Our Time - Dartford

Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021

Our Time - Dartford

Marcus CoatesOur Time places the songs and calls of locally threatened bird species onto 6 clock towers along the North Kent coastline. The work can be heard as clocks chime on the hour. Marking these moments will be the beautiful and enigmatic songs and call of species such as the nightingale, curlew, lapwing, cuckoo, and turtle dove.

The idea is to relocate what is being lost to the regional and national environment at the heart of our civic centres, and to communicate the implications of ‘our’ human time, a period in history that has seen mass extinction, that has been orientated to human progress at the expense of other species, even on a very local level. These ornate clocks represent our social and political aspirations, they command respect and give our towns an identity and civic focus.

The use of birdsong that may not be heard in the wild for much longer to mark our time is a cynical and ironic act, but one that might help us become aware of their beauty and potential absence.

Our Time is installed in clock towers in Dartford, Gravesend, Rochester, Faversham, Herne Bay, and Margate. In Dartford, it can be heard at The Clocktower, Suffolk Road, Dartford DA1 1EJ between 9:00 - 17:00.

Schedule of songs and calls

09:00 Lapwing
10:00 Marsh tit
11:00 House sparrow
12:00 Song thrush
13:00 Cuckoo
14:00 Swift
15:00 Tree sparrow
16:00 Corn bunting
17:00 Skylark

The recordings have been supplied by field recordist, natural history author and sound artist, Geoff Sample.

Photo: Jonathan Juniper

When

Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021

Where

The Clocktower, Suffolk Road,
Dartford
DA1 1EJ

Travel

Nearest railway station: Dartford

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