The work creates a new, one-minute-long layered audio recording, and accompanying spectrogram image, every day. Each day’s recording is published on this site — and additionally on Telegram, Vimeo, and Twitter, and as a short weekly podcast.
Minute/Year alters location each year. For the whole of 2024, the work is installed in the main staircase of Olin Library at Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut, in the United States.
Minute/Year began on January 1st, 2016. It has no set ending date.
Minute/Year is an automated, process-based, durational work, in which sound is played, recorded, and layered, in a resonant space, for one minute each day. The result that is created each day is then automatically published online.
This process occurs daily, but the location of the space in which it occurs alters annually. Over time, this has meant that the work has existed in a variety of public, private, and semi-public spaces, outlined below. Each day’s one-minute-long recording is archived as audio, with an accompanying spectrogram image and video. This ongoing daily process has created an accumulating archive of these sounds and images, which continues to grow.
This archive — the daily images, sounds, and videos created by the work — has in turn been the source for a series of derived works.
The recordings from Minute/Year are published daily on this site. They are also published on Telegram, Vimeo, and Twitter.
Minute/Year is privacy-focused, GDPR-compliant, and anonymous. See full details on the privacy and data page.
The space in which Minute/Year is installed alters each year, and has encompassed a variety of public, private, and semi-public spaces. In each space, the work is installed from January 1. until December 31., and runs for one minute each day during this time. In each location, the work as installed is materially functional — it comprises two speakers, two microphones, cables and mixer, and a small computer that runs each day’s process of playback, recording, and uploading.
The different places in which the work has been installed have had widely-varying social purposes and backgrounds. This reflects a curiosity in how the work will adapt to different spaces, and how these contrasts in both sonic and social space will be reflected over time.
Lely· Amsterdam, Netherlands Lely is a building in western Amsterdam, designed by modernist architect Ben Ingwersen, and constructed between 1963 and 1969. It was initially a school (the Christelijke scholengemeenschap Pascal, later renamed Calvijn College), and then subsequently a temporary refugee accommodation centre. Since 2016, the building has had the status of being an ‘incubator,’ branded as Broedplaats LELY (generally translated as LELY Incubator)—with living space, artists’ studio space, and mixed-use space combined in one structure. There is some disagreement as to what exact name to use to refer to the building, but the structure is almost universally referred to by its inhabitants simply as ‘Lely,’ and so we follow their example. Minute/Year in 2022 is installed in the main stairwell that runs up the northern side of the building. All 2022 recordings · Map
Libken· Brandenburg, Germany Libken is a “thought and production location” (“Denk- und Produktionsort”) based in a DDR-era Plattenbau-style building in Böckenberg, Brandenburg. Minute/Year is installed in a communal living and dining area on the first floor. All 2021 recordings · Libken website · Map