VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Sue Tompkins

Sue Tompkins (b. 1971) is a British visual and sound artist based in Glasgow. Working with fragments of language gathered from everyday encounters and experiences, Tompkins’ practice incorporates text, sound, installation and performance. She was vocalist for the now defunct indie rock band Life Without Buildings. Sue Tompkins uses the spoken and written word delivered in a deceptively simple and direct fashion. The written word comes first: she accumulates copious amounts of notes over a period of time then edits and refines them to create disjointed yet succinct texts that combine repeated words with constructed phrases to evoke imagery, emotion and ideas. These eclectic fragments are presented as text on newsprint paper or as spoken word performances. Their rhythm and style are indebted to her experience of being in a band but are also notable for the starkness of their hypnotising delivery. Performances such as Country Grammar 2003, More Cola Wars 2004 and Elephants Galore 2005 are read from up to 300 pages worth of notes. She has presented performances and been included in numerous group exhibitions including: Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; the 29th São Paolo Biennale, São Paolo; the British Art Show 7 at the Hayward Gallery, London and touring; MACBA, Barcelona; ICA and the Tate Modern, London; and Artists Space, New York. Tompkins recently produced web-based project, My Kind Book with Dia Art Foundation (New York, 2012) and has a collaborative publication with her twin sister Hayley Tompkins, through and through, published by LemonMelon in 2013.

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