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British Artist Sue Austin Performs Underwater Thanks To A Specially Adapted Wheelchair

Art can be used for a variety of things. It can be used to decorate the ins and outs of a house, the details of a car, or even the pages of a book. One can also use art to make political statements or draw attention to causes they feel strongly about.

Sue Austin is a British artist who uses her wheelchair to create different forms of art such as installation and performance. There is a uniqueness to her art that only a wheelchair can bring and it is quite beautiful.

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With her reputation, one would think there is something special about the wheelchair. But it is just your standard issue National Health Service chair.

The British artist was commissioned back in 2012 to create a series of events for that year’s Cultural Olympiad. The artist produced a movie showing her explore the ocean in a way that has to be seen to be believed.

“Creating the Spectacle!” as it’s called, shows Sue Austin exploring the ocean near Sharm el Sheik Egypt. Austin swims through the water in a specially adapted wheelchair, making a series of motions and movements that can be described as an immersive dance performance.

While the movie was part of an art performance, Austin hopes that after watching her movie, many places around the UK, and hopefully the world, will make diving a more inclusive activity by adapting other chairs in a similar fashion.

The first time Austin performed with the special chair was back in 2012 I Dorset, U.K.

Her website explains, “she aims to find dramatic and powerful ways to re-position disability and Disability Arts as the ‘Hidden Secret’.

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She argues that this ‘secret’, if explored, valued and then shared, can act to heal the divisions created in the social psyche by cultural dichotomies that define the ‘disabled’ as ‘other’.”

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