Motion Disabled by Simon Mckeown

24 Jan 2009 – 24 Apr 2009

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The Gallery is open Monday — Saturday, 10am — 5pm.

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Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom


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  • The Art Gallery is situated in the centre of Wolverhampton, 5 minutes walk from the bus, train and tram stations.

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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. 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. 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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