In a Minute

Connecting everyday sounds to the rhythm of global data

The keys in the front door, the scribbling of a pencil, the bubbling of the coffee pot. These elements of our everyday soundtrack hold meaning for all of us, so we programmed these familiar objects to move to the rhythm of our global impact.

With our students of the Master in Data and Design at Elisava we took part in Sonar +D in experiment to see how our everyday soundscape can connect us with overwhelming data that we couldn’t possibly comprehend otherwise.

What have you done with the last 60 seconds? Probably not too much, but around the world we made 1.388.888 cups of coffee, 267 babies were born, and 347,200 tweets were published. Still, these are just numbers.

The installation seeks to capture our manic contemporaneity through movement and create a space where global data can be heard, experienced, and shared as it is compressed into just one minute.

“In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow. And in an age of distraction, nothing is so luxurious as paying attention.”
― Pico Iyer

With this idea in mind we wanted to see what we could learn about our own contemporary moment of acceleration, by focussing on everyday sounds.

A contemporary take on a time-honoured tradition