Commissioned especially for Fort Process, Outwork proposes a new defensive imaginary for Newhaven Fort; one in which it can monitor sonic events across the locale.
‘The uninspected deteriorates’, Eisenhower once wrote. At Newhaven Fort, Outwork’s provision for coastal audition supplements the nearby National Coastalwatch station; established in 1994 to brace a ‘modernised’ Coastguard. As an analog device for neritic overhearing, Outwork anticipates the sound mirrors and ground-to-air communications experiments of the early C20. Drawing on late C19 design, Outwork retrospectively equips the Fort with mid-range acoustic sensing, expanding its design for control over the near distance by vision.