GIVE GOOD performance 8th June, Twentyone, Southend BOOK LAUNCH with Honor Gavin 9th June, Tenderbooks, London

The Jump Room is a project by artist Richard Whitby, incorporating video, drawing, writing, performance and collaborations. This website presents both the previous iterations of the project, and new elements as they develop. 
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, performance and publication will be made with Southend-on-Sea’s Old Waterworks. 

Arts Council England
The Elephant Trust
The Old Waterworks, Southend-on-Sea
Focal Point Gallery
South Kiosk
Jerwood Space
SeMA Nanji
hrm199 Ltd.

Thanks to:
Sooyon Kim, Alistair Beaton, Lumberjack Cafe, Haroon Mirza, Kiera Blakey, Steve Lodge, Sion Parkinson, Focal Point Gallery, Warren Harper, Lauren Houlton, Seungyong Moon
The Jump Room Theory
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One of the main exponents of the ‘Jump Room’ theory is US lawyer Andrew Basiago. In his many texts, talks and interviews, Basiago tells the story of his involvement with several secret space programmes, one of which evolved him using a secret ‘jump room’ teleportation technology. He explains that the devices were disguised as elevators in various buildings in the US.

Amongst the many political implications Basiago alleges is the role of the programmes in what he explains as the pre-ordination of US presidents. According to Basiago, he even met the then-future president Barack Obama when they were both part of the CIA’s ‘Jump Room’ programme.

In 2016, Basiago attempted to run for the presidency himself, building his campaign around his claimed involvement in these secret programmes. After Trump’s win, he seems to have claimed that this too was preordained by Trump’s own involvement in the same secret programmes, but that Basiago himself was confident of winning the 2020 campaign.