Commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021
*Due to the seafront location of this artwork we may close the exhibit in high winds or adverse weather conditions for safety.
Taking its inspiration from the Rotunda amusement arcades that drew crowds to the beach until the 1990s, FORTUNE HERE (for Urban Room Folkestone) is a pavilion and visitor experience located near the site of the now demolished domed buildings from which the Rotunda got its name. The pavilion contains themed games - and a course for crazy golf - addressing significant contemporary topics that affect both local residents and Europe’s wider population.
All urban landscapes are in constant flux, the buildings tend to change more slowly, the ‘public’ spaces between them rather faster. How do citizens interact with these spaces and the changes? Who is changing and shaping the spaces? Why? How? These questions, fundamentally, aim to reflect on how the development of the urban environment can keep up with concurrent and entangled societal change and evolving global norms.
Challenging established and emerging definitions relating to cultural, critical and urban practices, genuinefake, aka Rachel Stella Jenkins's work is shaped by a continuous interrogation and search for new perspectives, frontiers, imaginaries and insights to the complexities of both largely urbanised and rapidly urbanising environments. This endeavour is brought to life through the platform genuinefake, founded by Rachel in 2009, where partnerships in the realms of design, architecture & urbanism aim to broaden normative definitions and concepts and mediate between social, cultural and spatial agency.
Her projects and collaborations have included visually documenting, mapping, writing, curating, exhibiting, researching. Rachel is currently Senior Lecturer at the Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. She has lived in Folkestone since 2017.
genuinefake, FORTUNE HERE (for Urban Room Folkestone), commissioned for Creative Folkestone Triennial 2021. Photo by Thierry Bal. Film by Oliver Parkin. Drone footage by Tom Bishop