In response to the question “What’s happening, exactly?” posed by Folkestone Fringe, and as part of the MagiC Carpets platform, Pent Happenings comprises a series of artworks, workshops and events drawing on geo-scientific data, field studies and research concerning Folkestone’s Pent stream and its environs.
The Pent stream descends from the chalk hills of the Folkestone downs and meets the sea at Folkestone Harbour. En route it flows between properties and below ground passing through the urban landscape, which includes the former village of Foord – a community which has experienced flooding on at least four occasions in the past 120 years.
A range of outcomes explore what is ‘happening’ in the locality and aim to facilitate a connection to the natural environment, promoting awareness and environmental engagement.
These outcomes include:
- Pent Stream – Sonification of live river level / flood monitoring data
- Pent Stream LIVE – Live online broadcast of Pent Stream (from 22/7 to 1/8/21, 11am – 5pm BST)
- Flow Rate Event – Participant-led data collection task in the field
- Flow Rate – Sonification of river flow rate data from the Flow Rate Event
- Borehole Studies – Exploration of local geological records
- Pent Sounds – Sound mapping the Pent stream and its environs
Pent Happenings began as part of the Folkestone Fringe’s Festival of Looking in October 2020, and continues for a second year in conjunction with the Folkestone Triennial with an exhibition at the Urban Room from 22nd July to 1st August 2021.
This project, hosted by Folkestone Fringe, is part of the “MagiC Carpets” Platform co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. This project has generously been supported by Arts Council England.