3rd Sep 2016 12:00pm-10:00pm
Newhaven Fort, Newhaven, East Sussex
The Fort Process experience is quite unlike any other: half the festivalgoers are hidden underground, making their way through a warren of tunnels to listen to performances in eerie chambers and bolt holes. Meanwhile, above ground the other half are roaming in and out of gun emplacements, radio shacks and laboratories on the fort’s ramparts.
Organisers Lost Property Arts Collective have aimed high with this year’s lineup they have worked with the Sasakawa Foundation to bring two renowned Japanese musicians Toshimaru Nakamura and Seijiro Murayama over to the UK especially for the festival.
In the fort’s Grand Magazine, a very resonant bunker where the armaments were once kept, the German composer and percussionist Limpe Fuchs will hold court. Now in her mid 70s, Limpe is a veteran of the nomadic experimental counterculture arts group Anima; she will be bringing to the fort the handbuilt largescale instruments she crafts from granite, scrap metal and found objects.
In the corrugated steelclad Romney Hut, the French inventor and trumpeter Pierre Bastien will perform with his musicmaking kinetic sculptures. Musical automata will also feature in Sarah Angliss’ performance and a space housing the Mechanical Techno alchemist Graham Dunning,creating an event populated, in part, by sentient machines.
Movement is explored as a significant theme of this year’s Fort Process. Alongside the contraptions mentioned above, emphasis has been placed on the curation of ‘sound and moving image’ the festival will be presenting Sculpture’s zoetropic turntablism, the expanded 16mm horrorcinema of Sally Golding, and an installation by Dutch artist Mariska de Groot that explores optophonics with her analog ‘lighttosound’ instruments.
Outside the event there will be a programme of workshops from Seijiro Murakama, Eva Justka, Limpe Fuchs, Toshimaru Nakamura and more. Information on this will publicised on the Lost Property website and social network.
MORE ON NEWHAVEN FORT
Built in 1860, Newhaven Fort is an alluring site, rich in human and natural history. After being decommissioned as a military facility the fort has undergone neglect and subsequent restoration, with many of the features of its inner architecture remaining intact, including the rumoured ghost in the caponier. Built physically into the geology of the South Downs, it gives it a unique perspective of Newhaven town and the hills and sea of the area. The outside areas centre around the parade ground, tracing steps up to the ramparts where the perimeter is met with far reaching views of the English Channel to one side, Newhaven and the South Downs to the other. The interior, however, becomes mysterious and disorientating, replete with a remarkable acoustic character. Fort Process is an artistic response to this unique venue.