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Simon McKewon

Motion Disabled: Unlimited by Simon Mckeown

Motion Disabled: Unlimited is the 2012 edition of Simon Mckeown’s internationally exhibited exhibition Motion Disabled.

The 2012 impression of the work studies the body and movement of some of the UK’s most famous paralympians and takes the work into new and exciting directions including large scale inflatable sculpture and art led smart phone application.

We are given the chance to watch and study the physicality and movement of the modern day disabled athlete, the paralympian.  Imagine taking time to look at the motion of those who move differently. What if you were invited to find the beauty, the exotic and the normal within their movements and physical form?

Using Hollywood technology Motion Disabled Unlimited records paralympic body shapes and actions and uses 3D software to create a large inflatable sculpture of a disabled athlete, motion captured animations for presentation on public screens and a smart phone application with lots of extra exhibition material.

The work continues to explore Mckeown’s interest in normality and difference and is made up of three distinct sections.. Athletes had their motions captured at Centroid’s amazing facility at London’s historic Pinewood Studios.

A large inflatable sculpture form the core part of the exhibition. In addition a series of motion capture based work featuring the paralympians will be shown, featuring shot putting, basketball, and much more and will be shown in galleries and outdoor. Finally linking everything together will be a small iphone application which will introduce viewers to the exhibition and it’s concepts using high tech but accessible methods.

McKeown who was named DaDaFest International Artist of Year in 2010 takes his work into the large scale with Motion Disabled Unlimited.

Permission to view is granted; cultural identity removed; disabled avatars move.

Two 90 second films are now available on Motion Disabled: Unlimited – the original on from the Push Me Collection and the second, on the Journey so far.

www.motiondisabledunlimited.com

Motion Disabled: Unlimited has been commissioned by the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

This project is part of the London 2012 Festival, is a 12 week nationwide celebration running from June 21st 2012 until the final day of the Paralympic Games on 9th September 2012. The London 2012 Festival will celebrate the huge range, quality and accessibility of the UK’s world-class culture, giving the opportunity for People across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For more details visit www.london2012.com/festival.

For more biographical information on Simon Mckeown.