Motion Disabled Projection

Artists impression of projection onto Georges Dock ventillation tower

Simon Mckeown

Friday 3 December | 6pm – 12 midnight
Venue: George
Tickets: Free public event

Motion Disabled launches internationally on December 3rd 2010. Promoted by VSA Arts of Whasington D.C. USA and Dadafest International 2010 – Motion Disabled is being exhibited all over the globe. Created by artist Simon Mckeown, (and Reader in Animation and Post Production at Teesside University) the project received sponsorship from the Wellcome Trust along with support from Teesside University.

Motion Disabled is a digital exploration of the bodies – the biological pathologies – of people who are physically different. The work makes use of motion capture, a technique more commonly  associated with feature films and computer games, along with 3D animation to create a kinetic connection with the human form – beautiful everyday movements highlighting all the intricacies and uniqueness of each person’s physicality.

It has been created by recording the physical movements of fourteen disabled people who had their movements recorded – their physical signatures captured in 3D forever.

First shown at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in the UK, Motion Disabled has gone on to be exhibited nationally as well as internationally in Australia, South Korea  and at the Smithsonian International Gallery – Washington D.C. USA, in an exhibition organised by VSA Arts, where it was viewed by over half a million visitors over a 3 month period the work enables viewers to engage and explore ideas of normality and difference.

Motion Disabled is due to be shown in both Liverpool and Glasgow during November and December 2010 at the Bluecoat Gallery, the Trongate 103 Gallery and also via two huge outdoor projections on the 3rd of December.  Additionally it will be shown internationally at the same time in an event promoted and organised by VSA Arts.

Mckeown’s latest work in his Motion Disabled series, featuring Claire Cunningham, will be projected onto the George’s Dock Ventilation Tunnel.

To mark the International Day of Disabled People, the projection will be shown simultaneously outdoor in Glasgow on the city centre MET building.

Please note the time  if different to as advertised in the programme. The projection will be shown from 6pm – 12 midnight.

Mckeown has also produced a new video work to be shown on the BBC Screen as part of DaDaVisions and will be showing his work at the Bluecoat as part of Objects of Curiosity and Desire.