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 to meet the sea at Folkestone Harbour. En route it flows through the urban landscape, between properties and below ground and through 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:
- Borehole Studies – Exploration of local geological records
- Flow Rate Event – Participant-led data collection task in the field
- Flow Rate – Sonification of river flow rate data from the Flow Rate Event
- Pent Sounds – Sound mapping the Pent stream and its environs
- Pent Stream – Sonification of live river level / flood monitoring data
- Pent Stream LIVE – Live online broadcast of Pent Stream
Pent Happenings was exhibited at the Urban Room as part of Folkestone Fringe’s Festival of Looking in October 2020, and again in conjunction with the launch of the Folkestone Triennial in 2021 alongside work by visiting artist-in-residence Mary Conroy (IE).
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.