On a wet and windy Monday Level 4 BA Architecture students piled onto a coach and spent a fascinating day exploring and carefully photographing Folkestone Triennial. This year the theme is ‘double edge’ and focuses largely on the sense of place.
Double edge refers to the two main axes around which the town has taken place historically and geographically: the seashore and the Pent Stream, an ancient watercourse flowing from the Northern Downs into the sea, the present edge between East and West Folkestone. It also builds on the academic study of ‘edge’: borders; thresholds; margins; the periphery; so is highly relevant to students of architecture.
Many of the works we saw referenced the economic or political realities of living in the town of Folkestone but simultaneously referencing ideas and debates around migration; border control; wealth inequality; and sustainability.
Given the stormy weather conditions when we visited we were also reminded of the importance weather and climate change plays in Folkestone’s various narratives and memories.
Lewis Biggs curator of the 2017 triennial said: “The title double edge has two meanings – the first is one of anxiety: the edge of the world, the edge of the future and the unknown. The secondary meaning is one of balance, released through the artist’s imagination when one tips over the edge and looks back on the known with a renewed perspective. Great art makes change and the ambition of this exhibition is to give artists the opportunity to make excellent new work that plays with ambiguity and the several meanings of edge, stimulating audiences to consider why the world is the way it is, how it might be, and how it is always possible to change it”