PUSH ME is one of the 53 digital arts commissions for the The Space. In collaboration with Watershed, PUSH ME is an invitation into the journey of 12 artists who worked on the London 2012 Unlimited project as part of the Cultural Olympiad focusing on disability.
The Cultural Olympiad formed to showcase and celebrate the artistic and cultural work of the UK during a great Olympic year. As part of the legacy of the Olympiad and the 2012 Games the Big Screens are showing a selection of films, including the PUSH ME works, until the end of the year to commemorate a fantastic year of art.
Total Permission, The Space, is a culmination of all the work produced for PUSH ME. In a year when disabled people are in the spotlight like never before, Total Permission is a ground-breaking documentary made by Bristol-based director John Durrant It brings together 12 ambitious projects from 12 extraordinary artists who pushed the boundaries beyond what many may have thought possible, to perform at the Unlimited Festival, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, a programme that celebrated the work of deaf and disabled artists.
Follow conductor Charles Hazlewood, founder of the British Paraorchestra, as he encounters these 12 artists as they take risks to create their astonishing work. This film will change the way you think - an underwater wheelchair, a bipolar circus, a symphony of sirens...the work is extraordinary yet the creators are not 'Superhumans', they are simply great artists.
Conductor Charles Hazlewood says: “The Southbank Centre Unlimited Festival was a distinct moment in time, an amazing counterpoint to the London 2012 Paralympics. There is no question that a major shift in perspective is taking place, that the world is waking up and greeting - as if for the first time - the extraordinary community of people with disability. Unlimited provided a platform for artists at the top of their game, just as the Paralympics has done for athletes. But the Paralympic Games has taken over 50 years to gain the trust and respect of the world; the arts have a lot of catching up to do. Unlimited felt like the first step on a journey where the outcome must be deeper and fuller integration at all levels for artists with disability, into the mainstream. Unlimited showed us what we had all been missing!”
Watershed’s website has more details about the theatrical premiere of Total Permission, plus you can continue to see the individual PUSH ME films on the Big Screens until the end of the year.
NB. Image © Susan Austin.