Minute/Year is an automated, multi-year durational work, in which sound is automatically layered in a resonant space, for one minute each day, and then published online, daily, as audio and accompanying spectrogram image.
Every day, for one minute, Minute/Year adds a new layer. The daily process goes like this: the sound that is occurring in a single ordinary living room space, during a single minute, is recorded. But, simultaneously, the previous day’s recording – of the sound of the same space 24 hours before – is played back into the space. So, each recording includes its predecessor, which includes its predecessor in turn, and so on, in a potentially infinite regression.
Each day’s minute-long recording is then converted into a spectrogram – an image of the frequencies of the audio — and the two parts are then published online. This entire process is automated – it happens without any human involvement, and runs daily at 20:17 (in 2017).
The space in which the piece occurs alters each year (in 2016, it was a room in a private apartment; in 2017, it is in Lütticher 5, an artist space and kitchen in another shared living space in Berlin, Germany).
Through this process, Minute/Year creates an accumulating archive of sounds and images, each one building on the ones that have come before. The sounds of daily life – of activities, large and small – become material for a layered index, which develops, mutates and degrades over time.
The work is motivated by many overlapping themes. Can surveillance be turned inside-out? What happens when public and private contexts are collapsed, for one minute each day? Is it possible to simultaneously be a listener and a performer? What ghosts lurk in the constant repetition and layering of sound in a single room? Who, and where, are the audience, in a work that is mainly experienced online? These questions, and the discussions arising from them, frame the interests that have motivated the creation of the work.
- Minute/Year (2016), Jan. 19.-25., 2017, Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin - an exhibition of derived works from the 2016 iteration of Minute/Year
- Interview with Johanna Gilje about Minute/Year
- Minute/Year SoundCloud set for 2017
- Minute/Year SoundCloud set for 2016
- Minute/Year on Twitter
- Minute/Year on Tumblr
- Chris Slyka – technical collaborator
The process of creating each days’ minute is occasionally used as a method for presenting the work to small groups. At these presentations, or open minutes, we discuss the work, and attendees are able to be present for the day’s minute.
Upcoming open minutes:
|01.01.2017||No upcoming events at present|
Previous open minutes:
|27.11.2016||Open minute #6 (with Agente Costura)|
|29.09.2016||Open minute #5|
|14.06.2016||Open minute #4 (with Red Monky)|
|01.05.2016||Open minute #3|
|13.03.2016||Open minute #2|
|07.02.2016||Open minute #1|
Video derived from Minute/Year, as projected on the front facade of the Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, Berlin, Germany on 23.03.2016.