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.
Minute/Year is an ongoing durational installation, by Kata Kovács and Tom O’Doherty, which began on January 1., 2016. It is currently installed in bb15, in Linz, Austria, for the whole of 2020. Each day, at 20:20, the work automatically records a minute of sound, while simultaneously re-playing the recording from the day before. The daily result is then uploaded automatically online, as audio and spectrogram.
Accompanying the work throughout 2020, there has been an ongoing program of events — interventions, micro-concerts, open minutes, and more — organised and curated by Gabriela Gordillo. The latest intervention in this series, The Invisible Band, occurred from August 3. to 9., 2020.
To create this intervention, Gabriela invited seven different artists and improvisers to each be present in bb15 over the course of a week, one per day, and to each add a layer to Minute/Year in turn, each evening at 20:20.
This intervention allowed for a time-stretched collaborative process to unfurl over seven days — a form of distanced improvisation. Despite the spatial and temporal distance, The Invisible Band created a point of encounter between the participants in the resonance of layered sound. The story was being written each day, as the event occured.
The first step in this process was undertaken by Adriana Torres Topaga, on Monday, 3. August.
The Invisible Band · Day 1
20:20 · Monday, 3. August, 2020
Day 216, Minute/Year 2020 · bb15, Linz
Adriana Torres Topaga · Voice
Adriana Torres Topaga is a visual artist and designer based on Linz, Austria, and born in Bogotá, Colombia.
“Sharing the embodiment of ancestral tones. Transformative echoes fulfill the space… do not fear, breathe and listen.” — Adriana Torres Topaga
The Invisible Band · Day 2
20:20 · Tuesday, 4. August, 2020
Day 217, Minute/Year 2020 · bb15, Linz
Gerald Harringer · Melodica played through “Spider-Man” mask
Gerald Harringer is a freelance writer, director and cultural worker, living and working in Linz.
The Invisible Band · Day 3
20:20 · Wednesday, 5. August, 2020
Day 218, Minute/Year 2020 · bb15, Linz
Sam Bunn · Voice, objects, guitar (excerpt from ‘I Will Always Love You’ by Whitney Houston, sound of pop bottle opening, leafed pages from Critique of Everyday Life by Henri Lefebvre, book smashing FPÖ Jugend free sunglasses, E string of nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, ballpoint pen on guitar body)
Sam Bunn is an artist and independent scholar, working between installation, performance, and film to explore a missing strand of popular storytelling, the eutopian narrative. Focused on trying to imagine a more shared socio-political global norm, his practice is based on an experimental approach to making and regularly involves working with others.
The Invisible Band · Day 4
20:20 · Thursday, 6. August, 2020
Day 219, Minute/Year 2020 · bb15, Linz
Aimilia Liontou and GG · Bike-guitar four-hands
Aimilia Liontou was born in Athens in 1991. She lives between Athens, Greece, and Linz, Austria.
The Invisible Band · Day 5
20:20 · Friday, 7. August, 2020
Day 220, Minute/Year 2020 · bb15, Linz
Aron Hollinger · Electric guitar
The Invisible Band · Day 6
20:20 · Saturday, 8. August, 2020
Day 221, Minute/Year 2020 · bb15, Linz
Rosa Fürpass-Netočný · Voice
The Invisible Band · Day 7
20:20 · Sunday, 9. August, 2020
Day 222, Minute/Year 2020 · bb15, Linz
Christopher Haritzer · Bass clarinet (and dishwasher)
These were the results of The Invisible Band. We’re grateful to Gabriela for organising and overseeing the entire process, and of course to Adriana Torres Topaga, Gerald Harringer, Sam Bunn, Aimilia Liontou and GG, Aron Hollinger, Rosa Fürpass-Netočný, and Christopher Haritzer.
Here are all the days combined, as a single one-minute video:
From today, this particular week-long intervention will begin to fade into the quietness of the late-summer bb15 space — somewhat similarly to its predecessor, Remote Voices, back in April 2020. However, there are plans for possible future interventions. If you’d like to be kept up-to-date on these and other plans, make sure to check on Instagram and Mastodon to get the latest.
Below is a grid of the spectrograms created throughout the time of The Invisible Band. And finally, for more about Minute/Year generally, take a look at the page about the work on the Kovács/O’Doherty website here.