Stillness takes its inspiration from the two climates Yann Novak have inhabited: Subtropical in Los Angeles and Oceanic in Seattle. In these works he investigates these climates’ almost static meteorological states and their emotional effect on their inhabitants.

Stillness.Diptych II

Digital print on acoustic absorbent panel, 2017
Exhibitions

The Future Eve, Fellowship of Contemporary Artists, Los Angeles, CA, January 28 – March 4, 2017

Stillness.Diptych

Giclée Prints on Maple Plywood, 2015

Part of a private collection.

Stillness.Subtropical

Digital Edition, 2015

Stillness.Subtropical is a high definition abridged version of a large multichannel audiovisual installation. The sound element was created using a recording of shortwave radio tuned to static in Los Angeles.  Because radio waves are effected by both water vapor in the troposphere and ionization in the upper atmosphere from the sun, the recording contains a unique signature from the atmosphere the waves traveled through. Similarly the video elements is made up of numerous photographs taken over a span of months, always pointed at the horizon. These photographs capture a more literal portrait of the climate.  These elements are then digitally altered to create an ambiguous abstraction, leaving enough of the source to guide the experience and define the location, but abstract enough to create an immersive environment perfect for contemplation and personal reflection.

Seditions

Stillness.Oceanic

Digital Edition, 2015

Stillness.Oceanic is a high definition abridged version of a large multichannel audiovisual installation. The sound element was created using a recording of shortwave radio tuned to static in Seattle.  Because radio waves are effected by both water vapor in the troposphere and ionization in the upper atmosphere from the sun, the recording contains a unique signature from the atmosphere the waves traveled through. Similarly the video elements is made up of numerous photographs taken over a span of years, always pointed at the horizon. These photographs capture a more literal portrait of the climate.  These elements are then digitally altered to create an ambiguous abstraction, leaving enough of the source to guide the experience and define the location, but abstract enough to create an immersive environment perfect for contemplation and personal reflection.

Seditions

Stillness

Audiovisual Installation, 2015
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Stillness combines reworking of Stillness.Subtropical and Stillness.Oceanic into a large scale diptych spread over 5 projectors with an 4ch sound element per side.  This produces an immersive experience that changes so slowly the effect is imperceptible to the audience and creates a nearly static state.

The sound elements were created using recordings of shortwave radio signal tuned to static in each location.  Because radio waves are effected by both water vapor in the troposphere and ionization in the upper atmosphere from the sun, each recording, though similar, contains a unique signature from the atmosphere the waves traveled through. Similarly the video elements are made up of numerous photographs taken over a span of months in the case of Stillness.Subtropical and years in Stillness.Oceanic, always pointed at the horizon. These photographs capture a more literal portrait of these climates.  All these elements are then digitally altered to create an ambiguous abstraction, leaving enough of the source to guide the experience and define the location, but abstract enough to create an immersive environment perfect for contemplation and personal reflection.

Exhibitions

Sky-lit: Volume, Light, and Sound, The Broad, Los Angeles, CA, February 15, 2015

Stillness.Oceanic

Audiovisual Installation, 2010
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Stillness.Oceanic is presented as a large scale projection with a 4.1ch sound element.  This produces an immersive experience that changes so slowly the effect is imperceptible to the audience and creates a nearly static state.

The sound element was created using a recording of shortwave radio tuned to static in Seattle.  Because radio waves are effected by both water vapor in the troposphere and ionization in the upper atmosphere from the sun, the recording contains a unique signature from the atmosphere the waves traveled through. Similarly the video elements is made up of numerous photographs taken over a span of years, always pointed at the horizon. These photographs capture a more literal portrait of the climate.  These elements are then digitally altered to create an ambiguous abstraction, leaving enough of the source to guide the experience and define the location, but abstract enough to create an immersive environment perfect for contemplation and personal reflection.

Exhibitions

Stillness, Soundfjord, London, UK, September 1 – 25, 2010

Stillness.Subtropical

Audiovisual Installation, 2010
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Stillness.Subtropical is presented as a large scale projection with a 4.1ch sound element.  This produces an immersive experience that changes so slowly the effect is imperceptible to the audience and creates a nearly static state.

The sound element was created using a recording of shortwave radio tuned to static in Los Angeles.  Because radio waves are effected by both water vapor in the troposphere and ionization in the upper atmosphere from the sun, the recording contains a unique signature from the atmosphere the waves traveled through. Similarly the video elements is made up of numerous photographs taken over a span of months, always pointed at the horizon. These photographs capture a more literal portrait of the climate.  These elements are then digitally altered to create an ambiguous abstraction, leaving enough of the source to guide the experience and define the location, but abstract enough to create an immersive environment perfect for contemplation and personal reflection.

Exhibitions

Stillness, Soundfjord, London, UK, August 4 – 28, 2010

Related Recordings & Publications

The Future Eve

Catalog, 2017