Installation by Bompas & Parr
Traveling fairs have always had an air of other-worldliness to them. Seen as a venue for the pursuit of pleasure, fairgrounds allowed different aspects of society a place to mingle and participate in a multitude of vices. At the fair, unacceptable behavior was accepted against the norms of society, allowing visitors to be familiar and free with each other. Here, visitors could sneak moments of intimacy, enabling the audience to cling, touch and embrace, whilst the world spun them around in a vortex of speed and modernity.
Jump for Joy is designed to increase awareness of the body and to create the thrilling possibility of physical contact between strangers. The concept is geared to heighten perception of the physicality of the gallery and visitor. Originally created for the Museum of Sex exhibition, Funland: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground, created in collaboration between Bompas & Parr and National Fairground Archive with soundtrack by Dom James, Jump for Joy is an interactive installation which embodies the cultural context and history of fairground eroticism.