Invisible Cities Fremantle, a participatory art project exploring relationships between people and place, was unveiled in Fremantle last week. Based around an app that triggers audio at locations on a virtual map, this fascinating ‘auditory treasure hunt’ invites people to hear stories about the significant, poignant, everyday or unusual relationships people have with their special places in Fremantle.

From escapee chooks running down Essex St to children ‘fishing for tourists’ from the rooftops of Cliff St during the America’s Cup or a chaotic recollection of a boating trip up the Swan gone wrong, this engaging and interactive app shines a new light on our idea of Fremantle old and new.

The artist and human ecologist behind Invisible Cities, Asha Bee Abraham, has gathered 10 stories in time for the launch of the app on 26 May, however her hunt is ongoing. Participants are invited to contribute new stories for the rest of the year, with the project launching as part of the City of Fremantle’s Heritage Festival and concluding in late 2017.

Bee Abraham has previously presented Invisible Cities in the City of Melbourne where it was lauded by The Age for the breadth of stories gathered, from “joyous and sad” to “poignant and funny”. The WA iteration of Invisible Cities is being supported by the City of Fremantle and Department of Culture and the Arts, who identified Fremantle’s rich, complex and multi-layered past as the perfect platform for this innovative project.

Bee Abraham says “hearing a story about a place, whether it’s from a friend or a stranger, adds a layer to our own story of that place and strengthens our relationship with it. I hope Invisible Cities encourages listeners to reflect on the places that hold their own stories, and makes them wonder about the stories of the strangers we pass on the streets and the multitudes of stories held in the streets and buildings around us.”

The free Invisible Cities mobile app is available for iPhone and Android from Users can look for Story Site plaques around Fremantle and hear stories told by people who live, work, play and pass through the city. People wanting to submit memories and stories can do so at


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