Flat Time House & Up Projects 
2020 - 2021

Umbra, Penumbra, Atumbra:
Taking place overnight on Saturday 20th March 2021, creating a site for care and promiscuous kinship in the format of a sleepover, activities included:

Collect the delivery address and dietry requirements of your recipient. Gift them a take away from the Deliveroo app to arrive at their home for 7pm.

Radical Cocktail:
“My proposed activity is 'radical cocktails' which the recipe is based on socio/political/historical context or any agenda. You can combine any drinks and it doesn’t have to contain alcohol. Think of the story / agenda in your mind at the moment and bring drinks related to that.”

Moving Together:
A viewing of an interactive heart installation, a collaborative playlist and instructions for moving. Considering the shifting energy at different times of the day.

Writing Rituals:
Taking inspiration from full moon / half moon reflections: write down ten things to let go of, that no longer serve you. Dispose of these in a way that suits you - burn, tear or scatter.

Labour of Love:
For the sleepover I would like to give you a pampering! Please gather the  ingredients listed and bring them to the sleepover: Whilst enjoying our facemasks, we will listen to audio soundtracks selected from the ‘Hard Work’ section of the British Library Archive:

At the coal face
In the tunnel
Full wagon winched
Coal screening plant
Coal falls down shute

Conversations on Care:
Listening to a conversation with a nurse who has just completed a hospital night shift.

Collecting Worry:
We closed the event by sharing our worries with each other, both our individual worries and our worries for the world. We typed these into the chat box in silence. We then chose another person’s worry, wrote it on a  piece of paper, folded it, drew a happy face on the outside and then placed it under our pillows before sleep.

Adam Moore
Hussina Raja
Lady Kitt
Niki Colclough
Mark Bleakley
Sophie Seita
Tom Pope
Winnie Herbstein
Youngsook Choi

There are plans in progress to share some of this work in a public event at Flat Time House, later in 2021. Further details to follow.

About the programme:

Constellations  supports artists to develop their practice, collaborate with others, and access new networks. The programme places a strong focus on ideas of co-authoring and self-organising and addresses the importance of collaboration in moments of crisis and the key role arts and culture can play in facilitating social cooperation. This year’s iteration also considers the digital realm as a platform for collaboration, engagement, and exchange as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with workshops taking place both online and offline.  

Running between July 2020  and  February  2021, the  programme  will explore different approaches to artistic research and collaborative practice through  eight  self-led sessions (including one session facilitated by  Constellations  alumna Beverley Bennett)  and five workshops led by Larisa  Blazic,  Languid Hands (Imani Robinson and Rabz Lansiquot), Paul  Purgas, Stine Marie Jacobsen, and  Srećko  Horvat. More information on Up Projects can be found here.

Constellations  has been conceived by Flat Time House and UP Projects in response to an increasing need  to support  artists interested in working  within  socio-political contexts. This will be the third iteration of the programme. Drawing on the history of  John Latham’s house as a site  for  experimental art education where students, artists and the wider public can come together to test the boundaries of what is teachable and knowable, the programme builds on the legacy of Latham's work as a founder member of the Artist Placement Group, a pioneering organisation in the history of socially engaged practice initiated in 1966 by Barbara Steveni.