Folkestonomy


My last day in Folkestone

A last view over the sea in Folkestone
A last view over the sea in Folkestone

Today was my last day in Folkestone. Kathrin and I came down from London and did both our mapping. Watch out for us on the map!

And now I have to say bye-bye to Folkestone. I really enjoyed the time in this beautiful coastal town and hope to come back sometime!

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In front of Debenhams


Finally ..... the FOLKESTONOMY mobile arrived "in front of Debenhams", a spot that was described to us earlier as "where things happen in Folkestone". So there is one Folka' s Stone.

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So, that's my story

Folkestone Triennial artist, from London, involved during production and the whole summer, Art, Regeneration, Politics
Folkestone Triennial artist, from London, involved during production and the whole summer, Art, Regeneration, Politics


The Leas

Seagulls
Seagulls

Seagulls are the naughtiest birds, they are pulling the rubbish out of the rubbish bins and then it blows across the Leas, the teenagers than get the blame as many of the older residents seem to think that the teenagers just don't use the bins.
What a beautiful sunny day.

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Radnor Park

Boys playing football in Radnor Park
Boys playing football in Radnor Park

I had an amazing day it all worked all the buttons and levers and leads and plugs and tags, just brilliant and there were toilets nearby too, what more can a girl want!
What we, Ben and I, would have liked was more people willing to take part, not one Harvey boy wanted to take part, two lovely girls from the Academy took part though and were delighted to find the Acadamey sign.
Many people were on the way to some where else, but we told them about the Triennial, the Folkestonomy and gave them maps........ lots of them promised to take part in the future.
What I like about the cultural mapping is that it makes people think about the things they like and do in Folkestone and how they mostly like living here.

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Day 4: The float again on the East Cliffs

A nice location for the float overlooking the harbour and the sea
A nice location for the float overlooking the harbour and the sea

Andreas and I came to Folkestone again to sort out problems with the electricity supply. On the fourth day the float was again placed on the East Cliffs, where we had already been on the day of the opening for the press, Friday the 13th. The weather was good and all the equipment could be arranged on the grass, just in the way of people walking their dog or wandering around. A good spot!

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Litter Bins

The Leas and a head through a litter bin
The Leas and a head through a litter bin

I took what I consider to be a wonderful picture of the Leas through a litter bin, I was aiming for the sign on the side but am including the whole picture as I like it.

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the man who loves Folkestone

France from The Leas
France from The Leas

Today we met the man who loves Folkestone, he was wonderful he lives with his wife of 48 years is retired and has a wonderful view of the Leas from the back of his flat and Sandgate Road from the front, and could find nothing bad about Folkestone at all.
We were parked outside the Leas Club and had a brilliant view of the sea and France in the distance you can see it in the photo - yes you can really it is there.
We were having a few technical difficulties, something to do with transformers, milk floats, computers, guitar leads, electricty and a loud buzzing noise after a few phone calls and help from Gavin from the Marvelo Project (the bicycles with the load speakers), we were up and running again.

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Day 3 - Leas Lift

Dorian loading the capturing software.
Dorian loading the capturing software.
capturing ...
capturing ...
In-front of the Leas Lift
In-front of the Leas Lift


The second day out tagging


FOLKESTONOMY had its second day out - this time on The Leas - spreading across the lawn, and
appearing like a mix between road works, an alien landing site and bows and arrows playing field.
So far so good, and passers by are quite interested, patient enough to follow our explanations and still genuinely keen to go and have a TAG.


First Visualisations Emerging

The first series of maps
The first series of maps

Over the course of the project - as we are collecting data - we will work on a number of visual interfaces and maps to show the different relationships that can be drawn out.


Going public

First encounters and mappings on site with a good view of Folkestone
First encounters and mappings on site with a good view of Folkestone
TAG me and take my picture.
TAG me and take my picture.
Kathrin, Melita, Reana and Leonie in the cabin
Kathrin, Melita, Reana and Leonie in the cabin
Plugging the story ...
Plugging the story ...
Storing the float over night - don't forget to charge the batteries!!!
Storing the float over night - don't forget to charge the batteries!!!

The day has arrived. We left early to make the final preparations before everything goes live.
Picking up Reana and Melita who will run the project over over the summer. We had a great morning setting up and introducing the ins and outs before the first visitors arrived in bus loads.
Always a nervous moment as this was the first time all components came together and were tested on the public. All worked well and there was a good atmosphere all around.


Thank you ...

Andrea giving her speech at the evening reception
Andrea giving her speech at the evening reception

Folkestone was buzzing and everyone we met was enthusiastic and fully engaged in the show. A great atmosphere all throughout. Thanks to all especially to Andrea and her team.


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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