Where an area that is known or privileged meets another that is unknown or ignored; a point of balance between contrary or diverse phenomena; a place of connectivity and interaction.
This trio of day-long symposia, presented as part of Folkestone Triennial 2017, explores the concept of situated practice in contemporary art, architecture and urbanism. The events bring together practitioners and thinkers at three 'edge' locations connected by the High Speed 1 railway, which acts a geographical link and embodies ideas associated with community, connectivity and escapism.
Each of the three events invites participants to respond to its specific location, investigating the sensory, social and environmental impact of their individual approaches, and together generating a narrative exploration of the creative use of interstitial spaces.
All are welcome to participate in this interdisciplinary adventure. The audience is invited to follow from one event to the next, engaging with each place as a creative asset and manifestation of a particular kind of 'edge':
GATEWAY (14 SEPT)
UCL BLOOMSBURY, LONDON
The Gower Street campus of UCL, originally planned and built on the urban/rural edge of London, acts as a 'learning gateway' for its students, as well as a transport gateway via the King's Cross development. Speakers will draw on perspectives offered by art, architecture, anthropology and pedagogy.
PERIPHERY (7 OCT)
HERE EAST, QUEEN ELIZABETH OLYMPIC PARK
Investment for the 2012 Olympic Games brought rapid development to the previously neglected Stratford area. It will shortly become the home of Here East, a cluster of institutions including the Bartlett School of Architecture. Speakers will look at the challenges of creative place-making from the perspective of architecture, urbanism and planning; some contributions will be 'performed' rather than spoken.
BORDER (4 NOV)
At the littoral edge of southeast England, Folkestone and its urbanism connect equally with water and land. From 1842 to 1992 it was the main pivot for passenger transport between France and England, and with the more recent construction of HS1, Folkestone has been gifted the status of dormitory suburb to the Capital. On the final day, the focus will again be on art-led urbanism, especially the contribution of the 'local international' and the 'social practice' of artists, architects and critics.
Lewis Biggs (Folkestone Triennial)
James O’Leary (The Bartlett, UCL)
Kieren Reed (The Slade, UCL)
Tickets available here.
£10–15 Day tickets
£35 Bundle ticket
Concession tickets are available.
Day 1 (14 Sept)
Day 2 (07 Oct)
Day 3 (04 Nov)
Suzanne O'Connell — The Decorators
Arno van Roosmalen — STROOM
Princess Marilyn Douala Manga Bell
Sorcha Carey — Edinburgh Art Festival