2002/09/13 09:59 - 10:01 (GMT)
A daily live one minute online audio stream from Cape Town of the thirty seconds before and immediately after the Noon Day Gun is fired over the city.
The gun was first fired in 1794, when British colonial forces arrived in Cape Town to annex the Dutch Cape Colony. It has been fired every day since then. Over time the firing of the gun has become an ahistorical act, surviving a brief resurgence of Dutch power in the Cape, subsequent British colonial expansion in the 19th Century, the Anglo-Boer war, the rise of apartheid, as well as the liberation struggle. Unlike the noon day gun in say, Hong Kong, which was removed when Britain relinquished power over the territory in 1997, the noon day gun in Cape Town continues to be fired in the newly democratic South Africa, along with the annual celebration of Admiral Horatio Nelson's birthday by the South African Navy. The uninterrupted firing of the gun reflects the continuity of certain socio-economic power relations in the country and the absence of effective critical reflection on the urban landscape after apart-heid. A remote computer positioned in the city is set to dial-up to the internet at thirty seconds to noon every day. It is set to automatically start live-streaming a one-minute sound file which can be accessed by any internet user anywhere in the world. The computer terminates the connection thirty seconds after noon. The daily streams are not archived, and the project will finish when the firing of the gun is stopped at some historical moment in the future.