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  • It's wonderful to be to talk about my journey, to talk about the wheelchair and the freedom it has bought.

  • I started using a wheelchair 16 years ago when an extended illness changed the way I could access the world.

  • When I started using the wheelchair, it was a tremendous new freedom.

  • I'd seen my life slip away and become restricted.

  • It was like having an enormous new toy.

  • I could whiz around and feel the wind in my face again.

  • Just being out on the streets was exhilarating.

  • But even though I had this newfound joy and freedom, people's reaction completely changed towards me.

  • It was a Ziff.

  • They couldn't see me anymore, as if an invisibility cloak could descend it.

  • They seem to see me in terms of their assumptions of what it must be like to be in a wheelchair.

  • When I asked people their associations with the wheelchair, they used words like limitation, fear, pity and restriction.

  • I realized I'd internalized these responses and it changed who I waas on a core level.

  • A part of me had become alienated from myself.

  • I was seeing myself not from my perspective, but vividly and continuously from the perspective of other people's responses to me.

  • As a result, I knew I needed to make my own stories about this experience.

  • New narratives To reclaim my identity, I started making work that aimed to communicate something of the joy and freedom I felt when using a wheelchair, a power chair power chair to negotiate the world.

  • I was working to transform these internalized responses to transform the preconceptions that had so shaped my identity.

  • When I started using a wheelchair by creating unexpected images, the wheelchair became an object to paint and play with.

  • When I literally started leaving traces of my joy and freedom.

  • It was exciting to see the interested and surprised responses from people, it seemed to open up new perspectives on their in lay the paradigm shift.

  • It showed that an arts practice can remake one's identity and transform preconceptions by re visioning the familiar.

  • So when I began to dive in 2000 and five, I realized scuba gear extends your range of activity in just the same way as a wheelchair does.

  • But the associations attached to scuba gear ah, ones of excitement and adventure, completely different people's responses to the wheelchair.

  • So I thought, I wonder what will happen if I put the two together on the underwater wheelchair that has resulted has taken me on the most amazing journey over the last seven years.

  • So to give you an idea of what that's like, I'd like to share with you one of the outcomes from creating this spectacle and show you what an amazing journey it's taken me on way, Theo.

  • Most amazing experience Beyond most other things I've experienced in life, I literally have the freedom to move in 3 60 degrees of space on an ecstatic experience of joy and freedom.

  • And the incredibly unexpected thing is that other people seem to see and feel that to their eyes, literally lights up and they see things like, I want one of those.

  • If you can do that, I can do anything.

  • And I'm thinking it's because in that moment of them, seeing an object they have no frame of reference for or so transcends the frames of reference they have with the wheelchair, they have to think in a completely new way.

  • And I think that moment of completely new thought perhaps creates a freedom that spreads to the rest of other people's lives.

  • For me, this means that they're seeing the value of difference, the joy it brings when, instead of focusing on loss or limitation, we see and discover the power and joy of seeing the world from exciting new perspectives.

  • For me, the wheelchair becomes a vehicle for transformation.

  • In fact, I now call the underwater wheelchair portal because it's literally pushed me through into a new way of being into new dimensions and into a new level of consciousness.

  • On the other thing is that because nobody's seen or heard of an underwater wheelchair before on creating this spectacle is about creating new ways of seeing, being and knowing.

It's wonderful to be to talk about my journey, to talk about the wheelchair and the freedom it has bought.

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深海ダイビング...車椅子で - スー・オースティン (Deep sea diving ... in a wheelchair - Sue Austin)

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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