What you want to do in the public space and why?
Create a locally curated and composed series of sound installations with the intention to draw attention to underutilised or unnoticed spaces that people walk past every day. The sounds will draw upon NT songs and sounds that you wouldn’t usually encounter in the city.
How you will make this project happen?
The Urban Designer will firstly work with the City of Darwin and existing property owners / managers to establish existing sound infrastructure that might already exist in the city. We will then look into pedestrian movement throughout the city and engage with the public about existing pathways through the city and routes they avoid. These two processes will determine the appropriate sites for activation. The Sound Designer will be involved in site investigations to advise on sound pollution/reflection to neighbouring properties. They will then work to compose a series of sound activations for the sites. Sound tracks will vary in length and repetition.
When will the project start and finish? How long will it take?
February – Site exploration March – Site decisions, sound concepts and equipment research (if necessary) April – Composing and equipment ordering (if necessary) May – Installation
What permits or whose permission will you need to implement the project? What do you already have and what will you need to obtain?
Depending on final locations we will require permission from relevant property owners; private or City of Darwin.
How will you deliver the project, including how many people will be involved and any partnerships you have developed?
This project will require extensive stakeholder engagement across various sites. We will engage local Larrakia to research the natural sounds that are missing from the city since colonisation. We will work with local musicians to discuss existing songs about Darwin. Permission will be required from City of Darwin for all sites.
How will you know your project is successful?
When people are intrigued to explore a space because of the sound.