So - in the end i did go and look around the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery - as i have not been inside it even though it has been open for five years now. It was well worth to see those great Tuner paintings and some of his contemporaries.
J.M.W. Turner - Margate Jetty
The other fascinating area was the video triptych installation by John Akomfrah called "Vertigo Sea"
. Here is a clip from the triptych. Warning - some images may upset!
This is a sensual, poetic and cohesive meditation on man's relationship with the sea and exploration of its role in the history of slavery, migration, and conflict. Fusing archival material, readings from classical sources, and newly shot footage, the work explicitly highlights the greed, horror and cruelty of the whaling industry. This material is then juxtaposed with shots of African migrants crossing the ocean in a journey fraught with danger in hopes of ‘better life’ and thus delivering a timely and potent reminder of the current issues around global migration, the refugee crisis, slavery, alongside ecological concerns.
Shot on the Isle of Skye, the Faroe Islands and the Northern regions of Norway, with the BBC’s Bristol based Natural History Unit, Vertigo Sea
draws upon two remarkable books: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) and Heathcote Williams’ epic poem Whale Nation (1988), a harrowing and inspiring work which charts the history, intelligence and majesty of the largest mammal on earth.
An interview link with the artist is here -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDJYyG7jKV0
The art gallery is on the sea front but today was calm and a bit warmer than it has been of late.
On the way as i strolled down the road towards the gallery i inadvertently turned my head towards the collection of Victorian and Georgian architecture and noticed this -
Yep, i had to go in after my visit to the art gallery , and in fact it is a charity shop in an old bank, Looks very cool inside as well.
This red coloured building looked cool as well.
I love the clock on this building too.
So in the end a very good cultured day.