the billion year spree
8 March - 14 April
Opening 7th March 6.30-9pm
With contributions by: Louis d’Heudieres, Felix Kubin, Julian Mader Max Prediger, Marius Schwarz and Dr. Saskia Steinmann
For her first solo exhibition in the UK, Annika Kahrs presents the billion year spree, a selection of new works using film, performance and installation commissioned in response to and positioned throughout Flat Time House. For the billion year spree she has focused her research into John Latham’s holistic cosmology of time and the universe, and how this might be visualised through time-based music and the atemporality of scores.
The title of the show derives from a 1970’s science fiction encyclopedia by Brian Aldiss, a collection of past imaginings of possible futures. Kahrs brings together her research into Latham with other perspectives via the Max Planck Institute, Berlin, the realm of psychiatric neuroimaging, and the search for cosmic gravitational waves at LIGO. From these starting points her work focuses on systems or forms of communication, interpretation and translation. Using music and sound she shifts or assembles what we hear through a performative process, making timelines intertwine and auditory perceptions interact.
the billion year spree is accompanied by a series of performances, concerts and talks on music, sound and scores.
Playing Houses - Daylong Event by RCA Writing Programme in Residence At FTHo, Artist Run, and Peckham Liberal Club
30 March 2pm - Late
Guest artists and writers include Sally O'Reilly, Megan Rooney, Audrey Reynolds, David Raymond Conroy, Lucy Vann, and Daisy Hildyard.
2pm - 7:30pm Events at Flat Time House & Artist Run
7pm - Late: Event at Peckham Liberal Club
What happens on the threshold where the home and the public meet? What kind of face does a place need to put on to become public-facing – and how can it express welcomeness and be welcomed? When a house tries to make itself hospitable, what happens to us inside?
Join us for a day of workshops, performances and discussion, moving between three neighbouring venues in Peckham. Events include artist demonstrations, writers' seminars, performances, talks, and a 'pub' quiz full of the unexpected. Guests include Sally O'Reilly, Megan Rooney, Audrey Reynolds, David Raymond Conroy, Lucy Vann, and Daisy Hildyard.
Hosted by Flat Time House in collaboration with MA Writing students from the Royal College of Art.
Attendance is free across all three venues and all events but booking is required.
Fluid boundaries of perception - Lecture by Dr. Saskia Steinmann
Thursday 11th April 7-8pm
As part of her exhibition the billion year spree Annika Kahrs has invited a series of guests to create a special programme of performances, concerts and talks. On Thursday the 11th Dr. Saskia Steinmann will conduct a lecture focusing on psychiatric neuroimaging at FTHo.
Event is free, no booking required
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
In-Conversation and Book Launch: Annika Kahrs and Marius Schwarz
Saturday 6th March 7-9pm
7-8pm: Talk: Annika Kahrs in conversation with Gareth Bell-Jones
8-9pm: Book Launch: Marius Schwarz, eee books: Annika Kahrs SKOOBEEE
As part of her exhibition the billion year spree Annika Kahrs has invited a series of guests to create a special programme of performances, concerts and talks. On Saturday the 6th join us for an in-conversation with the artist, followed by the book launch of the eeebook Annika Kahrs SKOOBEEE by Marius Schwarz.
Event is free, no booking is required
Performance Event: Louis d’Heudieres and Annika Kahrs
13TH OF APRIL 2019 3-5pm & 6-8pm
As part of Annika Kahrs' exhibition the billion year spree, Flat Time House is delighted to host performance by Kahrs within her exhibition and the domestic environment of Flat Time House. She will be joined by the composer Louis d'Heudieres with a special concert.
There are two events beginning at 3pm and at 5pm.
Concert: Louis d’Heudieres, it’s about time
Performance: Annika Kahrs, think about the size of the universe, then brush your teeth and go to bed
Tickets are pay what you can, but numbers are strictly limited.
The Impossible University
After some years of nomadic existence, The Impossible University are taking up residence at Flat Time House from the autumn of 2019. We will continue to gather in the insistent and determined spirit of an anti-institution as a place of exchange and camaraderie that might lead to new ways of working or producing.
Sung Tieu - Parrhesiades Launch Event
Sat. 20th April
Flat Time House is delighted to host an event with artist Sung Tieu for the launch of Parrhesiades, a multi-platform project, working with artists for whom language, either written, spoken or otherwise performed, is an important component in the construction of their work. As an online platform, a physical location in SE5, an annual reader and with institutional partners for live events and launches.
February - September 2019
The Incidental Unit touring programme: Incidental Futures is the first public programme organised by Incidental Unit and will explore the ongoing relevance of the Artist Placement Group’s ways of working by hosting six public meetings led by artists at public institutions in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
Through ‘incidental meetings’ IU will invite participants to join these public events, hosted by a commissioned artist local to the venue. Calling upon anyone to share thoughts and practice to continue researching the impact of APG and O+I today, in both the programme and online in the IU Directory. This programme aims to collect material, facilitate conversation and inspire action.
These events will be followed by a large-scale public gathering of 100+ artistic practitioners in London at South London Gallery with special contributions from The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) of the University of Westminster. An online resource will disseminate collected outcomes from the programme.
6.30pm Thursday 18th April - Eastside Projects, Birmingham
2.00pm Saturday 18th May - Spike Island, Bristol
2.00pm Saturday 1st June - Baltic39, Newcastle
6.30pm Thursday 20th June - Manchester Art Gallery
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Visions and Visionaries Guildhall Art Gallery, London
11 December 2018–30 April 2019
Visions and Visionaries opening on the 11th December at Guildhall Art Gallery presents John Latham alongside a host of other visionary artists. included are Sir John Gilbert’s depiction of two knights ambushed by fairies in a moon-lit forest, Marcello Pecchioli’s ‘Alien Priest’, and John Latham’s experimental screen print, NO IT, 1967. These works are presented together alongside work by Edward Burne-Jones, currently, the subject of a major exhibition at Tate Britain; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; John Everett Millais; and Turner Prize-winning ceramicist, Grayson Perry.
Free entry. Guildhall Art Gallery, Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE
ON AIR tours Flat Time House with Gareth Bell-Jones
ON AIR is a series of podcasts presented by Hana Noorali for Lisson Gallery to engage and disseminate the music, poetry, creative writing, radio plays and composition of their gallery artists.
The fifth episode of the podcast 'ON AIR' joins curator Gareth Bell Jones on an audio tour of Flat Time house, the former studio and home of John Latham (1921-2006) located at 210 Bellenden Road, Peckham, London.
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
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.