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.


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)


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



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


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


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


(this page is just a start…..)