Commissioned by: pro mente Austria
Year: 2017
Location: Landeskulturzentrum Ursulinenhof, Linz, KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd
Format/Technique: Conference Contribution(10); photography, video, installation; photo and video documentation(11)
Material: Performance, photo print, video
Participants: Artists, cultural workers, the inclusive community des KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd,
cooperation partners, school pupils from the neighborhood, …
Follow-up project: Commission for a video production with managers from pro mente OÖ as part of the project Lead 2030


KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd plays a central role as a site of realization and preparations and as the starting
point for new perspectives. In Jump! KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd became the site of production, and the
theme for the year, “About the Power of Differences. Sometimes the turbulences are so strong that things
fly through the air”, created a space of interpretation for the theme of the conference „40 Jahre Miteinander
für psychische Gesundheit. Ökonomie und Soziales- ein Widerspruch?“ (EN: Business and Social Affairs – A
Contradiction? Together for Mental Health”).
Jump! Moving in the Picture deals with the situation of being ready to jump and the interplay of different forces
and oppositions that are essential for an open and inclusive society. KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd’s colleagues,
participants and newsletter subscribers were invited to present themselves, dressed in black or white, jumping in
front of the camera. Artistic works and popular photographs dealing with jumps were presented as the inspiration for the participants’ own jumps. The resulting photographs of people daring to take a leap were hung on
banners in the staircase. Portraits of the “jumpers” filled the walls of the venue hall, showing the many different
jump formations and participants. A video of the entire process of the jumps was shown at the same time during
the conference, which was visible to everyone in the hall and accompanied the conference guests throughout the
The photos represent the highest point of each jump, and after they were taken down, the pictures were
presented to the participants. The project was intended to provide inspiration, and participation offered an
opportunity to engage with one’s own associations with jumping and the movements of others. For this,
KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd provided as safe space for experimentation, for self-reflection, and for
development. Not only users, but also others were consciously aware of this: a fourth-year class from a neighboring elementary school came to jump together, after the school had already participated in the project
Foto Andraschek & Töchter several years earlier.
Because of the possibilities for in-depth reflection and the expressiveness of the scenario, Jump! was used by
pro mente OÖ as a follow-up project. In the course of a personal development project, ten managers dared to
take a leap and provided statements about their view of management functions