Flat Time House
The studio-home of the relentlessly experimental conceptual artist John Latham (1921-2006), in Peckham, South London.
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- Artist in residence
- Temporary exhibitions
- Film screenings
One of Britain's most significant post-war artists, John Latham initially studied at Regent Street Polytechnic and the Chelsea College of Art and Design. Over the course of his career he worked in a wide range of media, including sculpture, installation, film, land art, assemblage and performance, and created a significant body of theoretical writings. In 2003 he declared his home in Peckham, South London a 'living sculpture', assigning to each room an attribute of the human body: the kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom representing the internal organs, and a large book, How the Univoice is Still Unheard, emerging through the building's glass frontage as the 'Face'. Latham named the building 'FTHo' in reference to his concept of 'Flat Time', a cosmological theory based on the idea that 'time and event' took precedence over 'space and matter'.
Throughout Latham's tenure, Flat Time House was open to anyone interested in art, and it was in this spirit that Flat Time House opened as a public gallery in 2008, two years after his death. The gallery hosts a programme of exhibitions, workshops and events with a particular focus on Latham's practice and theoretical ideas, as well as housing the John Latham archive and an artist in residence space. Reflecting Latham's interests, the gallery has a particular focus on themes of time and temporality; art and science; language, and value and belief systems, and aims to encourage new research and discoveries into post-1950s British experimental art.