Tompkins' spoken word performances are generated from her accumulated typewritten works on newsprint, texts evolving through
the inclusion of misspellings, uneven spacing, retypes, snippets of conversation and the invasion of the everyday life. In
her rhythmical and hypnotic performances, words are given resonance through repetition, juxtaposition and Tompkins' unique
style of delivery, evoking both personal and political associations.
For Generation, Sue Tompkins presents a new public performance, John, I'm Awake drawing on her recent sound works, previewing work from her forthcoming record produced with Electra and Tramway.
Sue Tompkins graduated from Glasgow School of Art and is a key member of its vibrant art and music scene. Her spoken word performances and typewritten scripts come together as disjointed yet succinct texts. In her work, repetition, juxtaposition, misspellings and uneven spacing introduce the potentialities of mis-communication. She has had solo exhibitions in numerous venues, including the Showroom, London and the Modern Institute, Glasgow (both 2007). Tompkins has also performed at institutions and events around the world, notably the British Art Show (2011), the Scottish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2005), and Tate Britain (2006).
Sue Tompkins, John, I'm Awake (2014). Live performance, Tramway, Glasgow, 2014.
Original commission by Electra and Tramway with support from the Elephant Trust.
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Alan McAteer