Ruby and I recently spent a weekend at the awesome Strange Cargo factory workshop space in Cheriton building a goofy character called ‘Virtual Tim’ for the Folkestone Charivari. It took two 12-hr working days to complete and I’m still finding glitter in my beard today. You can check out the process here:
The theme of the 2017 procession was ‘Double Edge’, tying in with this year’s Folkestone Triennial which kicks off in September. Local schools and artists were getting funky at Strange Cargo for weeks riffing on this theme. Their weird and wonderful interpretations included colourful hybrid animal creatures and playful takes on cockney rhyming slang.
Ruby and I decided to crack a wry joke about the edge of reality, the edge of perception, and perhaps the nebulous edges of one’s individual identity and sense of self in this digital age. As Elon Musk has been pointing out recently, we’re already cyborgs. Cyborgs that live in a simulation.
A massive thanks goes out to Brigitte and everyone else at Strange Cargo for working their socks off every year to bring us this amazing event. They get so much of our community involved and bring us together to celebrate art, life, and each other. Respect! Also, thanks Keith Purkis for the photos, and while I’m thanking people, thank you for reading!