chris+keir (Christopher Poolman and Keir Williams) are a performance-orientated duo interested in the valorisation and affirmation of pejorative sensibilities (silliness or stupidity for example). For a long time, we had an unhealthy infatuation with ‘Canada’s Greatest Video Artist’ Rob Ring; this obsession was consummated in The Rob Ring Foundation – a solo show at The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London in 2009.
Work includes a conference paper on Tourette’s and a performance night where we will be attempting to find a punchline to the following joke: What is the difference between Bruce Nauman’s Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square and Monty Python’s The Ministry of Silly Walks? chris+keir have also run monthly family workshops at the ICA; a performance work with young people at the Tate Britain in association with touretteshero: lived in a big brother style house broadcast live in central Birmingham and been mistaken for an Art power couple at various international arts festivals.
The Rob Ring Foundation, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London 2009
Video Progetto, 26cc Rome / Grand Union Birmingham, May 2010
I Heart Video Art, CAFKA, Kitchener Canada, February 2010
Other Projects, Grants etc:
This Fish is Reversing, Conference paper (& video), Gobsmacked: Getting Speechless In Performance, Queen Mary’s University, 2010 (see Sounds and (Non)sense, Contemporary Theatre Review, Volume 22, Issue 1, 2012
Perform Or Else (chris+keir V Melville Mitchell), Grand Union, February 2011
The Rob Ring Foundation (collaborative project with Canadian artist Rob Ring):
Action Research Bursary, Longhouse / Multistory, June 2008
FADE Research Grant, Sept 2008
R & D Grant, Arts Council England, Aug 2008 Flatpack Film Festival, March 2009
Unity Panda, Coventry Art Space Bursary, August 2009 (with Jonnet Middleton)
Project Our Pubs (pub nationalisation project at The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath) and Digital is Dangerous (residency at Jibbering Records, Birmingham) 2008. Supported by Arts Council England
Flat / Screen, New Generation Arts, (residency in a city centre flat), 2006. Supported by NGA & BBC
Roland magazine 7 features as interview with chris+keir and Louis Moreno from Urban Laboratory exploring workshops they devised in response to the ICA’s main programme during 2012/13. chris+keir have also run workshops at UAL (Camberwell & Wimbledon), Greenwich University & Tate Britain.