Minute/Year – Spectrograms, 2016, Day 1–184

Minute/Year – Spectrograms, 2016, Day 1–184

Minute/Year spectrogram screen-prints at Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin

Minute/Year spectrogram screen-prints at Lite-Haus Galerie, Berlin

Minute/Year (2017, Day 2)

Minute/Year spectrogram (2017, Day 2)

Minute/Year (2016, Day 14)

Minute/Year spectrogram (2016, Day 14)


Minute/Year: spectrogram images generated from each day’s minute of audio (day 9-16, 2016)

Minute/Year (CHB)

Minute/Year: video loop of spectrogram images (as projected on the facade of Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, 21.03.2016)

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.

See also:

Open Minutes:

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.