Harry Wilson

The Death Jump Series: The Blue of Distance

in collaboration with Rob Jones and Cara Berger.
Thursday 22nd August 2013, 12.30pm-4.30pm.

“First there is nothing, then there is a deep nothing, and then a deep blue…”
Gaston Bachelard, Air and Dreams

The Death Jump Series is a project mapping and responding to a series of dangerous jumps from the 20th and 21st century. Drawing on examples ranging from the eccentric early aviation enthusiasts to Felix Baumgartner’s world record freefall from space in 2012 – via Yves Klein and David Bowie – Death Jump hopes to interrogate ideas of failure, the poetics of falling and a contemporary fascination with transcendence and the showman figures that seek it. Performance iterations of The Death Jump Series currently exist as a lecture presentation and a studio piece and have been shown at the Manipulate Festival, Edinburgh and Buzzcut in Glasgow.

The Blue of Distance, is the first incarnation of a durational performance installation that takes two works by Yves Klein as its main starting points; Klein’s Anthropométry performance events from the 1960s in which he conducted naked female models as they covered themselves in paint and made imprints of their bodies onto canvases, and his 1960 photomontage Leap Into the Void which apparently shows him leaping off a wall on a quiet Paris street.

‘A humbling and honest display of humankind’s struggle for transcendence’
Exeunt Magazine on Death Jump at Manipulate

**** ‘Imagination, daring, wit and wonderment all took flight in Harry Wilson’s Death Jump’
The Herald on Death Jump at Buzzcut


Tags: ,

Back to Top ↑
  • Connect

    follow us on facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Instagram Videos on Youtube Click here to use our contact form
  • How to get here

    Click/tap here to see buses that pass the Drill Hall, directions and building accessibility.

    Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG

  • Covid-19 restrictions

    There is currently an easing of restrictions in relation to education, hospitality, galleries, leisure and entertainment.

    Out of the Blue have consequently re-opened for appropriately social distanced and much needed conviviality and activity.

    We are now bringing back events, classes, workshops, and exhibitions in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

  • Cafe Opening Hours

    Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm

  • Donate

    Over the course of 2021 Out of the Blue will continue to offer opportunities for artists and members of the community to learn, participate and earn income.

    We use the space we have developed in 6 buildings in Edinburgh for studios, workshops, classes, projects, exhibitions, social enterprises, events, clubs, music making, markets, a cafe and more.

    Our all year round activity helps create the culture of the city, supporting the local economy and having positive social impact for the thousands of individuals and organisations we work with.

    We would humbly accept a financial donation, however small, in support of our work.

  • Subscribe to our mailing list

    Data protection
    By submitting this information, you are confirming that Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust may store your data and may contact you using the submitted information in accordance with our privacy policy (located in our legal information document at outoftheblue.org.uk/about).

  • Association

    Learn more about the Green Arts Project OSCR charity number SC022812