First meeting of this course begins at Flat Time House in Peckham.
The current exhibition is "The Mental Furniture Industry" http://www.flattimeho.org.uk/project/88/
Which is going to be very interesting not only in relation to this course but in terms of the Public School itself and some of the issues on responsibility, structure and power dynamics raised at the last meeting of The Committed.
29th June—4th August '13
An exhibition including archival printed matter, video and original artworks from three radical pedagogical activities of the late 60s; The Anti-University, The Hornsey Sit-in and Alexander Trocchi's sigma project, with new contributions from Adelita Husni-Bey & Park McArthur, Jakob Jakobsen, Sarah Pierce and Olivia Plender & Patrick Staff.
Institutionalised education and standardised pedagogical practices are principal activities of the Mental Furniture Industry* (MFI). Likewise, the tools of this trade - books and language - are the apparatus of learnt knowledge and received opinion. John Latham held a deep suspicion for the hierarchies and methodologies of educational institutions and was directly involved in each of the three public insurgences examined in this exhibition; as an alternative pedagogue (The Anti-University), a guest speaker and artist (The Hornsey Sit-in) as well as a skeptical interlocutor (sigma project). Alongside a small, accessible archive there will be selected works produced by the artists and writers involved in the collective activism.
This is an introductory session, so please any bring ideas and material you might have. Please refer to the course for further details.
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, John Latham opened his door to anyone interested in thinking about art. It is in this spirit that Flat Time House opened in 2008 as an archive, artist's residency space and gallery with a programme of exhibitions and events exploring the artist's practice, his theoretical ideas and their continued relevance.