In order to move I am conducted by the breath of another individual. I follow another's gaze through my ears, what I hear becomes soundscapes that my footsteps follow. I understand space through the other, a stranger whose story I would learn by the end of the street.

HUMAN CARTOGRAPHY creates a map of soundwalks tracing the spaces across their echoes and movements, through those that are contemporary to them, the inhabitants. We collect people’s stories and voices to humanise our cities fabric. We record different points of view of our worldly experiences - fisherman, farmers, architects, biologists, students, artists etc. - the experience of night and day, the different climates and seasons. 


Imagine a person walking down a street listening to someone's story recorded on the same exact path. One is guided by the breath of another human of the island, following another's gaze through the ears. Streets become people, become stories. What is heard becomes soundscapes that footsteps follow. The space is understood through the other. Those who walk and listen become the composers of their own adventures. A map is created and deemed accessible through mobiles that can be used by everyone.

The project started in Toulouse in March 2021 and was born from a desire to use public spaces through the stories of others, the otherness of the other.

This project exists and is nourished by collaborations. One of its objectives is to offer an experience of auditory temporal superimpositions.

For each collaboration a story emerges and a few words about it are given here.

The idea is that you click on the map and localised you. Once arrived at one of the departure points you select the journey you would like to experiment.  ​

You can also find all the soundwalks by following this soundcloud link :

Until today, April 2022, the project has collaborated with the webradio Ondecourte, the Fabrique des arts du cirque et de l'itinérance, the Grainerie, the Alliance Française Rio de Janeiro, the São João Residency (Brazil).

A concept by Emilie Beffara with the support of Namer Golan.