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Simon’s challenging work seen in motion

29 September 2009 @TeesUniNews


Thought provoking work which focuses on the movement of disabled actors is making its mark across the country.

Leeds is the latest outdoor venue for North Yorkshire based Simon McKeown’s Motion Disabled project which uses motion capture technology based on the everyday virtual movements of disabled actors. Motion Disabled was created by recording the physical movements of people with conditions such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy and brittle bones. The work enables the viewer to explore ideas of normality and challenge the notion of so-called human imperfection at a time when developments in bioscience are allowing society to make more genetic choices. Simon, a Reader in computer animation at Teesside University, has 20 years industry experience in television and computer games production. Showcased in galleries across the country His project received Wellcome Trust funding which enabled him to work with disability arts organisation Outside Centre based in Wolverhampton, with Motion Disabled since going on the be showcased in galleries across the country. It can be seen in Leeds at the Incarnation of Light Night Festival on Friday 9 October when Disabled Motion will be projected on to a building at Leeds City College Technology Campus from 6.30pm to midnight and will also be previewed on the huge BBC screen in the city square. Motion Disabled will also be exhibited in a major event in South Korea at The World Disabled People’ Culture and Art Festival in October. For more information about Motion Disabled visit

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Evening Gazette (Teesside), 05/10/2009, p.10
Simon McKeown, a reader in computer animation at Teesside University, is the noted producer of a new digital sculpture project highlighting the movements of disabled people.