More railway research. The Stralau–Treptow Spreetunnel (in active use from 1899 to 1932) used to connect Stralau to Alt-Treptow through a tramline going under the river Spree. The tunnel still exists, but the entrances on both sides are filled in and the tunnel is flooded. To cross the tunnel with a tram used to take about two minutes. It takes just a little longer to do so rowing a boat.

A couple of days ago we posted about ‘Signal Tide — Two Passes,’ the audio mix derived from ‘Signal Tide.’ There’s also an accompanying interview, where we talked with Joel Ferree from the LACMA Art+Technology Lab about satellites, singing, sacredness, and space, for around a half an hour. It’s online here:

mixcloud.com/LACMA/signal-tide

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The two halves of the mix emulate the duration of two passes of the LES-1 satellite through the sky above Los Angeles — the original chronometer that structured the work. 📡 🛰

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‘Signal Tide — Two Passes’ is a 57-minute-long audio mix, in two halves. It is adapted from the score that structured ‘Signal Tide’ when it was presented in 2017. The mix uses music from the work, combined with sound derived from the radio signals of the LES-1 satellite. The music in the mix was recorded specially for the work.

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In 2016 and 2017, we spent quite a while chasing after an abandoned satellite, the LES-1, and working with accompanying music, sourced from sacred harp songs. The outcome, ‘Signal Tide,’ was presented at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in September 2017.

We wrote an account of ‘Remote Voices’ (one of the corona-lockdown interventions in ‘Minute/Year’ organised by Gabriela Gordillo last month at bb15 in Linz). The account has just been published by the Copenhagen Architecture Festival as part of their “corona essays” series of contemporary writing about covid-19 and the built environment. It’s online here, take a look: cafx.dk/corona-essays/remote-v 🏠

From last week: first journey out of the city since the beginning of the corona times, weaving a masked and careful path to the Brandenburg countryside. It was the beginning of a process of researching the routes of abandoned train lines in Brandenburg and Berlin, as part of what will (hopefully) become a new work. Five hours of walking. More soon.

So how does it work? Each evening, at 20:20, Gabriela will be present in the space at bb15, in Linz, where Minute/Year is currently running, and will read out text that has been contributed to ONE MINUTE ROOM. Anyone who would like to contribute is welcome to do so — the link to do so is right here, and it contains a more detailed outline of how to contribute to the work from anywhere in the world: etherpad.servus.at/p/min_year.

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From this evening (Wednesday, 20. May) until Saturday evening (23. May), there will be a daily one-minute intervention in Minute/Year, as part of the Art Meets Radical Openness 2020 (AMRO20) Festival in Linz, Austria — and you are welcome to be part of it.

One of the most striking parts of the week-long series was Gabriela creating a new dadaist poem from scratch, via a score written by Tristan Tzara a hundred years ago, in 1920. The photos and videos here show part of the process of creating that new poem, and you can see more about it, along with the rest of the week’s traces, in the post that we put on Medium about Remote Voices: medium.com/@kovacsodoherty/rem

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With a computer and speakers set up in the main space of bb15, Gabriela has undertaken a text-based intervention or activation each day since the beginning of April. This has included scores and texts from, among others, Yoko Ono, Kazimir Malevich, and Tristan Tzara. Each of these interventions has in turn created layers — both sonic and visual — in the daily slices recorded and archived by Minute/Year.

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Lockdown: time for dadaist poems. Over the past week, Gabriela Gordillo has been undertaking Remote Voices — a lockdown-compliant remote intervention series within the daily recordings made by Minute/Year, at bb15 in Linz.

Here are a couple of archival pictures of the the LES-5, prior to launch, along with a couple of screenshots that were posted by Scott Tilley on Twitter — he’s twitter.com/coastal8049 over there — of the process of recovering the signal from the satellite. As part of the recovery, he also confirmed that the LES-1 is still going strong up there, beeping down at us from 2,800 kilometres above our heads.

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LES-5 is alive! Signals from the LES-5 satellite, launched in 1967, were discovered last month by Scott Tilley, a Canadian amateur astronomer and satellite-hunter. The satellite is now believed to be the oldest-known functioning geostationary satellite. The LES-5 was the fifth of a series of nine satellites that were launched by the US Air Force from 1965 to 1976.

Happy new year. The fifth annual iteration of Minute/Year began this week. And, as in previous years, the change of the year also brings a change in location. In 2020, Minute/Year is installed at bb15, in Linz, Austria. From January 1. until December 31., 2020, the work will record one minute of audio, at 8:20pm — or, 20:20 — each day.

Take a look at more about the work at www.minuteyear.com or more about bb15 at www.bb15.at ... 🌺

We’ve added the latest spectrogram images to the grid in the window at grüntaler9. The accompanying large-scale wall mural is also in the making (more on that later!) — so come along on Thursday or over the weekend and take a look... all the info is here: field-notes.berlin/en/programm

Yesterday’s walk was from St. Josef in Weißensee, all the way along Greifswalderstraße back to Mitte. We were up early for the 9am bell, and it was added in with the three previous ones. Here is part of how it looks in the space at the moment, with the bells and their accompanying polaroid images. Today we’ll be fetching the bell from Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche on Hauptstraße in Schöneberg. If you’d like to walk with us, we’ll be there at noon. 🔔🔔🔔🔔

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