Jumpers is a large-format video installation. The piece takes inspiration from the religious practice of ‘jumping’ as a form of worship. Performed over the course of 200 years from the 18th Century by English, Welsh and American Protestant Christians, it was a physical response to a religious state that words could not express – and a phenomenon known to be contagious within a group. The actions and emotions can be found echoed in various forms of contemporary culture – from the mosh-pits to raves, we see the convulsive and possessed movement of people shifting from agony to ecstasy.
This work documents a live experiment in manipulation and compliance. Working with 35 strangers and a hypnotherapist over the course of a day, the work seeks to define the moment of abandonment when we tip in to another state. Music by Warren Ellis. Total running time of complete work: 7 minutes.
Commissioned by Live at LICA
Music: Warren Ellis
Hypnotherapist: Meredith Vivian OBE
Producer: Cally Spooner
Director of Photography: Martin J Roach
Editor: Rachael Spann
Colourist: Vic Parker
Production Assistants: Emma Patterson, Annabelle Stapleton-Crittenden and Ryan Bennett
Assistant to Hypnotherapist: Katharine Wener
Camera Assistant: Warren Forster
Camera Equipment: Shift 4
Special thanks to Maitreyi Maheshwari and the Zabludowicz Collection