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.


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!


Some gossip from the regeneration front


Roger de Haan was on the front page of the Folkestone Herald earlier this week, announcing that the
regeneration plan for the seafront - developed and illustrated by Foster and Partners - might not happen after all. More details to be released soon.
In the meantime, the FOLKESTONOMY float was enjoying a very sunny and leisurely afternoon in front of Lea's Club, with the best view of France across and many many foreign language students
hanging out on the Leas. Football was being played. Teenage fights were being carried out in public. And FOLKESTONOMY seemed to relax in the knowledge that things were fine. It's August.

I spent a few hours at Paul Rennie's Regeneration Network meeting earlier in the day, with various ideas for regenerating Folkestone involving excavating a Roman Villa, turning Folkestone into a prime venue for military history holidays, to ideas around seaside theaters and PPGIS (public participation geographic information systems).


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 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.


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!


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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