Folkestone Triennial 2017 opening day symposium

On the Edge: Time and Truth

Saturday 2 September 2017, 11.00am–6.30pm

Quarterhouse, Mill Bay, Folkestone, CT20 1BN

On the first public day of the Folkestone Triennial 2017 (FT 2017), we invite this year’s commissioned artists to talk about their projects in the context of the title double edge. We focus on two major subthemes: the edges of truth and time. Philosopher Dr Julian Baggini opens the day’s discussion by addressing the concepts of truth and ‘post-truth’ in the context of art. Secondly, we look at the notion of time and its relation to art, the sea and Folkestone. After all, time and tide share the same etymology. How do the Folkestone Triennial 2017 projects make us aware of the multiple ways we might conceive ‘time’: as tidal time, seasonal time, geological time, for example? Finally, we consider the role of memory and fantasy: what has been forgotten and what can be imagined?

11.00am Registration

11.30am Welcome by Dr Maria Balshaw, Director, Tate and Alastair Upton, Chief Executive, Creative Foundation


Session 1: The Art of Truth

11.45am Keynote: Philosopher Dr Julian Baggini, author of The Edge of Reason, on issues of truth as they relate to the role of art. Is a post-truth world to be embraced or feared? What does art have to do with truth? Is the role of art to create, challenge, discover or problematise truth?


Session 2: Tidal Time

12.30pm Currently: Remarks on Tides and Times

A talk by Amsterdam-based writer Dr Amelia Groom, editor of the MIT/Whitechapel Gallery anthology, TIME. In an era of rising sea levels and eroding coastlines, how are the capitalist-technophilic ideologies of time as accumulative progress to be rethought? With their varying timescales and shifting rhythms, the ocean’s tides are out of synch with the monochronic orders of mechanised clock time. And while oceanic waves might seem to follow one another in predictable sequence, they really move in multiple directions at once – pushing and pulling with currents and undercurrents; frothing and crashing and overlapping. Beginning at the overlaps of the words ‘tide’ and ‘time’, this talk will consider the ways in which tidal movements can allow for alternative models to both linear and cyclical understandings of historical time.

1.00pm Lunch break and chance to visit Folkestone Triennial 2017

2.30pm FT 2017 artist, and 2017 Turner Prize nominee, Lubaina Himid on tidal time in her life and work.

2.50pm The Future of Fishing in Folkestone

A discussion between FT 2017 artist Jonathan Wright and Folkestone historian Alan Taylor.


Session 3: Seasonal Time

3.10pm Panel discussion with FT 2017 artists Richard Woods (on Holiday Home), Marc Schmitz + Dolgor Ser-Od (on nomadism) and Sol Calero (on exoticism). Chaired by FT 2017 curator Lewis Biggs


Session 4: Railway Time

3.50pm FT 2017 artist Sinta Tantra in conversation with design historian Dr Paul Rennie

4.10–4.30pm Break


Session 5: Geological Time

4.30pm Professor Colin Waters, Secretary of the Anthropocene Working Group, explains what is meant by the Anthropocene era, and why it is still a contentious term

5.00pm FT 2017 artists Alex Hartley, and Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas discuss their work in relation to natural resources and energy. Chaired by Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor, University for the Creative Arts

5.40pm FT 2017 artist Bill Woodrow in conversation with curator, writer and editor, Lisa Le Feuvre


Session 6: Past and Future

6.00pm FT 2017 artist Emily Peasgood examines lost time in relation to her commission, while fellow FT 2017 artist Diane Dever considers the future of Folkestone. Chaired by producer and arts consultant, Emma Wilcox

6.30pm Finish

Free but booking essential as places limited

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