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5 March 2012

Documenting the Process: BBC Inside Out at 7.30 pm on Monday 5th March

As an Unlimited commission, 'Creating the Spectacle!' is a project which presents an ambitious and unprecedented series of live performances of a self-propelled underwater wheelchair that leaves traces of its freedom as it flies along mid water with its human occupant.

BBC’s Inside Out have been closely following the progress of the project and are airing their documentary showing the fascinating development of the underwater wheelchair, and footage of its testing both in the pool and in the sea, this evening, Monday 5th March 2012 at 7.30pm on BBC1.

Those ground breaking performances to come in 2012 will include a descent into the water and heroic journey across the mouth of Fleet Lagoon on 27th June as Dinosaurs Not Allowed, local school children and informed participants gather to celebrate this new-found freedom on the banks of Chesil Beach and Fleet Nature Reserve. 

In August, live performances in the pool at Osprey Leisure Centre, Portland, will take place as part of B-side Multimedia Arts Festival within Maritime Mix - London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.

On 29th August this will include a procession which bears the underwater wheelchair aloft then releases it down a nearby slipway before the spectators watch as it leaves a red trace of its journey straight out to sea. 

Afterwards a screening of a unique 360-degree film of the underwater wheelchair flying free in tropical waters can be viewed at the ICCI 360 Arena in Weymouth.  It promises to be a spectacularly different experience.

This surprising and unexpected juxtaposition is proving to be a powerful vehicle for transforming preconceptions about the wheelchair in the mind of the viewer as they then become part of the artwork too.

Conceived by artistic director, Sue Austin, and produced through Freewheeling, using the expertise and support of many local (Dorset), national and international businesses, this project aims to generate a widespread public debate about the nature/value of a contemporary arts practice shaped by the experience of disability.