Talks & Film
In the fort’s Theatre, we will be showing a host of films curated by Lost Property with the help of some special contributors.
Continuing our relationship with the University of Brighton’s Digital Music & Sound Arts course, we have a small selection of audio-visual works from its recent graduates.
Chris Sciacca’s Twin Transects and Valérie Eglès, Florence Levasseur & Alice Schÿller Mallet’s Portrait de Pascal Cribier are co-presentations between Fort Process and Diep~Haven Festival
Aura Satz has curated an hour of films for Fort Process, presenting a range of audio-visual works from recent years that explore her interest in sound visualisation and obsolete and unstable technologies.
We also have some remarkable animated films from Bruce & Katharine Cornwell created on a Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal in the late 1970s. Originally created to assist budding geometrists, these short films are both informative and visually/sonically alluring.
Twin Transects: Parallel Walks in Newhaven and Dieppe, UK/FR, 2016, 41:10m
Vent, 2016, UK, 2:26m
Hypnagogia, 2016, UK, 13:15m
Valérie Eglès, Florence Levasseur & Alice Schÿller Mallet
Portrait de Pascal Cribier, 2014, FR
Man on the Hill, 2016, UK, 4.23m
Història d’un Objecte, 2014, ESP/UK, 10.18m
Bruce & Katharine Cornwell
Journey to the Center of a Triangle, USA, 1977, 8.36m
Congruent Triangles, USA, 1977, 6.47m
Little Doorways to Paths not Yet Taken, UK, 2016, 7.30m
Doorway for Natalie Kalmus, UK, 2013, 9m
Oramics, Atlantis Anew, UK, 2011, 7m
Sound Seam, UK, 2010, 15m
Onomatopoeic Alphabet, UK, 2010, 6m
Chromatic Aberration, UK, 2014, 9m (Soundtrack composed by Scanner)
Again we are featuring talks and discussions which, in 2014’s Fort Process, included insights into the history of sound art in Berlin, hacked electronics and intoxicating narrative journeys into the Sussex countryside. We’ve got a similarly diverse set of speakers this year, delving into areas linked to the aural and visual worlds central to our curation, and the literal environments and histories connected to the site and surrounding area.
DAVID TOOP + EVAN PARKER: SHARPEN YOUR NEEDLES
David Toop and Evan Parker bring a very special session of Sharpen Your Needles to the fort. Expect discussions, intimate listening and the music that inspired Toop’s most recent book Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom Before 1970, a must read for anyone who is drawn to improvisation. Evan Parker has been a innovative presence in British free music since the 1960s. Parker played with John Stevens in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, experimenting with new kinds of group improvisation and held a long-standing partnership with the late guitarist Derek Bailey.
DAVID BRAMWELL: GHOST VILLAGES AND ABANDONED SETTLEMENTS
This talk explores lost settlements that we can still visit or see including drowned villages, those lost to the plague or those commandeered by the MOD. The lecture culminates with the exploration of one settlement that should be abandoned but isn’t: Sealand, which, in 1967, became an independent principality with its own flag, currency and piratical antics. David Bramwell is the author of The No. 9 Bus to Utopia and a new book, The Haunted Moustache, an occult memoir based around a unique inheritance: a 100-year-old moustache in a box. He is host of Brighton’s long-running spoken word night, the Catalyst Club, and co-creator of Sing-along-a-Wickerman. He has given two TED talks and won a Sony Award for his work on BBC Radio 3.
SARAH ANGLISS: THE MAN WHO BOUGHT AN ECHO
In this exploration, Sarah shows how we’ve always chased sublime sonic experiences, sometimes going to extreme lengths to fulfil our aural obsessions. The title refers to a nineteenth-century listener who attempted to possess the perfect echo, heard on a grand tour – a venture with a disturbing and surprising outcome. “A tourist listens to a heptaphonic echo. In music, any concerns about the dehumanising influence of technology have always been mixed with a degree of machine envy. Musicians have always been consummate cyborgs, enmeshing their bodies with machines and animal parts to augment their sonic capabilities – and centuries before vocal plug-ins, some sought otherworldly sounds by going under the surgeon’s knife. When human sound first took flight from the body, with the advent of the telephone and phonograph, some listeners found the effect disturbing. Today, in the era of transmitted audio and disembodied music downloads, it’s the physical, sometimes fleshy precursors of our electronic sound technology which can seem uncanny.” Be sure to catch Sarah Angliss and Laura Cannell’s Echo Fantasy performance in the Grand Magazine, which is inspired by some of the themes of this talk.
JAMES BURT: CHALK GHOSTS
Sussex is a county haunted by stories. Sometimes it seems that folklore is confined to books, but it’s still out there. Fresh from walking the South Downs Way, James Burt will present a talk on Sussex folklore, myths, ghosts and chalk, showing how our world is just as strange as it has ever been and there are ghosts all around us. James Burt lives and works in Brighton. He writes and gives talks on topics which have included Slenderman and Death Folklore. He has recently spoken at the Towner Gallery, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton’s Catalyst Club and the Wilderness Festival.
MATHEW CLAYTON: HISTORY OF THE COWBELL
The acclaimed Alpinist and controversial Lepidopterist Mathew Clayton will be unlocking the secrets of the cowbell arguing that more than the synthesiser or even the French horn this was the instrument that defined the 20th Century. Why did Kraftwerk name their studio Kling Klang? How big a bell is too big a bell? What is the strange force they call Ding Dong? And why is it the opposite of Kling Klang? These fascinating questions and many more will be hotly debated in a topical talk about a humble metal canister that when beaten with a stick makes a noise that shakes even Olympus! Mathew Clayton is co-author of Lundy, Rockall, Dogger and Fair Isle: A Celebration of the Islands Around Britain.