Antiknow. A pedagogical theatre of unlearning and the limits of knowledgeDirected by Jakob Jakobsen.DATES: Fri 29 November 2013 – Sun 12 January 2014OPENING: Thurs 28 November 6 – 9pmOPENING TIMES: Thurs – Sun 12 – 6pmScript and performance by the Antiknow Research Group: María Berríos, Howard Slater, Marina Vishmidt, John Hill, Mary Vettise, John Cunningham, Henrik Heinonen, Claire Louise Staunton, Katriona Beales, Mohammad Namazi, Danny Hayward, Emma Hedditch, Anthony Iles, Jakob Jakobsen et al.The exhibition, Antiknow is a collective effort of unlearning and non-knowledge as critical strategies. This, in a time where institutional forms of knowledge and learning shaped by economic forces increasingly characterise education and society in general. The term, Antiknow was originally introduced by John Latham as his course title for the Antiuniversity of London in 1968. It is doubtful whether this course ever took place.During his six months residency at Flat Time House (FTHo), starting in April 2013, visual artist Jakob Jakobsen engaged in elaborating possible meanings and consequences of the term Antiknow in the current context of so-called knowledge economy. Jakobsen set up the Antiknow Research Group involving young artists from FTHo’s MFI Graduate Group as well as a number of artists, writers, and therapists with whom Jakob has collaborated for many years. This led to a series of meetings focusing on Antiknow in relation to work, politics, art, and resistance. Marina Vishmidt, María Berríos, Howard Slater and John Cunningham were invited to reflect on specific themes within these fields of social practice. Also involved in the group were John Hill, Mary Vettise, Henrik Heinonen, Claire Louise Staunton, Katriona Beales, Mohammad Namazi, Danny Hayward, amongst other incidental participants.This exhibition is one of the consequences of Antiknow and involves experiments into drama for non-actors, unskilled music and free drawing. The exhibition uses FTHo as a ready-made stage. Its point of departure is the anthropomorphic scheme that John Latham proposed for the building where each room is dedicated to a specific part of the body: The Mind, The Brain, The Body Event (Plumbing), and The Hand. In the space, a mechanical theater has been developed. The various themes investigated by the Antiknow Research Group are presented as a drama (or anti-drama) between sets of loud speakers and synchronised lighting. The scripts have been produced collectively using transcriptions of the Antiknow Research Group meetings.During the exhibition a series of events and performances will take place where poets, writers, musicians, and performers have been invited to relate to the term Antiknow. Including Emma Hedditch, Danny Hayward, Anthony Iles, Leon Redler, and Eve Lear.A publication related to the exhibition will be available. Consisting of the collection of Antiknow Research Reports produced by the group as well as material and leftovers from Jakobsen’s the 6-month working process.Events:Sunday 1 December 6.30pmA special performance by artist Emma Hedditch.Thursday 12 December 6.30pm“anti poetry event know structure”With Danny Hayward and guestsThursday 19 December 6.30pm“This is the chariot, the ring, the circle… an infidel heteroglossia”An address by Anthony Iles and Eve LearSunday 5 January 6.30pmRoundtable on MadnessHosted by Leon Redler
FTHo – Flattimehouse
210 Bellenden Road
London SE15 4BW
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