Folkestonomy


Between all the mapping: an Art and Regeneration symposium, to come back to the reasons for doing this project in the first place


We initiated a small symposium, to talk about art and regeneration in Folkestone, and were joind by Strange Cargo, The Creative Foundation, CLub Shepway, the Folkestone Research Network Forum and of course the Folkestone Triennial itself.
The idea was to make some time and space to talk about the very different cultural activities that are going on in Folkestone, which all have their own concept of how to contribute to the place and make it more interesting and better.The door was open to everybody interested.


Stuck

The coat goes on
The coat goes on
More discussion and Leah dances on the cones
More discussion and Leah dances on the cones
Ruts - little ones.
Ruts - little ones.
Heros - Jeannie, Adam, Leah and Kalum
Heros - Jeannie, Adam, Leah and Kalum

Those of you who have taken part int his project will know that we have had lots of small problems which we have overcome, that's what happens when you work with a one off or maybe it's a prototype. However today I thought that I might finish the project with a large bang.
Sophie and I became stuck on Eastcliff, I had driven onto the grass, then it rained At 5 o'clock,driving back to the harbour time, the grass was slippy and then I discovered the float was driven by the back wheels as they span on the grass. I kept slipping back as I tried to get forward. Driving the float is nothing like a car, I have been stuck on mud before but you cannot rock a float out on a cliff when it weighs 3.7 ton and there is a huge drop down to the sea behind you.
However I had rescuers, a wonderful family who were walking their dog and then they phoned Dad for back up.We took the sand bags off, we put them over the wheels, Adam and Kalum jumped on the back. Then the team from the Triennial appeared, more movement happened, but I was still stuck. they went off to get some wood to put under the wheels. We had decided that ultimately we could use the Library Truck to tow us out. Then I think it was Jeannie or Leah who suggested the car mats to put under the back wheels, don't try that, the two rubbers rubbing together smoke. But Jeannie got the dog's towel out of the car put that under the wheel and off I drove with the help of a white towel.
Thanks to everyone.

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Tag

Abi sitting on the Leas surrounded by tags.
Abi sitting on the Leas surrounded by tags.

Lots of signs, not many people around Folkestone today, it had the feel of the town getting back to work after the summer holidays, we still have visitors staying in the Burstin but they are rarely interested in the Folkestonomy float, sometimes they ask what it is but rarely want a go.
All the children are back at school, only a few more days to go and lots of the invigilators will be back to uni and the rest of us in other jobs.

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Chodzko

Give us a hand
Give us a hand

I was covering lunches on Sunday, I started at the Metropole, along to the kite kiosk and then Chodzko - a short film. Chodzko's 'Pyramid' is nothing less than “the creation of a myth”, well that's what it says on the website. Whilst I was in there I saw this had and Gavin demonstrated its usefulness! There are two of them so if you need a hand, go on down to the Stone Store.

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Deller

an umbrella in the wind
an umbrella in the wind
an open umbrella in the wind
an open umbrella in the wind

They do exist those unannounced daily performances, she was doing battle with her umbrella!

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All working - keep mapping


Thanks to very smooth procedures (BIG THANK YOU to Dorian, John and MArtin) and no unforeseen difficulties, the float computer was back on the float and cabled up to the collector box this morning. Just in time for the guided tour visit.
All mappings from the previous week will be uploaded today, so if you have done a mapping between the 17th and 29th of August, your entry will be logged on the 1st or 2nd of September.
Photos to follow soon.

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The computer is dead long live the computer

Dorian and a heroic attempt to revive the computer on Bank Holiday Sunday morning (why do computers prefer to give up as soon as a long weekend begins?)
Dorian and a heroic attempt to revive the computer on Bank Holiday Sunday morning (why do computers prefer to give up as soon as a long weekend begins?)

The float computer resigned from its current duty to collect and process FOLKESTONOMY stories.
Stories are now beeing collected by photo and paper notes, and everything will hopefully be back on computer track tomorrow.
Apologies for any inconvenience or disappointments caused!


The Leas

All together
All together

Here we all are up on the Leas near the Metropole, as the vintage cars are on display out side the Grand. this was the day we drove back to the harbour in convoy, which was great fun and caused a few people to stare and some people to wave, we tooted out horn loudly. The library truck, built on a green Goddess body has a very feeble horn, but we all smiled a lot and have thought of running away with the float and the truck. We wouldn't get far the float rarely does more than 10 miles an hour and if it does it is terrifying, and the truck uses so much petrol.....................


Matt Rowe stikes again.


Here he is again doing some important maintenance, painting the float as we are using it, he doesn't want it to get rusty.
He is in the road......... cars are driving past and his suggestion was "Melita can you just stand there to shield me from the cars........." does he think I'm mad.........so I used what was available and built him a wall of signs. He was safe, I am still alive and the float is not rusty. Big smiles all round and no one got covered in paint either.

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My little helper

A Triennial helper of the future.
A Triennial helper of the future.

I was talking to this little girl's daddy, when I turned round and there she was in the float, using the mouse as a phone she looked so sweet, but try as we could Scarlet didn't do it on camera again.

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