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.
As its point of departure, Relocation.Vacant uses the sound of the empty loft Novak lived and worked in for over four years. Presented in an empty gallery with nothing to obscure or hide the equipment used to produce the piece, Relocation.Vacant exaggerates the cavernous feelings of the slow dismantling and eventual erasure of the dweller’s personality from a space. The piece evokes nostalgia–nostalgia of the first steps into the space and of everything that transpired from that first moment up until the point of departure.