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Yann Novak

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Presence

, 2010–11
— Performance

Presence originated as a sound performance at an event curated by VOLUME at the Torrance Art Museum (June 2010). The original sound performance used a mixture of recordings taken with a cell phone of sounds that altered ones perception.  These recordings were then digitally enhanced their unique characteristics.

During the original performance, multiple artists also performed and interacted with the space.  Their unexpected interventions influenced the outcome and this unexpected interaction has become central to the pieces’ development.

Presence explores the trajectory from uneasy to breakthrough that can happen when unknown variables are combined.  Through the use of multiple sparse passages, Presence moves smoothly through the a number of states. Evenly paced passages drift slowly from one into another, beginning in dissonance and slowly shifting into complimentary over the duration of the piece.

Later versions of the performance are paired with similarly paced video projection based from still images of the beige walls of the original performance space that were bathed in red and blue light.  The projected light is intended to create an atmosphere for the performance to inhabit that is soft and neutral.

Related Recordings & Publications

Presence

, 2020
— Album

The original performance of Presence was at an event curated by VOLUME at the Torrance Art Museum in June 2010. During that event multiple artists performed simultaneously in the space.  This is when I first experienced the work of taisha paggett.

She was at the end of a 3 hour durational movement piece, seeing her perform across the room had a huge influence on how I performed the material I had prepared and set up a pacing I continue to explore today. In hindsight this was our first collaboration, but our first official collaboration was a few years latter and led to many more over the next 10 years.

I was lucky enough to get to design the packaging for the original release of Presence and the image I used for the reissue was the planned cover up to the last minute. 

Unfortunately I folded fear that it was to figurative and removed taisha at the last minute.  I am excited to get to feature her in this new version since she has becomes such an important artist and friend to me.


Credits

Mastered by Lawrence English at Negative Space.
Original photo by Robert Crouch.
Photo alteration by Yann Novak.

Presence

, 2011
— Album

Presence originated as a sound performance at an event curated by VOLUME at the Torrance Art Museum (June 2010). The original sound performance used a mixture of recordings taken with a cell phone of sounds that altered ones perception.  These recordings were then digitally enhanced their unique characteristics.

During the original performance, multiple artists also performed and interacted with the space.  Their unexpected interventions influenced the outcome and this unexpected interaction has become central to the pieces’ development.

Presence explores the trajectory from uneasy to breakthrough that can happen when unknown variables are combined.  Through the use of digitally enhanced recordings, all chosen for their ability to altered ones perception, Presence moves smoothly through the a number of emotional and physical states. Evenly paced passages drift slowly from one into another, beginning in dissonance and slowly shifting into complimentary over the duration of the piece.


Credits

Original photo by Robert Crouch.
Photo alteration & design by Yann Novak.