Practice

I am always looking to engage people. Much of my work is premised on collaboration and the creation of participative structures and spaces where people can learn, create and be entertained. I have worked with many different groups of people with a range of backgrounds, from programmers to Methodist ministers, nursery schools children to knitting groups, break-dancers to Tourette’s superheroes. As part of my collaborative practice I worked with artist Chris Poolman for a number of years.

chris+keir

I use a range of tools and mediums to realise my work but I have a strong attraction to the potential of performance and play as a means to open up creative and discursive spaces. I use digital technology in much of his work but this does not define it. Rather I sees the tools and opportunities that digital technologies provide as one of a set of resources that he can call on as a practitioner.

Projects
Brain Dub

Brain Dub

This installation "Brian Dub"used multi-channel audio and multi-screen audio reactive content based on an MRI scan of the artists Brain. Multi-channel Dub by Robin Giorno.

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HiFi/LowFi

HiFi/LowFi

In the course of my MA research I discovered that while new technologies can facilitate new approaches to collaboration and performance their seemingly endless applications means that the creative process itself is in danger of becoming secondary. The promise of…

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A Tribute To The Great Rob Ring

A Tribute to the Great Rob Ring

The Great Rob Ring During the 1890's Rob Ring was widely recognised as Canada's premier Vaudeville star. Renowned for his dangerous and physical slapstick stage act, Rob Ring was the Vaudeville superstar par excellence. Unfortunately, 'The Great Rob Ring' failed…

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This Fish Is Reversing

This Fish Is Reversing

This Fish is Reversing 2010 Video & conference paper at Gobsmacked: Getting Speechless In Performance, Queen Mary’s University Re-enactments of a number of Tourettes Hero’s tic’s as performances. Extract from Sounds and (Non)sense / Contemporary Theatre Review / Volume 22, Issue 1, 2012 (Helena Walsh & Johanna…

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ICA – Performance Art Workshops

ICA – Performance Art Workshops

Keir Williams and artist Chris Poolman developed a series of workshops devised in response to the ICA’s main gallery programme. For the Super Perruque workshop we asked young people to pretend to be ICA cleaners as a means to slowly create our own…

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Random Experiments

Random Experiments

The above is a set of random experiments and projects that where never finished from my early work in the 2000's till today. This playlist is in no particular order.

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Word, Sound And Power

Word, Sound and Power

Video: Installation Detail | Please note the original piece was played through a 30kw sound system and has very low infra bass frequency’s with no treble. I have added a small amount of treble for this web version.

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Speaker

Speaker

Video: Installation walk-through and video detail | Please note the original piece was played through a 10kw sound system with speakers built into the wall and floors using inducers. The installation is designed to have the bass at a physically intimidating…

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The Leviathan Project W. Joe Fairweather-Hole

The Leviathan Project w. Joe Fairweather-Hole

A whale’s voice box; activated when gently touched by the viewer creating a unique whale song. Leviathan’s Electrolarynx is an interactive multimedia sculptural installation. Sound resonates through the physical elements of the installation, making the space itself a speaker or…

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Robert Ringford

Robert Ringford

chris+keir received a bursary from Longhouse to undertake research into the 'bread and butter riots' that occurred in the Black Country during the 18th century. As the project progressed through a number of unsatisfactory permutations, it took an unexpected twist…

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Arctic Dialogues

Arctic Dialogues

As a collective, we are interested in the intersection of performance and technology and more specifically the staging of performance.
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The Rob Ring Foundation

The Rob Ring Foundation

Unlikely ‘collaborative’ project involving re-makes of Canadian artist Rob Ring’s video work via re-enactments of fictional historical events from 19th century early cinema and the 18th century Black country mining community. 2009 Stephen Lawrence Gallery Show / 2009 Longhouse Commission…

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Protect Our Pubs

Protect Our Pubs

Protect Our Pubs Pub Nationalisation Project During 2007, The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath became the HQ for the Protect our Pubs campaign. This was premised on a single fictional conceit: that all English pubs were to be nationalised by 2010. POP…

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The Gallery Life Project (We Forgot The Lot @ Tate Britain)

The Gallery Life Project (We Forgot the Lot @ Tate Britain)

Artist Chris Poolman and myself playfully reworked William H. Whyte’s seminal urban studies text The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, for children with Tourette’s Syndrome and associated conditions as part of Touretteshero & Tate Britain’s event We Forgot The Lot! For the Gallery…

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