Public sound work commissioned by Emily Siddons for If the City Could Speak, Melbourne, 2017.
The City of Melbourne’s 24-hour pedestrian counting system measures the daily activity of pedestrians. Updated hourly, the data captured by thirty-five of the forty sensors installed around Melbourne’s CBD was sonified in real time. The sonic unfolding of pedestrians’ movements was transmitted through the Signal Sound system at Les Erdi Plaza, enabling a listening mode of examination, to the everyday rhythm of commuters. With the current proliferation of ubiquitous online monitoring, what does it mean to have our daily footsteps counted in the urban terrain of a ‘smart city’?