Turning nowhere into somewhere

If a tree falls in a forest and there is nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound? According to the famous philosophical thought experiment, it is impossible to know. In the same way, you might ask if a space never visited can ever be a place. Perhaps not; unless, that is, someone recognises it, holds it in mind, gives it some meaning. Yet every space has a story to tell. The question is, how do we make sure we are listening?