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Personal Statement

Dr Keir Williams is a creative technologist, educator and researcher. Underpinning his approach to all three is a philosophy that recognises the potential for art, design and technologies to make and take on practical and effective roles in wider society and culture.

His research and practice considers participatory processes and structures in relation to accessibility, performance, advocacy and the potential of ‘playing the fool’ in all three. He is works full time as a teaching fellow (undergraduate and post-graduate) in design thinking at the Centre for Innovation, University of Bristol . His time is currently divided between his role as researcher, lecturer and creative technologist. Whilst there are some distinctions in the aims and approaches within both these role, it is important that the skills and experiences acquired in one inform the others. If you’re interested in any of Keir’s work or hiring him please: 

  • Qualifications

    Dr Keir Simon Ayodele Williams BA (HONS) MA MSc PhD PGCertHE

    NAT DIP ART & DESIGN, Abingdon College, 2000-2001 [Distinction]

    BA (HONS) FINE ART, Birmingham City University, 2001 – 2004 [First Class]

    MA Fine Art, Birmingham City University, 2007 – 2008 [Distinction]

    MSc Media and Arts Technologies, Queen Mary University, London, 2009 – 2010 [Distinction]

    PhD – Title: Digital Media in a Special Needs Classroom: A Study, Queen Mary University, London, 2010 – 2016

    PGCERT HE: Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of the West of England, 2015-2016

  • Teaching

    Technical Demonstrator
    London College of Fashion, media production and design, 2014-2015
    Birmingham City University, media production and digital art pratice , 2004 – 2008

    Workshop Leader
    Glastonbury festival 2004-2015
    Secret garden festival 2010
    Boom Town 2010-2015
    Shambala festival – 2001-2016
    Charlie Chaplin’s Play Venture – 2008-2010
    Oasis Play Venture – 2010-2014

    Visiting Lecturer
    IT University of Coppenhagen, Denmark – Digital Media BSc 2016, 2017
    Digital Media BSc – Hong Kong Institute of Design 2016, 2017

    Associate Lecturer
    Visual Arts MA – Birmingham City University 2007
    Fine Art Digital MA – Camerwell College of Art 207-2015

    Senior Lecturer
    Digital Media BSc, University of the West of England 2015 – 17

    Programme Leader
    Digital Media BSc, University of the West of England 2016 – 17

    Teaching Fellow
    Design Thinking, Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Bristol

    Courses Written and Supervision.
    Technology and fine art practice – Arts MA programme, Birmingham City University
    User experience – Digital Media BSc, University of the West of England
    Interaction Design – Digital Media BSc, University of the West of England
    Virtual Reality MA programme (consultant) – University of the West of England
    Design Thinking – Digital Media BSc, University of the West of England
    Internet of everything – Digital Media BSc, University of the West of England
    Creating with Data – Digital Media BSc, University of the West of England
    Being Human – Centre for Innovation, University of Bristol
    Designing with Difference – Centre for Innovation, University of Bristol (MSc)
    Live Client Briefs, Centre for Innovation, University of Bristol (MSc)
    Masters dissertation supervision – MA programme, Camberwell college of Arts
    Creative Technologies Project Supervision – Digital Media BSc, University of the West of England

    Fellow of the Higher Education Association (FHEA)

  • Research

    Peer Esteem
    Reviewer, Digital Interactive Systems 2016, 2017
    Reviewer Computer, Human Interaction 2014, 2016
    Interview Panel – DCRC Research fellow in Interactive Factual Media 2017
    Member of DCRC – Digital Culture Research Centre, Bristol 2017

    Research Assistant
    Visualisation Research Unit (VRU) , Birmingham city university, PI Professor Gregory Sporton

    Fine Art Digital Environments (FADE), Chelsea college of arts, PI Professor Paul Coldwell
    ‘Fun with Cancer Patients’, Brian Lobel, Fierce festival and Warwick Sociology department, PI Dr Cath Lambart
    ‘SmartLab Digital Creativity Project’, w. Threeways school, Futurelab, Arts Council England and Creative Partnerships CCE (Creativity, Culture and Education)

    Awards and funding
    AHRC Preparation for research bursary, £25,000
    EPSRC Doctoral training school bursary, £80,000.
    Chelsea college of arts small research grants, and projection mapping – £2000
    Arctic Dialogues, ACE, British Council, Arts Council Norway, Nordland Akademi. – £40,000

    Journal Articles:
    Abigail Durrant, Jonathan Hook, Roisin McNaney, Keir Williams, Interpersonal expression in the special educational needs classroom: An experience-centred design case study, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction

    Durrant, A., Hook, J., McNaney, R., Williams, K., Smith, T., Kipling, M., … & Olivier, P. (2013). Design to Support Interpersonal Communication in the Special Educational Needs Classroom, IDC 2013, New York.

    Williams, K., and Poolman, C., 2010 “This Fish is Reversing: touretteshero and Foucault’s concept of articulation.”  Gobsmacked: Getting Speechless In Performance, Queen Mary’s University

    Green, J., Williams, K., & Sporton, & 2007, ‘The Networked Multi-disciplinary Performance Environment’, 2000+Seven Symposium, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queens University, Belfast.

    Williams, K, Stockman, T., Self Advocacy and Digital Story Telling for Children with Special Educational Needs. IDC 2013, New School, New York.

    Williams, Keir, 2012  “Perspectives on Participation: Evaluating Cross-Disciplinary Methods, Techniques and Practices”, Digital Interactive Systems, Culture Lab, Newcastle University, Newcastle.

    Keir Williams, David Meckin, Nick Bryan-Kinns and Tony Stockman, 2012, ‘Undertaking embedded research in the design of interactive technologies for children with special educational needs’ IDC 2012, Bremen, Germany

    Keir Williams, David Meckin, Nick Bryan-Kinns and Tony Stockman, 2012, “HCI Research in Sensitive Contexts: Ethical Considerations” BCS HCI 2012, Birmingham University, Birmingham.

  • Practice

    Funding and Awards

    Arts council England – £3000, POP & DID
    Arts council England – international development grant £2000 (ARS Electronica funding)
    Chelsea college of arts small research grants, and projection mapping – £2000
    Longhouse, Action Resarch Commission – £5000
    Nordland Academy of Art and Science, Norway, Arctic Circle – £15,000
    Erasmus+, International Research Exchange £2000

    Public Collections

    Desert Island Dubplates – Bristol Culture Collection (Bristol City Council)

    Selected Exhibitions

    2018 Desert Island Dubs, MShed Bristol
    2017 Arctic Dialogue – Neptun, Arctic Circle
    2017 Adventures in Biscuitland – TATE Modern with touretteshero
    2016 Artist//Developers – Norland Academy of Science and Arts, Norway, Arctic circle
    2015 Leviathans’ Electrolarynx – Audiograft Festival & Oxford Museum of Stories
    2014 “We Forgot the Lot” (Gallery Life Project) – TATE Britain
    2013 Grow Up! – The Accountants Pop Up Gallery, Group show – London.
    2011 Perform Or Else, Grand Union- Birmingham
    2010 Digital Noise – Stephen Laurence Gallery – Greenwich University – London
    2009 ‘Rob Ring: A Tribute’ – Flatpack Festival – Birmingham
    2008 ‘Firefly’ – Instituto de Artes da Universidade Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil
    2008 ‘Word, Sound & Power’ – New Generations Arts – Birmingham.
    2005 Romantic Detachment, Residency, Chapter Arts Centre – Cardiff
    2005 Romantic Detachment, w. Grizedale Arts, P.S.1 Gallery [MoMA] – New York