John Latham: Anarchive at Whitechapel Gallery

This Saturday, you are invited to two events that coincide with the final weekend of the exhibition 'John Latham: Anarchive' at the Whitechapel Gallery organised by the Ligatus Research Centre and supported by AHRC and PRS Foundation.

Saturday 4 September at 2pm

FLAT TIME/sounding

A composition and performance by composer/author David Toop based on John Latham's ideas of Flat Time.


David Toop: laptops, flutes, strings, amplified processes, omnipresent score.

John Butcher: saxophones, etc...

Phil Durrant: Maschine, etc...

Aleks Kolkowski: gramophones, Stroh violin, etc...

+Roger Turner: percussive markers

John Latham's 'Flat Time Hypothesis of 2000' elaborates on various forms of art, sound and those immaterial and mysteriously insubstantial events that exist as anomalies within our predominately space-based, object-based materialistic epistemology.

David Toop Highlights Flat Time's affinity to the conceptual framework of an improvising musician, innately understanding and responding to the world in terms of events.

Commissioned by Ligatus, University of the Arts, London on behalf of the John Latham Archive and supported with funds from the PRS Foundation

This will be followed at 4pm by the launch of a new DVD of John Latham’s films,

John Latham
Films 1960 – 1971

John Latham (1921- 2006) was one of the most important British artists of the post-war period, and is best remembered for his painting and sculptural works which incorporated materials such as glass, canvas and books. Less well-known, but now restored after several decades out of circulation, are the six films which Latham made during the 1960s and early 1970s. Through playful and varied use of stop-frame animation, these films, including the stroboscopic collage Speak (1962) and the cosmological meditation Erth (1971) developed the concepts of ‘time-base’ and ‘structure in events’ previously explored in his works. The DVD includes all Latham’s completed films as well as previously unseen documentation. The DVD is co-published by LUX & Lisson Gallery.

Both events are FREE

Venue details:

Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX

Underground and rail links: Aldgate East , Liverpool Street, Tower Gateway DLR