Tate Modern Course

Mission to the Land of Misplaced Words

The Data Thieves are on a mission. Language as memory vocalised, this mission will explore our memory around word creation.

Visit them on-board the Sugar Ship, a visual sonic laboratory. Contribute your own words to the data bank and help collect the common words of London today and yesterday. Fron 14:00 you can also participate in a live interview with linguist, Dr Sue Fox about the changes to the way we speak.

The workshop concludes with a spoken word and visual-sonic performance on the stage of spoken words, improvised sound and recorded interviews that are collected from members of public on the day. This is a collaboration between artists Gaylene Gould, dubmorphology and associate artist Caleb Femi.




A visual-sonic performance of spoken words, improvised sound and recorded interviews collected from you, your friends and family throughout the day.


The Data Thieves are a collective of artists including: Gaylene Gould a writer, coach and broadcaster working in the UK and internationally. She has curated for the BFI, Toronto International Film Festival, BBC, Arts Council England  and her short stories have been published in several anthologies. She presents for BBC Radio 4 and supports individuals, writers, artists and creative organisations to transform their process and practice. She is a Faculty member of the lifestyle philosophy enterprise The School of Life. Dubmorphology a London based research, production and performance group who make sound and visual installations. Gary Stewart and Trevor MAthison create imaginative and innovative projects that explore social and political issues. Their practice is based on close collaboration with other artists, institutions, audiences and participants. We create work which emerges from our direct response to the specific site and environment incorporating historical as well as contemporary material and content.  

Caleb Femi is a Nigerian poet, teacher and member of the UK-based SXWKS creative collective.

Dr Sue Fox is a language expert who completed a project called Linguistics Innovators: The Language of Adolescents in London and helped coin the term Multicultural London English. 


Tate Modern

Clore Hub

London SE1 9TG
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Date & Time

25 July 2015 at 12.30–21.30