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Motion Disabled by Simon Mckeown

Posted January 24, 2009 12:00 am by admin under Exhibition

Motion Disabled is a moving digital sculpture, created by recording the movements of disabled people as they perform a range of ordinary and extraordinary actions.

24 January 2009 - 25 April 2009

Digital drawing of sculpture by Simon Mckeown

Digital drawing of sculpture by Simon Mckeown © the artist

Motion Disabled is a moving digital sculpture, which uses motion capture technology, the creation of a 3-D representation of a live performance usually associated with animated feature films. It has been created by recording the physical movements of physically impaired people with conditions such as Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy and Brittle Bones.

Still taken from the film Motion Disabled by Simon Mckeown

Still taken from the film Motion Disabled by Simon Mckeown © the artist

The movements carried out during their daily lives have been filmed, such as using crutches, wheelchairs, bikes and unaided physical movements. Sound and motion have also been recorded to simulate bathing, eating, shopping, relaxing and many other actions. The motion capture has been attached to a simple figure of a skeleton which moves on a white background with basic shapes as props.

 

Digital drawing of sculpture by Simon Mckeown

Digital drawing of sculpture by Simon Mckeown © the artist

The five films play out across 5 monitors facing each other in the new atrium area of the gallery, each one forming a separate performance of 15 minutes. Presented alongside are a series of digital 3-D printed maquettes, which physically represent the films, they enable viewers to further engage and explore ideas of normality and difference.

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