Better Books: Art, Anarchy and Apostasy

An archival exhibition including film, sound, installation and events presenting a portrait of the Better Books bookshop, a hub of the London avant-garde during the late 1950s and the 1960s.

at Flat Time House

Featuring work and material from Gustav Metzger, John Latham, Jeff Nuttall, Stephen Dwoskin, Bruce Lacey, Keith Musgrove, Islwyn Watkins, Bob Cobbing, Criton Tomazos, Dave Trace, Pip Benveniste, Heather Richardson, Jeff Keen, Alexander Trocchi, Jennifer Pike, Annea Lockwood, Werner Schrieb, Jeffrey Shaw, Tjebbe van Tijen, John Sharkey, Group H, Writers Forum and more.

Curated by Rozemin Keshvani.


South London Gallery, £5/£3

Wednesday 25 July, 7pm

Screening of early London Filmmakers Coop films, includes filmmakers Stephen Dwoskin, Simon Hartog, Jeff Keen, John Latham, Kenneth Anger and Pip Benveniste.

Followed by a discussion led by Dr. Gillian Whiteley, curator and Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies, Loughborough University, and Dave Curtis, film art historian with artists Bruce Lacey, Islwyn Watkins and others. Book a place at the South London Gallery


Luke Fowler All Divided Selves (2011)

Flat Time House, £3

Friday 29 July, 7-9pm

The film concentrates on archival representations of radical psychiatrist RD Laing and his colleagues as they struggled to acknowledge the importance of considering social environment and disturbed interaction in institutions as significant factors in the aetiology of human distress and suffering. RD Laing was associated with the art and poetry gatherings at Better Books and his controversial psychiatric writings and methods considerably influenced the creative practices of the artists involved at Better Books.

Flat Time House

Opening Times
Thursday 28 June, 6-9pm

29 June - 29 July 2012
Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm

Flat Time House
210 Bellenden Road
SE15 4BW