Folkestonomy


Things in the van and pics on our signs


So......... we bump into someone who visits the FT for the first time and runs a company called FT.
He s out and about in his van to meet Tracey Emin, because she is into disco and he s into music.
So we produce our "guitar" tag and gets the guitar from his van.
Reality meets mapping and vice versa.

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How cool is that


Reane and Melita have joined the FOLKESTONOMY team and will be on the road and on the float throughout the summer.
Watch the STOP sign!


Getting ready for the opening!

A pressure washer makes it possible….
A pressure washer makes it possible….

On Friday morning we prepared the float for the opening. We were lucky to find a pressure washer in the harbour and Kathrin took the chance to clean the float in-depth. The yellow and black starts to shine again!

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The storyboard

Roaming through Folkestone and setting up in locations across town
Roaming through Folkestone and setting up in locations across town
Mapping individual narratives and collecting them with the button
Mapping individual narratives and collecting them with the button
Visualising the individual narratives and publishing them on the map online
Visualising the individual narratives and publishing them on the map online

Getting the story down to a one line to explain it to the audience is always tricky. We produced a little fanzine to help communicate the basic process of the project. It proved quite handy as a give away.

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FOLKESTONOMY is going on site, Friday 13 June 2008

Some of the tags used for the mapping
Some of the tags used for the mapping

The FOLKESTONOMY mobile, equipped with special road sings, tags, software and some friendly faces who will be able to explain what it's all about, is hitting the roads of Folkestone.
Tomorrow, Friday 13 June at 11.00 for the press launch of the Folkestone Triennial, and
on Saturday 14 June for the opening to the public, from 12.00 - 17.00.

From the on we will be on the road, mapping everyday cultural spaces and networks, until 14 September 2008.
The FOLKESTONOMY mobile will be open from 12.00 - 17.00 every day, and rotate between following seven locations in Folkestone:
- West end The Leas
- In front of Debenhams
- Entrance Lower Leas Park
- In front of Pelosis
- Eastcliff Pavillion
- Radnor Park
- Fishmarket

To contact us and find out where we are on the day, call or text 07950 3592620

For general information about Folstone Triennial opening times and locations click Link

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Testing ....

Testing Add On signs using the magic 'Mixed Fruit' tin
Testing Add On signs using the magic 'Mixed Fruit' tin

For the first time today we tried to register the chip ID embedded in the 'Add-On' and 'Collector' signs. Dorian transformed a mixed fruit sweet tin into a magic plug that connects to the computer via USB. We noticed that some of the signs don't work - which means testing all 550 signs.
It's quite repetitive ..... Either the chip is soldered the wrong way or the metal casing of the Jack creates a short circuit. - I am glad we noticed now ...


What are they filming????


A three man crew from Sky Art arrived, to film bits for a 10 minute trailer to be screened between programme on Sky Art throughout the summer. They talked very little and hardly asked any questions, and I have a strong suspicion that they will edit the footage that will make my toenails curl. You know, the bits where you say things you don't really mean but you kept talking…
However, the crew got a little bit more exited once we went onto the float, for a random drive around on the vast concrete harbour platform....until a strong smell of burnt cables made us stop – so the lesson for the future is: always remember that milk floats might only have a forward and backward switch to get going, but they have hand breaks too!


The float, the float


Ian and Mark from MDM are on site to give the float its final and glossy finish.

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Going to print ...

The first batch of images goes off to the printer...
The first batch of images goes off to the printer...

Finally the first set of icons goes to the printer - every square inch of self adhesive foil counts.
Happy cutting ..... and sticking.

Most of the icons are directly based on street signs from the amazing collection of the department of transport web-site from which you can download endless variations of street sign specifications.

The bigger signs will store the smaller 'add-on' signs. The large icons give a clue about a basic categorisation of spaces or interests which we will form part of the mapping. Open spaces, leisure spaces, historic spaces, etc etc ... (can you guess??)

The smaller 'add-on' signs will be used by participants to tell a mini narrative about their relation with the Folkestone Triennial .... more about this later.

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FOLKESTONOMY: a pilot project


FOLKESTONOMY is a pilot project in development and why it could and should be continue beyond the first Folkestone Triennial.

FOLKESTONOMY isn t a public art project for the summer season, but would like to become an integral tool and methodology of Folkestones further culturally led regeneration.
FOLKESTONOMY has the intention and capacity to trace and show cultural spaces, production and networks locally and trans-locally, which are and should be an important fact and force in regards to thinking development and change.

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