Our last view of Margate in the sunny afternoon.
I’m not sure what this flotsam (or is it jetsam?) was, but found it along the Viking Coastal Trail
A mysterious underground grotto, halfway down a steep hill in Margate was worth a look. Discovered in 1835, its origins remain unclear. Click any picture to see them all enlarged.
Like many seaside towns, Margate has some slightly run down areas. Click any image to see all 3 enlarged.
See earlier comments on places, spaces, and heterotopia here.
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The sea wall is made of chalk. We saw chalk drawings and writing all over and realized you could just pick up a chunk of chalk from where it had fallen from the wall and start drawing. (Click any image to see them all enlarged.)
…with apologies to Murakami.
Billed as the largest art space outside London, The Turner Contemporary (named for JMW Turner, the English landscape painter) was somewhat disappointing from the point of view of how much art there was to see. Here I’ve shown images that are mostly more about the space and the light than the exhibits. Click any image to see them all enlarged.
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More spaces and places. See last post for definitions of places, spaces and heterotopia. Click any image to see them all enlarged.
We arrived in Margate the first week of April, well out of the season so it was really empty, especially in the morning.
In my course we studied the difference between images and pictures, things and objects, spaces and places; where the first item in each pair merely is, whereas the latter has some human significance or meaning.
A heterotopia, again according to Wikipedia, is a concept elaborated by philosopher Michel Foucault to describe certain cultural, institutional and discursive spaces that are somehow ‘other’: disturbing, intense, incompatible, contradictory or transforming. Heterotopias are worlds within worlds, mirroring and yet upsetting what is outside. In my limited experience of reading about heterotopia, the term is extremely elastic, not to say nebulous, in the way it’s thrown about in art criticism.
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Upon leaving the train station in Margate we came upon this circle of stones with poems created from the contributions of school children.