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.
Constellations - Artist Open Call 2019
Flat Time House is delighted to announce the open call for Constellations, a research and development programme for artists who are working with socio-political issues, community-oriented practice and/or public contexts. The programme supports artists who are interested in further developing their practice, collaborating with others, and accessing new networks, with the opportunity to study and research at FTHo between monthly workshop sessions.
A working group of 8 artists from across the UK are selected to come together and collaborate in monthly workshops. For the duration of Constellations artists experiment with and refine existing models for co-creation and social practice, or propose different models altogether.
Constellations is organised in partnership with Up Projects as part of the programme 'Live Research' and builds on the first Constellations programme that concluded last year. This new programme will run from April 2019 to January 2020 offering artists the chance to take part in a series of two-day, monthly workshops.
This opportunity is open to artists based in the UK and all eight artists will receive a £750 fee for taking part on the programme.
Submission Deadline - 3rd March 2019
Programme start date: 8th April 2019
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
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 21st March - Bluecoat, Liverpool
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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Incidental Futures at Summerhall, Edinburgh
Saturday 23 February 2019
2pm, Anatomy Lecture Theatre - FULLY BOOKED
Join Incidental Unit (IU) as artist Anthony Schrag hosts the first meeting of the Incidental Futures (IF) programme. First came APG, then O+I and now IU. Find out more about this lineage of radical artistic practice and feed into our current research into their impact on socially engaged, public facing practice today. Through the ‘incidental meeting’ format we will come together to attend to APG’s unfinished business.
The IU was developed with original members of the Artist Placement Group (APG, 1989 - 2009) and its successor, Organization + Imagination (O+I, 1989 - 2009). Since 2016, the IU seeks to reignite and enrich debates around the role of the artist in contemporary society and, more specifically, around current modes of socially engaged practice in the UK.
Incidental Futures is the first touring public programme organised by IU. Through ‘incidental meetings’, IU invites participants to join these public events and is calling upon all to share thoughts and practice to attend to the APG’s ‘unfinished business’. This programme aims to collect material, facilitate conversation and inspire action.
Jes Fernie – Curator in Residence
January - February 2019
Independent curator and writer Jes Fernie is Curator in Residence at Flat Time House in January and February 2019. She will be developing her Archive of Destruction project,a critical analysis of public artwork made over the last century that has been destroyed by natural causes or by human action through fear, boredom, greed, decay and love. She will be looking into FTHo archives and developing partnerships in Amsterdam, Great Yarmouth and London.
Event - Friday 15th Feb 4-6pm
Incidental People is a week long event at Flat Time House organised by Joanne Tatham with students from the Royal College of Art MA Sculpture programme.
The week will culminate at Flat Time House with a presentation of ‘propositional artworks’ from the participating artists: Oisin O’Brien, Hannah Schmutterer, Meriel Clarke, Tristan Pigott, Audrey Roger, Syed Zaman, Sasha Cherkasova, Dolly Kershaw, Clara Pereda, Federico Piccolo, Flore Mycek, Lucy Bird, Oliver Collins and Georgia Adams.
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.
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.
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
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.