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Yann Novak

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In Relocation, Yann Novak explores the multitude of emotional states experienced during and after the relocation of one’s life. Utilizing his unique technique of transforming a simple environmental recording into something emotional and visceral, Novak creates three installations, each using a different step of the moving process as a point of departure. In all three works, Novak alters the timbre of the recordings but not the length. By doing so he let the subtly changing character of the original recordings dictate how the pieces will unfold. The pieces are spared formal compositional interjection from the artist and allowed to exist in the limbo between documentation and composition.

Relocation.Triptych

, 2011
— Giclée Prints

Relocation.Triptych is a 2011 print edition in the Relocation series. The piece is composed from three stills from the audio/video installation Relocation.Mobile. These images have been altered and were originally intended for the Relocation.Reconstruction CD cover released on LINE in 2010 (LINE_045).

The Relocation.Triptych is printed on Crane Museo Max 365gsm paper.

Relocation.Immersion

, 2009—10
— Performance

Relocation.Immersion is derived from the sounds elements of the three installations in Yann Novak’s solo exhibition Relocation at Lawrimore Project in May 2009. In the original Relocation exhibition, Novak explored the multitude of emotional states experienced during and after the relocation of one’s life.

In Relocation.Immersion Novak continue this exploration into the relocation process a year after his physical relocation with the new insight that, though he have arrived at his destination, the relocation process is far from over.  By utilizing the altered sounds of these previous works as points of departure, Relocation.Immersion retains some of the moods and themes of the original experience, but reconstructs them into a slowly evolving immersion. Textures, tones and faint melodies drift in and out of existence, never standing still, always in a state of exposure and disintegration. Through the development of this subtle, yet dynamic state, a melancholic mood arises from the simultaneous experiences of discovery and loss.

Relocation.Vacant

, 2009
— Sound Installation

Relocation.Triptych is a 2011 print edition in the Relocation series. The piece is composed from three stills from the audio/video installation Relocation.Mobile. These images have been altered and were originally intended for the Relocation.Reconstruction CD cover released on LINE in 2010 (LINE_045).

The Relocation.Triptych is printed on Crane Museo Max 365gsm paper.

Relocation.Mobile

, 2009
— Audiovisual Installation

Relocation.Triptych is a 2011 print edition in the Relocation series. The piece is composed from three stills from the audio/video installation Relocation.Mobile. These images have been altered and were originally intended for the Relocation.Reconstruction CD cover released on LINE in 2010 (LINE_045).

The Relocation.Triptych is printed on Crane Museo Max 365gsm paper.

Relocation.Dislocation

, 2009
— Audiovisual Installation

Relocation.Triptych is a 2011 print edition in the Relocation series. The piece is composed from three stills from the audio/video installation Relocation.Mobile. These images have been altered and were originally intended for the Relocation.Reconstruction CD cover released on LINE in 2010 (LINE_045).

The Relocation.Triptych is printed on Crane Museo Max 365gsm paper.

Related Recordings & Publications

Relocation.Reconstruction

, 2010
— Album

Relocation.Reconstruction is derived from the sound elements of the three installations in Yann Novak’s solo exhibition Relocation at Lawrimore Project (May 2009). In the original exhibition, Novak explored the multitude of emotional states experienced during and after the relocation of one’s life.

With this latest work, Novak continues his exploration into this theme a year after the initial event that inspired him, with the new insight that although he has arrived at his destination, the relocation process is far from over.  By utilizing the altered sounds of the previous works as a point of departure, Relocation.Reconstruction retains some of the moods and themes of its predecessors, but reconstructs them into a slowly evolving, immersive composition. Textures, tones and faint melodies drift in and out of audible perception, never standing still, always in a state of becoming and disintegration. Through the development of this static, yet dynamic state, a familiar sense of melancholy arises from these simultaneous experiences of discovery and loss.

Credits

Mastered by Jamie Drouin.
Cover image is a still from Relocation.Mobile, 2009.

Relocation.Catalog

, 2009
— Exhibition Catalog

In Relocation, Yann Novak explores the multitude of emotional states experienced during and after the relocation of one’s life. Utilizing his unique technique of transforming a simple environmental recording into something emotional and visceral, Novak creates three installations, each using a different step of the moving process as a point of departure. In all three works, Novak alters the timbre of the recordings but not the length. By doing so he let the subtly changing character of the original recordings dictate how the pieces will unfold. The pieces are spared formal compositional interjection from the artist and allowed to exist in the limbo between documentation and composition.

Relocation.Catalog contains the essay “Striation, Erosion, Deformation, Recollection: The Erased Field Recordings of Yann Novak” by Christopher DeLaurenti which takes a look into the work and process of Yann Novak and draws some interesting comparisons. Included with the catalog is Relocation.Edits, a CD containing abridged versions of the sound works associated with each of the installations in the Relocation exhibition. The catalog also includes preparation and installation photos of Novak’s previous works.