An invitation to visit the next show at Flat Time House. This is the remarkable building with a huge book emerging from the front (see photo). It is 210 Bellenden Road, near the Bellenden shopping parade. The show is free, everybody is welcome, and it is open Thurs to Sun 12pm - 6pm from 24 June - 25 July. More information below about the history of the building, the artist John Latham and their significant role in the art world.
BLOW UP: EXPLODING SOUND AND NOISE (LONDON-BRIGHTON, 1959-69) with material from
AMM, Better Books, Bob Cobbing, DIAS, Coleridge Goode, Joe Harriott, James Joyce, Jeff Keen, John Latham, Annea Lockwood, Gustav Metzger, John Stevens, Val Wilmer and more.
Exhibition dates: 24 June 25 July 2010
Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 12pm 6pm
Preview: Friday 25 June, 6 8pm
Venue information: Flat Time House, 210 Bellenden Road, London SE15 4BW
A new exhibition of artworks, archive, movies and sound curated by Tony Herrington (Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, The Wire) and David Toop (musician, curator, long-time collaborator of John Latham).
For a period in the 1960s there was a great creative synergy in the UK between the visual arts, experimental film, free jazz, psychedelic rock, and the energetic poetry scene that formed the UK¹s so-called Underground. BLOW UP will present a visual and aural map of those connections through art works, recordings, archival film and documents, contemporary accounts, posters and album art.
The artist John Latham, who lived at Flat Time House until his death in 2006, was a central protagonist in this explosion of cross-talk and the mythologies surrounding his film Speak (1962) were a catalyst for exhibition. Speak is a powerfully strobing, paper-disc animation and, although it precedes the psychedelics of the high sixties by half a decade, its physical effect on the viewer is typical of the whole mind/body experiences of the early light-show gigs of Soft Machine or Pink
Floyd and the environmental happenings of the late 60s organised by artists ncluding Cobbing, Keen, Latham and Jeff Nuttall.
In fact, Speak illuminated some of the seminal events of the UK¹s new counter culture: it served as the Floyd¹s light show at early gigs at the UFO club and the Roundhouse; it was screened at Better Books on Charing Cross Road, the bookshop where Bob Cobbing hatched plans with Allen Ginsberg and Alex Trocchi for the International Poetry Incarnation at the Albert Hall, and founded the London Filmmakers Coop with Keen and others in 1966. But it is the film¹s soundtrack that
really connects the dots between London¹s art scene and contemporaries in free jazz and psychedelic rock: remarkably Latham rejected as Œtoo musical¹ scores recorded for him first by the Joe Harriott Quintet and then the Pink Floyd, before adding his own circular-saw soundtrack, pointing towards the simultaneously emerging noise aesthetic.
This exhibition begins to write a history of these connections, artistic, personal, or just in the air, and Speak¹s story is just one of the many told in BLOW UP.