Video: Sue Tompkins’ ‘Grease’

Sue Tompkins’ performance works are compilations of finely wrought phrases that skip, stutter and slide through the spoken word. Using repetition and rhythm as counterpoints to content, Tompkins builds richly patterned scenarios that shift between the quotidian and the abstract. Tompkins plays upon the two aspects of human sound production – use (words) and quality (voice) – creating points of rupture between the expectations of the word and its delivery.

As part of THE VOICE IS A LANGUAGE, Tompkins will present a new spoken word work My Dataday (2008/10), while the documentation video presented here is from her live performance ‘Grease’, performed at Tate Britain, London, 9 December 2006.

‘Grease’ appears courtesy the artist and Tate Britain.

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