Sue Austin is the muse of the 11th Kilowatt Festival. She is an extremist muse.
The “extremist” is someone trying to widen his/her knowledge, going beyond the frontiers and making us look at the world from a new and exciting perspective.
Extremism has an assonance, and it cannot be accidental, with the word “estrus”, expression indicative of natural disposition to creativity. The artists have to be extremist, because they are the forefront of society, they push past their limits.
Sixteen years ago, Sue Austin decided that living on a wheelchair would not have stopped her research for beauty. So she has realized many performances, under the title of “Creating the spectacle!” (www.wearefreewheeling.org.uk). In the latest, Sue immersed herself in the depth of the Red Sea with an unprecedented underwater wheelchair and, together with the photographer Norman Lomax, she documented her experience of freedom. Sue forces us to overturn our pitiful prejudices about wheelchairs and to consider them in a completely new way.
Reversing prospects is the essence of the artistic work. That is why we have chosen this picture as a symbol of the 2013 Kilowatt Festival: both Sue’s life and creativity testify courage, happiness and confidence in the art as a tool for transformation.