The Psychopathic Now! Jeff Nuttall’s Bomb Culture and the International Underground
Organised by Strange Attractor Press in collaboration with Flat Time House. Curated by Douglas Field, Jay Jeff Jones and Jamie Sutcliffe
Opening with In-Conversation Event: Friday 23rd November from 6.30pm
Exhibition Continues to 15 December
Out of print for fifty years, Jeff Nuttall's book Bomb Culture (1968) has achieved legendary status as a powerful, informative, and spirited exploration of 1960s alternative society and counterculture. This confessional account of the period investigated the sources of its radical art, music, and protest movements as well as the beliefs, anxieties, and conceits of its key agitators, including Nuttall’s own.
Gathering together many small press publications, fragments of charged ephemera, historical documents and correspondence, The Psychopathic Now! is a modest attempt to illustrate something of the complex milieu out of which Bomb Culture erupted.
The Psychopathic Now! marks the 50th anniversary republication of Jeff Nuttall's Bomb Culture by Strange Attractor Press. The book will be launched at the exhibition opening with an in-conversation with the book’s editors Douglas Field and Jay Jeff Jones, chaired by writer Paul Clinton. Free, no booking required.
THE PSYCHOPATHIC NOW! Reading Group and Film Screening
Saturday 8th December
To accompany The Psychopathic Now! on Saturday 8th December FTHo is hosting a reading group with Emmy Beber followed by a film screening event hosted by Jamie Sutcliffe. You are welcome to attend one or both events. Events are free but booking is required for the reading group.
1-3pm: Reading Group with Emmy Beber
Writer Emmy Beber, editor of The Bodies That Remain (Punctum, 2018), leads a reading group based on Jeff Nuttall’s Bomb Culture, extrapolating a bodily politics of frailty, vulnerability and resilience from the post-atomic condition described by Nuttall's evocative text. Readings will be drawn from Bomb Culture and both contemporaneous and contemporary sources. You are welcome to stay and attend the film screening afterwards.
4-6pm: Film Screening with introduction by Jamie Sutcliffe
Writer and exhibition co-curator Jamie Sutcliffe introduces a selection of films that parenthetically book-end Bomb Culture’s political, psychological and aesthetic concerns. Lindsay Anderson’s March to Aldermaston (1959) and Jamie Wadhawan Cain’s Film (1969) record a journey from popular anti-nuclear demonstration to an interest in the possibilities of anti-psychiatry and the insurrection ‘of a million minds’.
Free, no booking required.
RCA MA Writing Programme Residency
From Autumn 2018 to Autumn 2019
Flat Time House is delighted to announce a new collaboration with the Royal College of Art, MA Writing Programme. For 15 Months between Autumn 2018 and Autumn 2019 students will work with and from FTHo to produce an event or series of events culminating with the group collectively acting as editors of the 2019 edition of NOIT, FTHo's annual journal of John Latham's art and ideas.
This residency continues FTHo’s role as a centre for alternative learning, and will give an opportunity for the students to experience first-hand how an artist or a writer might approach a residency in a collection or public institution. The writing students will have access to the John Latham Archive and will explore Latham’s practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance. The form, nature and content of the events and publication will be determined by the group, but will derive from the context of sessions in the space. FTHo will help guide and inform the students to produce something that takes into the account the context, environment and history of the space, in order to generate something ambitious, while also sensitive and germane.
Flat Time House (FTHo) was the studio home of John Latham (1921-2006), recognised as one of the most significant and influential British post-war artists. In 2003, Latham declared the house a living sculpture, naming it FTHo after his theory of time, ‘Flat Time’. Until his death, Latham opened his door to anyone interested in thinking about art. It is in this spirit that Flat Time House opened in 2008 as a gallery with a programme of exhibitions and events exploring the artist's practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance. It also provides a centre for alternative learning, which includes the John Latham archive, and an artist's residency space.
Flat Time House,
210 Bellenden Rd, London,
SE15 4BW, UK
Thurs - Sun 12-6pm for temporary exhibitions
Open by appointment at all other times - call 0207 207 4845
INCIDENTAL UNIT COORDINATOR ANNOUNCED
We're thrilled to introduce Polly Wright, who has joined us as the Coordinator of the Incidental Unit, a new group formed in 2016 with direct support of the Artist Placement Group (APG - 1966-89), and O+I (1989-2009), in order to continue to develop a rigorous approach to socially engaged art practice today.
Polly's immediate focus will be facilitating the Incidental Futures programme in collaboration with the rest of the Incidental Unit. In 2018-19 the IU is working towards six public meetings at Eastside Projects, Birmingham; Spike Island, Bristol; Summerhall, Edinburgh; Bluecoat, Liverpool; The Whitworth, Manchester; and Baltic 39, Newcastle; followed by a large-scale launch event at the South London Gallery, Peckham. We're delighted this project will benefit from Polly's expertise and enthusiasm.
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NOIT — 4 Reflections
by Noa Latham
NOIT is a creative journal published by Flat Time House. Comprising new writing and visual contributions, NOIT explores the theoretical concerns and artwork of John Latham (1921–2006), and their continued relevance.
The fourth edition, NOIT — 4 Reflections, is dedicated to writing by Noa Latham on his father’s art and ideas. It provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of John Latham’s cosmology printed to date and combines a decades long critical investigation into his fathers work with intimate account of their time together.
NOIT — 4 Reflections is in a new larger format and full colour. It is available for £15
AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE NOW from the FTHo website
Fabriques de contre-savoirs at 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine
Opening: November 8, 7–9pm
49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz, France
Artists: Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, ground (Marlie Mul & Harry Burke), Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Alex Martinis Roe, Eva Weinmayr, accompanied by works and projects by John Latham
For this group exhibition, 49 Nord 6 Est—Frac Lorraine spotlights non-systematic processes of dissemination of information and alternative modes of sharing knowledge. The British conceptual artist John Latham (1921–2006) developed a body of theories that occasionally delved into contradiction, sowing confusion, provoking disapproval, or stirring enthusiasm. His approach constitutes the groundwork of this show, which brings together artistic practices of different backgrounds and generations. The accessibility of knowledge and its arbitrary dissemination raise issues addressed by the artists who explore alternative paths. At a time when the gap between opinion and knowledge is closing, and the relationship between materiality and knowledge is undergoing a profound transformation, the present project introduces approaches that reflect processes of information transmission in order to reevaluate the experiences produced by these practices.
Better Books | Better Bookz Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-culture & the New Avant-garde
Rozemin Keshvani, Axel Heil, Peter Weibel (eds.)
The legendary independent London bookstore Better Books on the Charing Cross Road was the hub for Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi, John Latham, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing, Barry Miles, Gustav Metzger, and countless others, for their ideas and approaches to art, film, literature, and activism. With its unique range of books, offbeat events, poetry readings, film screenings, and happenings, Better Books became the hot spot of London’s 1960s counter-culture scene.
This book is the first to examine this special historic moment, combining previously unpublished texts, documents, and photographs with the voices of the protagonists who authored this revolution.
With Essays by Rozemin Keshvani and Barry Miles and contributions by Philip Cohen, Stephen Dwoskin, John Hopkins, Graham Keen, Bruce Lacey, Gustav Metzger, Jeff Nuttall, Frank Popper, Criton Tomazos, and Islwyn Watkins.
This book follows the exhibition by the same name, curated by Rozemin Keshvani, that was presented at ZKM, Karlsruhe; at Flat Time House, London; and at Trondheim kunstmuseum.