The archive of daily images and sounds that are generated by Minute/Year has been the source of an ongoing series of derived works, which has included screenprints, books, video installations, and wall murals. Minute/Year has also been the subject of exhibitions, events, talks, and texts. All are outlined below.

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Minute/Year video loop, Collegium Hungaricum Berlin, 21. March 2016
Minute/Year video loop, PARSE Research Conference 2019, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 13. November 2019
Minute/Year (2016) book
Minute/Year, as installed in grüntaler9, Berlin, Germany (2019 iteration, with accompanying mural of spectrogram images)
Minute/Year (2016)
Minute/Year (2016–2018)
Minute/Year (2016) book
Minute/Year, 2019
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Exhibitions and events:

3.–9. August, 2020.
  • The Invisible Band
  • Intervention · bb15, Linz
  • A week-long intervention in Minute/Year, organised and curated by Gabriela Gordillo, August 2020. With contributions from Adriana Torres Topaga, Gerald Harringer, Sam Bunn, Aimilia Liontou and GG, Aron Hollinger, Rosa Fürpass-Netočný, and Christopher Haritzer.
19.–23. May, 2020
  • Intervention · bb15, Linz
  • Text-based intervention in Minute/Year by Gabriella Gordillo, undertaken as part of the AMRO Festival 2020 in Linz, Austria. The festival was held online due to coronavirus restrictions, and the intervention was open to participants worldwide.
1.–8. April, 2020
  • Remote Voices
  • Intervention · bb15, Linz; Copenhagen Architecture Festival, Copenhagen
  • Intervention in Minute/Year by Gabriella Gordillo. An account of the intervention was published by the Copenhagen Architecture Festival, as part of their “corona essays” series of contemporary writing about Covid-19 and the built environment.
28. November–1. December, 2019
  • Minute/Year: Four Years
  • Presentation of archive · grüntaler9, Berlin
  • Presenting the archive generated by the first four years of Minute/Year, as a culmination of the time during which the work was installed in grüntaler9 in 2019.
13.–15. November, 2019
  • PARSE Research Conference: Human
  • Video installation with accompanying talk · Valand Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Video installation, and accompanying talk, at the third biennial PARSE Research Conference the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden. Presenting Minute/Year (Archive, 2016–2018), a three-channel video with sound, derived from the daily data generated by Minute/Year. The accompanying talk, ‘Daily traces: self-surveillance, human vestiges, and sound as memory’ was given on 15. November.
28. April, 2018
  • Minute/Year (2017)
  • Video with accompanying booklet · Lütticher 5, Berlin
  • Site-specific video presentation of all recordings and spectrograms from the 2017 iteration of Minute/Year, in Lütticher 5, Berlin. The presentation of the video was accompanied by a booklet of interviews undertaken with the residents of Lütticher 5 about their experiences and impressions of living with the work over the course of the year.
8. June, 2017
  • Scope Sessions #66
  • Talk · Panke, Berlin
  • As part of Scope Sessions #66.
7.–9. July, 2017
19.–25. January, 2017


Texts about Minute/Year have been written by a range of writers, in numerous languages and contexts. These are outlined and linked below.

8. July, 2020
  • El presente suena, resuena
  • Kassandra Valencia · Essay · Revista 404 (Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico)
  • Essay, in Spanish, by Kassandra Valencia about Minute/Year, as part of the Revista 404 essay series of the Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico.
  • Las restricciones que establecen lxs artistas al evento sonoro funcionan como una abertura fraccional desde la cual se observa el andar de la vibración sonora. La obra está en continuo desenvolvimiento y opera de manera relacional con otras fuerzas, con otros materiales oscilantes.
28. May, 2020
  • Remote Voices
  • Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty with Gabriela Gordillo · Essay · Copenhagen Architecture Festival
  • Article published by the Copenhagen Architecture Festival as part of their ‘corona essays’ series about Covid-19 and the built environment. An account of an intervention in Minute/Year organised by Gabriela Gordillo at bb15 in Linz, Austria.
  • What does it mean to be present in a space, in a time where our access to spaces has been radically restricted? Or: how can the idea of being present in a space be re-imagined?
20. May, 2019
  • Seize the Minute
  • Annika Haas · Essay · Exhibition text
  • Article by Annika Haas about Minute/Year at grüntaler9 in 2019. Presented as an accompanying text for the Minute/Year: Open Minute #2, 2019 event on 20. May, 2019. Translated into German by the author as Auf die Minute kommt es an.
  • Minute/Year allows a remembering of the previous day, while at the same time it spurs thoughts of the following one: what will happen in this space tomorrow, at the exact same time, when today’s recording will be played back to it? This particular minute of the day can suddenly become an important moment for those who experience it in the space. Every day anew this minute holds the potential to record the most eventful — or the least interesting — archive of a particular day. Over the course of the year it becomes one of 365 snippets logging the specificity of the everyday.
20. May, 2019
  • Space Tone
  • Lynn Kühl · Interview · Gallerytalk
  • Interview about Minute/Year, in German.
  • Seit bereits vier Jahren nehmen die Künstler Kata Kovács und Tom O’Doherty täglich für die Installation Minute/Year eine Minute lang den Sound im Raum auf. Das künstlerische Experiment erschließt akustische Basisnoten, die Räume unterscheiden können. Ob diese Klänge wohl auch die Atmosphäre von Orten verändern?
22. Jan., 2016
  • A Daily Moment
  • Johanna Gilje · Interview ·
  • Interview with Johanna Gilje conducted in January 2016, soon after the beginning of Minute/Year.
  • In a sense, we are ‘micro-surveilling’ one minute of our day, every day, but it’s not really a reclamation — more so a kind of absurdist indexing.


Media coverage of Minute/Year.

30. November, 2019
  • Tagesspiegel Checkpoint
  • Thomas Wochnik · Preview · Der Tagesspiegel
  • Preview, in German, of the presentation Minute/Year: Four Years, in grüntaler9 in November 2019, in the culture section of Der Tagesspiegel and in the Checkpoint newsletter.
  • Apropos Arbeit und Zeit: Sogenannte „Durational Works“, also Dauer-Arbeiten, bezeichnen Kunst, die wesentlich von der bloßen Zeit lebt, über die sich ihre Herstellung oder Aufführungsdauer erstreckt. Die Klanginstallation „Minute/Year“ des Künstlerduos Kovács/O’Doherty zeichnet seit dem 1. Januar 2016 jeden Tag automatisch eine Minute akustisch auf. Jährlich wechselt zudem ihr Raum. Bei jeder neuen Aufnahme wird zugleich über Lautsprecher ein Echo aller vorgegangenen Tage abgespielt, das so in jede neue Aufnahme hinein klingt.