Welsh ‘Jumpers’, 1820. Mary Evans Picture Library
Jumpers (what must I do to be saved) is a newly commissioned video installation by British artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. It is a beautiful and intense work which documents a live experiment in manipulation and compliance.
The piece takes inspiration from the religious practice of ‘jumping’ as a form of worship. ‘Jumping’ was 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 of the ‘Jumpers’ can be found echoed in various forms of contemporary culture. For instance, the mosh-pits and raves of dance culture feature the convulsive and possessed movement of people shifting from agony to ecstasy.
Working with 40 strangers over the course of a day, Forsyth & Pollard sought to define the moment of abandonment when we tip in to another state. Jumpers (what must I do to be saved) is a bold and entrancing sequence of captured moments as the artists attempt to induce a state possessed by the idea of the ‘Jumpers’.
Free Public Exhibition Launch
6.30pm Thursday 24th January 2013 in the Peter Scott Gallery (All Welcome). The launch will be followed by a music performance in the Great Hall by the Chroma Ensemble.
Iain and Jane will be giving a free artist's talk at 1pm-2pm on Thursday 24 January in the Nuffield Theatre (no booking required).