Sue Tompkins' performances unfold as a stream of consciousness, moving from personal reflections to quotations from multiple, and at times conflicting areas of life. An excessive compilation process underlies the words - page after page of notes, observations, quotes and reflections are collected and then compressed into fragments. The distilling process leaves each word with an undeniable charge - each word is capable of so much meaning even before coming together in the flow of the spoken word delivery. Her performance Hallo Welcome to Keith Street is a new piece, turning to rhythm and repetition, layering, juxtaposition and inversion in a story that is eluded to but never fully resolved.
National Portrait Gallery, London
14 April 2011
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