old Waterworks, Southend-on-Sea, Focal Point Gallery, South Kiosk, Jerwood Space, SeMA Nanji, hrm199 Ltd., LegionTV