Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye ART DECO ZEBRA CROSSING
14–31 October 2021 Open Thursday–Sunday 12–6pm
Flat Time House presents Art Deco Zebra Crossing, a new performative exhibition by Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye in collaboration with Intoart.
Amooquaye’s practice integrates the visual, written and spoken word through print, text, image and live performance. For this project, after two years in discussion with John Latham’s poetry, writing, and the domestic space of FTHo she has brought these elements together for a new performance piece alongside a series of new paintings.
Central to the presentation is a stage set comprised of a velvet dressing screen and silk wall hangings that act as a backdrop for the performance of a poem written and performed by Amooquaye and presented here as a short film. The works are made with the domestic scale of Flat Time House in mind. To perform the poem, she has designed a bespoke printed silk dress featuring hand drawn motifs that reference recurring themes in the text. Completed in 2021, the performance builds on previous performances 'The Vocal Project' at Peer, London (2018), and ‘Dress Poems’ at Museum Texture Kortrijk, Belgium (2017) exploring the intersections of writing, scenography and performance.
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.
Thursday – Saturday 12–6pm for temporary exhibitions
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JOHN LATHAM COLLECTION CATALOGUING
In addition to the John Latham archive, Flat Time House is home to a collection of John Latham artwork which until now has never been the subject of sustained investigation. A new research space for these items is currently being developed by AHRC funded researcher Sean Ketteringham to allow greater access to the materials by both education groups and artists. The cataloguing of the collection will build upon the experimental structure of the John Latham Archive. The creative archival methodologies we employ explore how cataloguing and storage processes relate to Latham’s ideas of knowledge and confusion, destruction, authority, community, and landscape.
/origin\forward/slash\ is the infrathin banner under which, behind which and through which a band of artists and philosophers are exploring their mutual fascinations and antagonisms with Martin Heidegger’s essay The Origin of the Work of Art (1950).
Currently on a remote placement due to Covid 19, the group have extended John Latham’s body-based floor plan of Flat Time House with an additional virtual room, ‘the other hand.’ Here they co-habit from time to time, using the web interface as a way of experimenting with formats for visual and verbal thinking together and adding victuals to their archive cabinet.
The /origin\forward/slash\ group are Steven Claydon (Independent), Marie Hay (De Montfort University), Sacha Golob (Kings College, London), Jo Malt (Kings College, London), Hester Reeve (Sheffield Hallam University), Mark Titmarsh (University of Technology, Sydney), Georgios Tsagdis (Leiden University | Erasmus University Rotterdam). This project is lead by Hester Reeve (Reader in Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam University) in association with The Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts (Kings College London).
The /origin\forward/slash\ group will host a live online event in June 2021 and launch an exhibition at Flat Time House in 2022.