Being short audio recordings of place and people begun a decade after a sudden near-death.
At the age of 33, just days after becoming a new mother, I began dying – fast, and without pain or warning: an arterial haemorrhage that happened at home on an afternoon so quiet I could hear my baby breathing in his basket. A miraculous ambulance arrived in just over a minute – diverting instantly from the road above mine – but my internal clock was already reset to what I have called ever since ‘the slow time of accidents’
In the first years after the emergency, I worked for a time as a hospice lifestory scribe – wishing both to render service to those facing death, and to understand better my own close encounter with it. Listening to those at end of life, I became fascinated by the brief moments that seemed to last and resurface in memory – replayed on repeat, so it seemed, by those I met.
My One Minutes project is a rest-of-life response to this experience, begun just after its tenth anniversary.
The sound of wind in the leaves of my mentor the sculptor David Nash’s Ash Dome; crows calling in Japan; the stream behind my husband’s childhood home; singing in the kitchen with my young children; birdsong in an English churchyard; a fire in the grate: The One Minutes recordings move between the rare and mundane – those alternating currents from which all our lives are composed.
ONE MINUTE BY MY BEDROOM FIRE (ANNIVERSARY OF AN EXTRA LIFE): NOV 2019
ONE MINUTE WATCHING A BLACKSMITH AT WORK (GLYNDE FORGE): OCT 2019
ONE MINUTE OF A CARVER TALKING ABOUT STONE (FIRLE BEACON): SEPT 2019
ONE MINUTE BY RIVER ON A 25TH ANNIVERSARY (SOUTHEASE): JULY 2019
ONE MINUTE OF PASTURE THICK WITH LIFE (HAUTE SAVOIE): JULY 19
ONE MINUTE BY STREAM MY HUSBAND DAMMED AS BOY (CWMAMAN): AUG 2019
ONE MINUTE BY THE SEA AT MORAR (WEST HIGHLAND LINE): APR 2019
ONE MINUTE OF JEM FINER’S LONGPLAYER (YSP): APR 2019
ONE MINUTE OF HAMMERS HITTING MIRRORS (TATE MODERN): MAR 2019
ONE MINUTE BY A FIREPLACE (SUSSEX): NOV 18
ONE MINUTE ON THE RH&D RAILWAY (DUNGENESS): OCT 2018
(JUST OVER) ONE MINUTE OF NAIVE MELODY FOR A FRIENDSHIP ENDING: OCT 2018
ONE MINUTE ON RESIDENCY IN THE BUCKS MILLS ARTIST CABIN: AUG 2018
ONE MINUTE OF A ROUGH CELEBRATION OF ROOKS (LEWES): 4 JULY 2018
(LESS THAN) ONE MINUTE OF A TRAIN APPROACHING MOUNT FUJI (JAPAN): MAY 2018
(LESS THAN) ONE MINUTE OF JAPANESE CROWS (EVENING AT NARA): MAY 2018
ONE MINUTE IN THE ARASHIYAMA BAMBOO GROVE (JAPAN): MAY 2018
ONE MINUTE ON THE RIVER DART (FOR WILD WOMAN SWIMMING): APR 2018
ONE MINUTE OF BIRDSONG (FIRLE CHURCH): MAR 2018
ONE MINUTE OF MY FEET IN LAKE GENEVA (LAST DAY AT MICHALSKI): SEPT 2017
ONE MINUTE OF STREET MUSIC (ALONE IN LUCERNE, SWITZERLAND): SEPT 2017
ONE MINUTE OF COWS BELLS HEARD FROM CABLE CAR (MOUNT PILATUS): SEPT 2017
ONE MINUTE IN A STORM-SHOOK CORNISH HOTEL (CRACKINGTON): AUG 2017
ONE MINUTE IN THE ASH DOME OF DAVID NASH (SNOWDONIA): JULY 2017
ONE MINUTE IN A BORROWED HOUSE (BARBARA, BARBARA…): JULY 2017
ONE MINUTE WAITING A FRIEND’S RETURN (WL): 7 JULY 2017
ONE MINUTE SINGING WITH MY YOUNG DAUGHTER (ON A GOOD DAY): NOV 2016
The recordings are updated regularly on the One Minutes project page.
Tanya Shadrick’s debut book The Cure for Sleep – the story of a life transformed by sudden near-death – will be published in early 2022 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.