Perform - or Else: chris+keir vs Melville Mitchell

25 Feb 2011

Event times

doors open 7.30pm, performance starts at 8pm

Cost of entry


Grand Union

Birmingham, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Train Stations: nearest is Moor Street 10 minutes walk 20 minutes walk from Birmingham New Street

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A Night of Performance Challenges. Curated by Jimmy Lindqvist and Maria Regla Garcia-Bernal 'What performs? Air fresheners, roofing insulation, bicycles, carpets and rugs, powerboats, wallcoverings, drain panels, cleansing towels, car-stereo equipment, bakeware, aquarium filters, tires, fabric, window film, woodworking knives, automotive timing chains, foil containers, audio antennae, deep fat fryers, embossing tools, mop handles, music synthesizers, casement windows' Jon Mckenzie, Perform Or Else (2001) Two artist duos who use ‘forced performance' as a working method, will present an evening of live, alternating performances at Grand Union. Forced performance uses structures, tasks, systems, rules, formulas and instructions as a method of production. In the red corner, chris+keir's performances will incorporate formulaic jokes, shonky wooden contraptions and potentially heretical re-enactments of classic performance work as they search for 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? In the blue corner, utilising the paraphernalia of British drinking culture, Melville Mitchell will undertake a series of formidable tasks placing the pair in both conflict and coalition. Inbuilt flaws and a complex set of undisclosed rules encourage the pair to develop a unified thirst toward a common goal.

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