spoken word

There is a rich history in the UK of spoken word and sound poetry particularly from Black Londoners whose political philosophy and activism is often central to their work:

Benjamin Zephaniah http://benjaminzephaniah.com/rhymin/

Linton Kwesi Johnson http://www.allmusic.com/artist/linton-kwesi-johnson-mn0000289629

Caroline Bergvall Her sparse textual, spatial and audio works often expose hidden or difficult historical/political events.

http://www.ubu.com/sound/bergvall.html

here are 2 brilliant American women working across many media but whose speaking/storytelling presence has been at the core of their work:

Laurie Anderson (A legend! some clips here but explore her further)

http://www.ubu.com/film/kitchen_anderson.html

Miranda July (now a mostly a feature film maker and writer but I love her earlier performance works)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUVQD4r6R3M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc57X0j_UwM


Vito Acconci ( US artist and poet, quite confrontational and disturbing performance artist- his ‘follow piece’ is notorious!)

http://ubu.com/film/acconci_face.html

Ian Breakwell ( UK multifaceted artist and writer full of wit)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtqjIcI3UWo

Bob Cobbing (a lot of his work is on the Excellent UBUweb sound archive)

Bob Cobbing and others experimenting with sound poetry / concrete poetry/disintegrating language
http://www.ubu.com/sound/konkrete.html

http://www.ubu.com/sound/cobbing.html

(this page is just a start…..)