Fort Process: Report · 05:09:14

Fort Process: Report

Report … the sound a gun makes on firing @Fort Process on 13 September 2014

Historically, cannons and bells have been made in the same forges and in times of war, bells have been melted down to make cannons. In Report the sound of a bell takes the place of the sound of the gun and is placed in the Eastern Magazine, its sound filling the space, providing a visceral experience of being in the space, both as it would have been felt historically and in its current utilitarian architectural form.

Liminal have developed Report specifically for the spaces and the context of the Newhaven Fort, one of a necklace of sea defences along the South Coast designed to defend England from attack by sea and later the air. Newhaven Fort would once have been bombarded by the report of gunfire and the spaces within the Eastern Magazine now empty and silent, would have reverberated with the sound of heavy artillery.

Our proposal also builds on themes that have underpinned our work during the last few years in which we have explored the relationship between sound, listening and notions of territory. In our piece Organ of Corti, we created a passive, acoustic device that mediated the sound of the environment to reveal hidden qualities within the existing soundscape. With Report, we aim to use the fort itself as an acoustic device, mediating the sound of the bell through multiple spaces, inviting listeners to engage with both the sound of the bell and the acoustics of the fort within a unique frame of listening. In our project Of This Parish, we explored the relationship between sound and territory. Based on the idea that a Parish is constituted by a community who fall within the earshot of a church bell, we devised a project that incorporated performance, installation and a film, which traced the history of church bells back to their magico-sacred origins, as pre-Christian ‘protectors’ of territory. With Report, we will continue our work with bells, this time exploring the relationship bells have with power, with warfare and specifically, with cannons.

Fort Process is a one day sound and art festival exploring the unique acoustic spaces of Newhaven Fort.  Fort Process takes place at Newhaven Fort, East Sussex on 13 September 2014 from Noon till 10.00pm.

Fort Process is a Lost Property project


  • Report,
  • Of This Parish,
  • Sound Art,
  • General