Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Tall Tales Whitstable Biennial satellite events 19 June – 4 July 2010

Tall Tales - Whitstable Biennial satellite events 19 June – 4 July 2010

Tall Tales seeks to record the embellished truths and myths of the British public house.

Following in the traditions of Cecil Sharp and Alan Lomax, Matt Rowe will trawl local public houses and social clubs, collecting a series of field recordings and documentary images.

Matt Rowe and Abi Gillchist will then transcribe these ramblings from chance encounters into a hand-bound compendium of regional folkore.

The Tall Tales compendium presents a loose form of social reportage, celebrating localism and exaggerated truths.

Have you found one of the Tall Tale's beer mats? if so tell us your Tall Tale here

About the Biennale
The Whitstable Biennale is a festival of contemporary visual art, with a curated programme focused on artists’ performances and works made for the screen. A programme of commissions running throughout the Biennale will be accompanied by events unfolding each weekend including a dynamic film programme and a varied talks and events programme. Please visit for information on previous Biennales.

23/03 /2010 silk screen printing the Tall Tales certificates at Silkworm Studios in Folkestone

 Recherche trip on Tuesday the 23/03/2010


Thursday, 14 January 2010

Hidden Territories, Fisherman's Beach

Hidden Territories is a series of  inquires in to the vernacular territories that fringe the urban environment.

New works begin to document these spaces and there inhabitants, with the purpose of distilling there codes and visual symbols in to an essence of folk culture.

Fisherman's Beach is a fully functional working beach in Hythe Kent. 
This series of images images depict a declining coastal industry.

As of March 2010 the beach will become prime redevelopment land with the remaining fishing fleet continuing to operate further along the beach. However the distinctively ramshackle architecture and its intrinsic community are becoming dissembled to make way to progress.

Landed Beach fishing was once a staple industry of the Cinque port towns. 
A culture  that has been in slow decline for decades.

Traces of this industry can still be found around the Kent and Sussex coast line. In this short film  Chris Searson documents the Dungeness, beach fishing community Link

all images © Matt Rowe 2010






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