Created in collaboration with ecopoet Chris Poundwhite, Green Language offers a unique perspective on the ever-present Folkestone Downs, through a blend of transportive soundscapes and poetry, we explore its rich history and ecosystem of plants and wildlife, inviting visitors to consider their relationship with this integral part of the local landscape.
We visited the area known as Holywell Coombe on three occasions during the summer solstice: dawn, the solar zenith, and dusk. On each occasion observations and field-recordings were made at three distinct locations: Holywell Fen (or St Thomas’s Well / The Holy Well – TR222381), Round Hill Holloway (on a chalk mound – TR220383), and beneath the Holywell Coombe Viaduct (or A20 flyover / Holywell Field West – TR217381).
This pattern of documentation gave the work a natural triptych structure, while the audio length of 16 minutes and 34 seconds pays homage to the 16 hours and 34 minutes of daylight on the solstice. Over the length of the piece, high and low pass filters slowly sweep through audio frequencies, drawing attention to the different sounds captured in the recordings. Chris Poundwhite’s accompanying poems dispense with conventional grammar in favour of layered repetitions, fragments and recombinations of language, which reflect the way in which birds are thought to hear not so much individual notes and pitch, but rather the overall shape and pattern in sound.
Technology For Talking is a short animated film by director Jemima Hughes about Alternative or Augmentative Communication (AAC) – technology that gives disabled people a voice. The film was commissioned by the BBC for their BBC Ideas platform’s ‘Rethinking Disability’ strand, and is available to watch here.
Quarantine is a stop-motion short film by Astrid Goldsmith, about a troupe of Morris-dancing badgers living in the shadow of a quarantine facility. It was commissioned by the BFI and BBC4 as part of their prestigious Animation 2018 talent scheme and screened to a capacity audience at the BFI, before being shown on BBC4.
El Dorado is a triptych of soundscapes combining original music and field recordings that capture the unique sounds and biodiversity of Folkestone Warren: a designated local nature reserve (LNR) and site of special scientific interest (SSSI).
“The Warren has been termed the El Dorado and the “terra felix” of the entomologists. And not without reason.”
– Rambles Around Folkestone by “Felix”, 1913