So what about the Animals and Us exhibition? I think the high point was somewhere anywhere – not sure - while in the exhibition I realised I had been transported a long way from where I though I was. Does that make sense? Will it happen to anyone else? But yes I suppose I was in Margate, but something clicked and I sort of wasn’t, perhaps because some of the works of art seem to have a high level of impact.
Margate is a place of contradictions and extremes, a busy High Street full of empty shops contrasted with shops that seem to be very upmarket and expensive. Margate Meltdown Bank Holiday means the town was full of motorcyclists too.
In the Animals and Us exhibition, I certainly felt for more than a moment "transported" so perhaps art reached some purpose.
Makes you think
The pictures on my camera's card for the weekend, these two links mostly being Ramsgate and relating to the harbour lock gate and bridge removal for repairs and a couple of visiting tall ships.
The next two links are Margate yesterday, including a few of the exhibition.
I am reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami at the moment, so I am already getting strange writing on the real world, along the lines of "Do not adjust your mind; reality is at fault."
This is an example, photographed in Wetherspoons Ramsgate on Friday
I have enlarged the sign on the, dare I say door? Nope probably best stick with wosisname for the moment.
While not absolutely, way to the left, I am becoming progressively more interested in the increasing amount of fake local history appearing on social media. This seems to be connected with copying pictures from the internet and republishing the pictures on another part of the internet, often without the text that the person who owns the original picture put with it. The writing on the back, date, place. Sometimes even old fake news is now appearing as new fake history.
My own take here is that the internet has changed so much since I first started using it for local history around 20 years ago, that now nothing can be taken as real, even if it looks like a door, it may very well be a wosisname.
Sticking with the fake history for a bit, I suppose that there are a great many people who prefer to view the past through rose tinted glasses. So there may be a sense in which, like fake news, fake history is inevitable.