Melbourne is in the throes of a real estate and infrastructure boom. However, another type of boom is flourishing largely unnoticed. Atop of rooftops, defunct silos, churches and government offices, telecommunication companies have installed mobile phone base stations—everywhere. Otherwise known as ‘cell sites’, over the last decade they have become central to government and corporate surveillance strategies; but they are also essential to how we come to acquire knowledge, how we navigate through the city, and how we communicate with each other. Ultimately, Some Cell Sites makes visible how this indispensable infrastructure has altered the urban and rural landscape.
Michael Lindsey Davison is a Melbourne based photographer and writer (born in Manila, Philippines) who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Monash University in 2010. His interest lies in the geographical and psychological changes that have occurred due to the rise of mobile phones and social media. His research in this area has led him to permanently give up all mobile phone use.
There'll be an opening party and book launch on October 4, followed by an exhibition of Michael's photography on October 5 and 6.