The Jump of Ks


On October 1960, Klein jumped. Deliberately, consciously, rationally even, he decided to totally give up on his precious grains of life. He didn’t do it to become immortal – he jumped, so says the title, into the void of the unknown, that which is behind the common; that which disobeys the ethical.

The Jump

Nevertheless, Klein had the strangest certitude at his heart – a profound belief – that he would live. Maybe, I should be more clear here: Klein believed that he’d be able to come back from the void, and consequently to conquer death.

Death – certainly not what you’ve been thinking of – that end which awaits us all; No, I think that Deleuze’s definition of death, not as a state by its own right, but rather as a void returned by the terminated function of life, the function which performs, since birth, nothing but “dying” – that’s what Klein thought to be overcoming.

By his deep desire to live, Klein gave up on his life, reversing the act of dying, creating a new state of things in which his time capsules were not popping out and collapsing but regenerating themselves – the perpetual odor of birth – with every new grain of time. A complete pleasure.

It was not until two years later, that Klein hit the ground of the void beneath. He died, ceasing to regenerate himself, five months after marrying his beloved wife, Rotraut Uecker, for whom he died two years earlier; for it is said that Rotraut Uecker was present at the moment of the jump.


7 Responses to “The Jump of Ks”

  1. Lili Says:

    I stumbled upon this when i was doing a search on google and I find this so very interesting.

  2. muli koppel Says:

    Thanks Lili

  3. Cindy Says:

    Me, too. Please keep posting your fascinating thoughts.

  4. wwtyd Says:

    Oh my… these pictures are beautiful in their own sense. That’s a gap in education I guess but I didn’t know Klein.

    By the way I stole Deleuzes commentar to Foucault from your article about Levinas for the titleline of my blog.
    There I also have a review of Maurice Blanchots “The Unavowable Community” (to bad it’s in poor english because this is not my mother tongue). He was one of Levinas best friends – what’s interesting, because Levinas, as well as Blanchot and Bataille had some strange passion for death, what also comes out in “The Unavowable Community”.

    and thank you for your great blog!!

  5. muli koppel Says:

    Dear wwtyd,


    i read your entry about Blanchot/Bataille – it’s highly interesting – thanks for reminding this community of Acephale.


  6. Felipe Says:

    Klein was a 4th dan Judoka formed on the Kodokan. The practice of ukemi makes it easy for him to avoid injury in such jump into the void. I concede, though, that this image, along with its intention, evokes poetry.

  7. O.M. Says:

    Wow! Your excellent piece of writing communicates so subconsciously. I thank you for the thought. Allow me to invite you to view my post (which is related to yours) at the following link:

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