MotionDisabled:Faces is a new and stunning time based installation by artist Simon Mckeown which playfully explores perceptions of the human face and voice using audio and facial motion capture animation.
Featuring a number of disabled actors – words and poetry along with emotions such as joy and sadness are all digitally mapped and manipulated to explore difference and belonging.
The process uses techniques normally associated with feature films and computer games to create an amazing and immersive experience supported by an interactive website.
Motion Disabled: Faces launched in May 2013 at The Public in West Bromwich.
‘All for Claire’ is a 7 minute disability related 3D animation completed for exhibition on the BBC city centre screens during November and December 2010. Commissioned by DadaFest International as part of the DadaVisions New Visions Project and featuring Claire Cunningham as a motion capture actor.
In 2011 it won Best Experimental Film at Deafest 2011. It has since been shown in festivals across the world and scheduled for many more.
An extension to ‘Motion Disabled’ featuring performer Claire Cunningham, for exhibition and out door projection in both Liverpool and Glasgow and worldwide during November and December 2010. The exhibition work was also shown at the prestigious BlueCoat Gallery in Liverpool and the Trongate 103 Gallery in Glasgow as well as internationally in 17 countries and over 20 locations.
For more information please visit: Dadafest2010-Motion-Disabled-Projection
‘The Beaten’ is a short film by Simon Mckeown released in Summer 2011. The legendary UK disabled actor and star of the BBC's Silent Witness Liz Carr stars in a hard-hitting drama about the potential despair disabled people are facing in the future. Set in a single room, Liz Carr’s performance is a tour de force of emotion and vulnerability. Written and directed by artist and filmmaker Simon Mckeown, The Beaten questions societies attitude to care and domination. Supported by the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund and 104 Films.