MISTAKES WERE MADE Publication launch
Friday 26 January 6–8pm; Reading and in-conversation with the artist, 7pm; Screening of John Latham Erth, 6.30pm & 7.30pm
Mistakes Were Made (Edition Taube, 2024) is a new publication by artist Agata Madejska that coincides with her solo presentation at Flat Time House, Grand Habitat Horror Vacui (12 January–18 February 2024). Mistakes Were Made develops Agata Madejska’s ongoing interest into the fissures of institutional power by looking closer at the linguistic structures of contemporary politics. The collection of poems at the core of Mistakes Were Made are deconstructed speeches made by Western leaders between 2016 and 2022 — pronouncements which mark the beginning or the end of a political reign. Transformed into jittering, self-affirming monologues, here, the political content of these public announcements has been removed. Debased of rhetorical action, Madejska’s editing exposes the patterns of persuasion that colour the play of contemporary political practice.
This publication not only brings together transcriptions of these ominous proclamations but positions them next to a range of abstract light-sensitive drawings. Operating in a manner similar to courtroom sketches, these drawings are instinctive gestures made by the artist as she pays witness to the narrative flows of political rhetoric. Loose and ephemeral, they record how the lulling voice of politics infiltrates the body, directing one’s movements through as well as one’s adaptations to life. In an age of ever-increasing radicalisation and shifting narratives within mainstream discourse, Mistakes Were Made asks us to look beyond the facade of our political architecture and to become more cognisant of the grains that dictate our social being.
For the launch event Madejska will give a short reading from the publication, followed by an in-conversation with FTHo Curator/Director Gareth Bell-Jones. The programme for the evening will also include a screening of John Latham's film Erth (1971, 24'20'') specially selected by Madejska.
Aerial Landscapes workshop
Sunday 3 December 2023, 2–4pm
This workshop provides a unique opportunity to combine contributions by the artists and art historians who developed in the Aerial Landscapes publication with the chance to take a hands on dig into the John Latham Archive to explore the book’s aerial premise through the relationship between materials, Artist Placement Group’s (APG’s) practice, and Flat Time House’s archive.
The encounter will be facilitated by, and include contributions from the artists and art historians involved in the Aerial Landscapes publication: Nicky Bird, Katherine Jackson, Onya McCausland and Joy Sleeman.
Free but booking essential, please email [email protected] to reserve a place
Aerial Landscapes Book Launch
Thursday 30 November 2023, 7–9pm
Display available to view by appointment, Wednesday–Friday 12pm-6pm until 15 December
Join us at FTHo for the book launch event of Aerial Landscapes with readings and talks by the authors alongside a presentation of carefully selected artwork and archival materials informing the publication. The book will also be available for special reduced launch price.
Aerial Landscapes is the culmination of four years of development instigated by a one-day event exploring contemporary artists’ engagement with the Five Sisters’ Bings. In discussion with APG founder Barbara Steveni two artists, Onya McCausland and Nicky Bird, and two art historians, Katherine Jackson and Joy Sleeman, presented their investigations into John Latham's approach to site from above as manifested in his 1975–76 APG placement with the Scottish Development Office. This publication pulls together these presentations and discussions shaped by work in the archive of Flat Time House. Together the texts convey four distinct perspectives on aerial landscapes and combine the historical and first-hand with the archive.
The book launch is accompanied by a display of art works and archive materials informing and reflecting on the publication, selected by the contributing artists and art historians from their own work and from the John Latham Archive and John Latham Collection at Flat Time House.
The display will remain available to view by appointment, Wednesday–Friday 12pm-6pm until 15 December.
Please email [email protected] to arrange a viewing.
Wednesday 25 October 11am–2.30pm
Free event but an expression of interest is required to participate. Info below.
This autumn, The Feminist Duration Reading Group hold a special gathering for making and eating stone soup at Flat Time House. Taey Iohe's ongoing ‘Leak’ research is the starting point for this event, which explores the socio-botanical entanglement of excavated land and our wounded bodies through slow metabolic practice. Taey invites a medical herbalist, Rasheeqa Ahmad, and artist, Rachel Pimm, who, together, have broadened the invitation to create a circle of growers, cooks, thinkers and artists involved in daily practices at the critical intersections of land and food to make a stone soup.
Reading the House Contents – Exhibition as Basis for Continued Dialogue
Sunday 15th October 2–4pm
Exhibition and house tour with artist, art historian and writer Michael Corris with exhibiting artists and philosophers as part of First Hand (29 September–5 November 2023).
Keen to not to see an exhibition as the final say in their journeying into art and philosophy, /origin\forward/slash\ have invited Michael Corris (Texas USA based artist and author of upcoming publication Inside Art & Philosophy: An Artist’s Point of View) to meet them at their exhibition and engage them with a public, discursive reading of the works in their show.
Free event, limited capacity, please click here to book via eventbrite
(not) Stupid as a Painter: Contemporary art in the vicinity of Philosophy
Thursday 28 September 4.30–6pm
To mark the opening of First Hand, two contributors to the exhibition, artist Mark Titmarsh and philosopher Sacha Golob (Centre for Philosophy and Art, King’s College London) will discuss the figure of the artist-philosopher. Titmarsh will lead an overview on the history of the relationship between art and philosophy, taking in philosophers who include art in their writing or were significantly changed by their encounter with art, and artists who embed philosophical thinking within their artwork, as well as an examination of artists who write from Robert Smithson to Hito Steyerl. The talk will also introduce the practice of the /origin\forward/slash\ group, of which both speakers are members, and how it is situated within this context.
Followed by exhibition opening and drinks reception 6–8pm
H I D I N G O U T READING PHILOSOPHY IN THE STUDIO/SEEKING CONVERSATIONAL SUSTENANCE
ONLINE: Thursday 20 July 2023 10.30am-12.00pm BST
(Sacha Golob, Marie Hay, Johanna Malt, Hester Reeve, Mark Titmarsh)
Art & Language
Michael Baldwin, Mel Ramsden
Join via zoom:
Online Talk by American Civil Rights Activist, Museum Organizer and Storyteller JoAnne Bland Introduced by Jeremiah Day
Tuesday 27 June 2023 7pm
As part of the exhibition What Is Power?, Jeremiah Day has invited Civil Rights Activist, Museum Organizer and Storyteller JoAnne Bland to contribute a special online talk. Bland grew up and lives in Selma, Alabama and became active in the civil rights movement when she was eight years old – part of the famed ‘Children’s Crusade’, and marched across the Selma bridge with Martin Luther King, Jr. Bland later came to realise the political meaning of memory and went on to co-found the National Voting Rights Museum to preserve the legacy and principles of ‘the struggle’. Her talks deal with the history of the Civil Rights Movement and segregation and the struggle to achieve Voting Rights.
In-conversation with Christopher Steenson and Sasha Engelmann
3 – 5pm Sunday 14 May 2023
As part of the Breath Variations exhibition programme, this in-conversation between artist Christopher Steenson and creative geographer Sasha Engelmann provides an exciting opportunity to hear more from Steenson regarding his practice, his residency at Flat Time House, and his new body of work. Engelmann has been invited to expand on themes present in the exhibition, such as affinitive listening and the poetics of air, through the lens of her own research. As part of the event, there will be an opportunity for the audience to join the conversation and ask questions, as well as to visit the exhibition beforehand and afterwards.
Thursday 23 March 4pm GMT, 6pm CAT
Flat Time House (FTHo) and Wayi Wayi Art Studio and Gallery, are hosting an online ‘Incidental Mpala’ to discuss how a greater platform for Zambian art can support both social change and a greater awareness of sustainable ways of working.
Online event with introductions by Gareth Bell-Jones, Agness Buya and Yande Yombwe. Presentation by Dr. Andrew Mulenga and conversation with artists Benjamin Mibenge, Mulenga Mulenga Jestina and Edith Sampa Chiliboy.
ART & MY CAREER Olivia Hernaïz
14 March 2023 6.30pm Gameplay starts 7pm
The board game Art & My Career created by Belgian-Spanish artist Olivia Hernaïz approaches the under-representation of women and gender minorities in the contemporary art world. This is a special opportunity for players of any gender to play the game and discuss the ideas within it in a mediation session with Hernaïz and specially invited arts professionals, artists and academics.
Olivia Hernaïz: ‘Since the beginning of my career, I faced many challenges related to my status as a female artist. I therefore conceived a game that depicts different careers in the art world in the West. The structure of the game is inspired by the game “Career”, made in the fifties by the American sociologist James Cooke Brown. The content of the game was made on the basis of hundreds of confidential testimonies of female and male players in the art world.’
From artist to curator, including professor, gallerist, art educator, art historian and museum director, the participants are invited to put themselves in their shoes in order to better understand their work conditions and their struggle. The playful form of the game makes it possible to subtly approach this sensitive subject. The game sessions aim to open the dialogue and allow participants to express their opinions, share their gaming experience and, if appropriate, reflect on their personal stories.
Very limited places, to book a place click here
Being, Making, Becoming: Women’s Art Library
Thursday 3 November 2022, 6.30-8pm
Online and In Person at Flat Time House (doors open at 6pm)
Panel discussion with Dr. Althea Greenan, Curator of the Women’s Art Library (Goldsmiths), Chloe Turner and Lauren Craig, reflecting on their experience of engaging with the WAL and the screening of a newly commissioned film by Holly Antrum on the WAL.
The spirit of the Women's Art Library, as a space of Being, Making and Becoming, manifests in the traces left behind by the people who have passed through the space since its formation. It is a place that connects people and ideas across generations, movements and geographies. It began as the Women Artists Slide Library, an artists' initiative that developed into an arts organization publishing catalogues and books as well as a magazine from early 1983 to 2002. WAL actively collects slides, ephemera and documentation of women’s art practice, and functions as a creative space for artists, curators and researchers to convene, explore and make new work. The event will celebrate the work of Dr. Althea Greenan, Curator of the Women’s Art Library, and will highlight how the archive has been used and experienced, its value as an intergenerational resource for political and artistic activism, and the possibilities and tensions of the WAL as a sanctuary and explorative space within a larger institution.
The event also coincides with the release of a film commissioned by Art360 by Holly Antrum on location at the Women’s Art Library with contributions from some of the many artists, curators and researchers who have engaged with and made new work at the WAL.
Organised by Art360 Foundation
Archive of Destruction Reader I Publication launch
Tuesday 4 October 6.30–8pm
Join us to celebrate the publication of the first Archive of Destruction reader.
Curator and writer Jes Fernie will introduce the archive and the reader at 7pm. She will be joined by Gareth Bell-Jones (Director, Flat Time House) and Jo Melvin (curator and writer) who will briefly respond to the provocations embedded within the archive.
The reader includes conversations, texts, stories, artworks, and pictures by artists, curators and writers, including Joe Namy, Marianne Wagner, Kasper König, Britta Peters, Vanessa Onwuemezi, Marysia Lewandowska, Horacio Zabala, Candice Purwin, and Joanna Rajkowska.
SITE REPORT BOOK LAUNCH
20 September 2022 6.30–8pm
Theatrum Mundi is pleased to invite you to the launch of Site Report, its latest book by Glasgow based artist Rhona Warwick Paterson. The book was commissioned as part of Rhona’s fellowship with Theatrum Mundi. Rhona is a visual artist, poet and research practitioner whose principle research interests have focussed on the contexts and processes of creativity in response to urban space.
Flat Time House will host the launch of the book with a public reading of the text introducing some of the characters inhabiting the book.
Show and Tell on How to Dwell in the House of Art
Online Wednesday July 27 11am BST
The /origin\forward/slash\ group, currently on a digital placement at Flat Time House, invite you to a live presentation by five of their members:
How can art be a location or place of ‘dwelling’ in our contemporary situation and why should it matter to us? What does it mean to be ‘at-home-in-the-world’ and if, as Heidegger maintained, we are suffering from the ‘plight of homelessness’, does this imply that domestic, artistic or philosophical action is called for? Maybe all these areas need to combine and risk blurring boundaries (we call this the ‘Heidegger Lasagne’)? We welcome you at our virtual table where each of us shares through thinking and materials their current location in the House of Art. Presentations will be followed by open discussion together. We are particularly keen to honour video link technology’s role during the past few years in affording relationships, connections and idea formation across the planet.
BEYOND IMAGE An evening of live music and visuals curated by patten
Tuesday 5 July 7pm–late
patten x Boyle Family (live)
Silvia Kastel (live)
Flora Yin Wong (live)
Mark Leckey (DJ)
Organised by Flat Time House and the Roberts Institute of Art
Venue: Peckham Audio 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST
Free, but limited capacity, 18+ only, booking essential. Book tickets via DICE or eventbrite
Event Structure: Holistic Reading Room
10 March–10 April
WATCH EVERY THURSDAY FROM 00:00 TO 24:00 GMT
Grace Ndiritu, Event Structure: Holistic Reading Room, 2022.
Video, 7 minutes 31 seconds.
Part of the series Healing The Museum. Performance at Flat Time House, March 2022.
Co-commissioned by Flat Time House and the Roberts Institute of Art.
Grace Ndiritu Event Structure: Holistic Reading Room
Sunday 6 March 2–4pm
For Event Structure: Holistic Reading Room artist Grace Ndiritu will lead a group reading of John Latham's text Event Structure, which focuses on ‘Deep Time’ and group work. The reading will be interspersed by silent meditation breaks led by Ndiritu. Ndiritu’s intervention seeks to transform notions of group experiments from history to the present day through social practice. This commission reveals a resonance between her practice and Latham’s lifelong aim to bring reflective and intuitive modes of thinking to wider society – most clearly manifested in his work with the Artist Placement Group, a pioneering organisation that negotiated placements for artists within industry and government.
JOHN SMITH: SLOW GLASS
12 February 2022 Doors 5.30pm Screening 6pm
FTHo is delighted to screen John Smith's influential 1988-91 film Slow Glass, as part of Anna Barham’s current exhibition /S/T/R/O/B/E////L/I/C/K//// . For this special event at FTHo John Smith will introduce Slow Glass with Anna Barham, who has chosen to present the film for its parallels with her own newly produced work, its investigation of image and language, and resonance with John Latham’s thinking.
Renowned for its formal ingenuity, subversive wit and oblique storytelling, John Smith's significant film and video works have been shown in museums, galleries and cinemas around the world for more than four decades.
This event is free but booking is essential
We may be ready to have verbal intercourse (trailer)
24 November 2021–13 February 2022
ANNA BARHAM, We may be ready to have verbal intercourse (trailer)
2017, HD video, 2 minutes 23 seconds
Presented as part of Anna Barham's exhibition /S/T/R/O/B/E////L/I/C/K////, 25 November 2021 – 13 February 2022.
Natural Dye Workshop with Rachel Jones
Sunday 3rd October 2-4.30pm
Learn to make dye from alkanet roots retrieved from the Flat Time House garden during the garden’s current renovation with natural dyer Rachel Jones. Discover a range of other plants in the immediate area which can be used for dye, along with dye processes to make site-specific, time-specific colour palettes.
During the workshop you will have access to a detailed archive of natural dyes from the 1970s with digital access after the workshop for future experimentation.
The workshop is suitable for all abilities and ages. Materials are provided. We request that workshop participants wear a face covering whilst indoors if they are able.
Workshop is free but places are very limited.
The event is now fully booked but places are likely to come up on the waiting list.
Click here to book a place on the waiting list