Sky Diving & Base Jumping

Skydiving Video Playlist

Playlist of a selection of my skydiving videos. Click on playlist arrow to browse and on "i" icon for more information on the video playing.

The relationship between my skydiving and my art practice is unclear; they fight for my ongoing focus. In fact, I have been trying to quit skydiving since 1993, art since 1986. But I keep on doing both.

Over the years, I have brought the two together in a handful of works (see right bar). Sports practice is difficult to transition into art, because sports are already metaphors and full of symbolism and metaphors, such as war, conflict and death. So adding a conceptual layer is a challenge. I have found that focusing on details rather than trying to capture the whole experience is more successful. See for example Liquid Face, 2003.

As of August 19, 2015 I had 2147 jumps including over 800 camera jumps (see a selection in video player above), and 36 hours of accumulated freefall time. From the beginning, I was interested in making photography part of my sport. So, many of my jumps have been documented using 35mm film and digital still cameras, super-8 film, and VHS though DV video. I am currently jumping a SONY Sports Cam AS-15.

Mostly I parachute from planes, but I also have done 34 BASE jumps (i.e from Buildings, Antennas, and Spans). My first Bridge jump was at Bridge day in West-Virginia, 1994. Among other Earth objects, I have jumped off Angel Falls in Venezuela in 1998, and Kjerag cliff in Norway, 2011.  My BASE number is 572.

Since 2009, I have concentrated on wingsuit flying from airplanes, and now have over 400 wingsuit jumps. I was a participant in the 26-way Canadian Wingsuit Formation Record at Parachute Montreal, on August 23, 2014.


Skydiving Photos

Artworks Incorporating Skydiving

Force Majeur image, click to see work
Force Majeure, 2010 [+]
Freefall Fighters image, click to see work
Freefall Fighters, 2009 [+]
Liquid Face image, click to see work
Liquid Face, 2003 [+]
Turning Point image, click to see work
Turning Point, 2002 [+]
Éole, click to see work
Éole, 2002 [+]
Receiving Information, click to see work
Receiving Information, chromogenic colour photo, 1991 (my first artwork incorporating skydiving) [+]