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Yann Novak

Menu Work

The East River Project

, 2006–07
— Soundwalk

The East River Project, A collaboration between Gretchen bennett and yann Novak combines online downloads and direct street encounters to activate the public space of the neighborhood they inhabit, The International District. The web site is a base camp for the street installation, where you’ll find a downloadable map with the perimeters of the installation and a downloadable MP3, as well as instructions on it’s use. The order in which the walk should be experienced is completely open, so each view of the work is unique to the viewer, to preserve the element of discovery.

The MP3 contains field recordings made in Brooklyn and Manhattan. These source recordings have been combined and mixed in Seattle to produce a narrative soundtrack for the walking tour.

On the walking tour, multiple Day-Glo orange stencils supplant Pioneer Square concrete and Chinatown pavement with orange silhouettes of the Williamsburg Bridge, The Dominos Sugar Factory Tower and pit bull variety dogs, enabling viewers to experience their environment in a state of hyper-awareness, by referencing a parallel but different landscape. The stencils are made of the same marking paint used by municipal workers to mark gas mains, so the transplanted landscape elements blend with the surrounding street text. The Brooklyn images are dispensed in multiples, enabling them to live on, even as they are receding landmarks in their own Brooklyn setting.