AGATA MADEJSKA: GRAND HABITAT HORROR VACUI
12 January–22 March 2024 EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND: SPECIAL OPENING HOURS THURSDAY–FRIDAY ONLY 12–6PM
Agata Madejska’s artwork explores the power structures inherent in language and speech. These explorations are often expressed as sound, sculpture and installation, alongside post-photographic processes. Informed by her personal history, of growing up in and migrating from post-communist Poland, Madejska has responded to the space at Flat Time House by expanding and overlaying these narratives with an exploration of the power dynamics of the domestic and intimate. The exhibition includes a series of site-specific interventions for the successive rooms of FTHo such as a padded leatherette floor, a smoke sculpture, spoken word sound piece and a large organza structure, each a specially commissioned artwork or environment. Grand Habitat Horror Vacui is the artist’s first UK institutional solo show.
With a background in photography, Madejska has increasingly pushed beyond the surface of the flat image, expanding into embedded and durational forms. This new body of work examines the parameters of value and revenue by looking at various ideologies of ownership, such as assets; natural and public resources; housing and infrastructure; the woman’s body as commodity; and the body politic at large. Through oblique critique of recent political debates, in Poland and internationally, Madejska scrutinises the structures of persuasion, be they myth or fable, propaganda or spam, gossip or speculation. For Grand Habitat Horror Vacui Madejska questions the articulation of power and how modes of address are used to assemble or disintegrate the public mood.
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.
This book is developed from Aerial Landscapes, a one day event focusing on contemporary artists’ engagement with the Five Sisters’ Bings and specifically Latham's approach to site from above as manifested in his 1975–76 APG placement with the Scottish Development Office. Both event and publication were shaped by dialogues between two artists, Onya McCausland and Nicky Bird, and two art historians, Katherine Jackson and Joy Sleeman, all working 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 contains four chapters: ‘The View from Above’ by Katherine Jackson, ‘Cuthill and the Five Sisters Bing’ by Onya McCausland, ‘Overlay and Overview’ by Joy Sleeman and ‘Layered Over’ by Nicky Bird; with an Introduction by Gareth Bell-Jones and Afterword by Joy Sleeman. Together the texts convey four distinct perspectives on aerial landscapes and combine historical and artistic research and first-hand experience in the landscape and in the archive.
Constellations ° Assemblies 2023 Online Events Programme
July 2023 – January 2024
Taking place between July 2023 and January 2024, Constellations ° Assemblies are free online events open to all artists, curators, practitioners, commissioners, and those working across or interested in public art, social practice and regeneration. Constellations 2023 is curated by UP Projects in partnership with Flat Time House and in association with Liverpool Biennial.
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
Open by appointment at all other times – call 0207 207 4845
What Time is Love?
Participating artists: Nancy Clayton, Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye, Nick Fenn, Christian Ovonlen, Andre Williams, Dawn Wilson, Clifton Wright
Launched in the summer of 2023 What Time is Love? is an ongoing programme of conversations with artists from the Intoart Studio hosted by Flat Time House. What Time is Love? invites the group of seven artists to use Flat Time House as a space to reflect, talk about their practice and think about where they want to go next.
Intoart Writing Residency
Flat Time House and Intoart are collaborating on a new residency that invites the development of new writing through research at Flat Time House and in conversation with artists from the Intoart Studio.
We are excited to announce Amber Hahn as Intoart Writer in Residence for 2023/2024. Amber Hahn is an artist and writer based in Peckham, London. She works with people through different methods of dialogue, collaboration and workshops with an interdisciplinary practice that encompasses installation, sound and choreography. As well as working with the artists over the next nine months, she will spend time with the John Latham archive to draw upon the theoretical ideas and reciprocal relevance between Intoart and FTHo as spaces for alternative education, critical thinking and reflective practice.