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We can't take it all with us

by Yann Novak

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"We Can’t take it all with us" was originally performed as a 4 hour performance with Rafa Esparza in his exhibition "They spent their time doing nothing. They let intimacy fuse them" at the Vincent Price Art Museum. The piece incorporates sounds collected in Elysian Park when Esparza took Novak on a guided tour of sites encountered by men seeking anonymous gay sexual encounters. Through the duration of the gallery hours Novak used these sounds in conjunction with synthesized sounds to pull the feeling and atmosphere of the park into the gallery.

Museum goers were invited to 'cruise' the original performance by entering and exiting as they pleased. We Can’t take it all with us is presented here as a 47 minute composition for listening at home or while cruising.


released May 27, 2014

Cover: Detail of "They spent their time doing nothing. They let intimacy fuse them" by Rafa Esparza, 2014
Photo by Robert Crouch
Thanks: Rafa Esparza & The Vincent Price Art Museum

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Yann Novak Los Angeles, California

Yann Novak is an interdisciplinary artist and composer based in Los Angeles. His work is guided by his unique perspective as a queer autodidact. Informed by his partial color blindness and dyslexia, Novak uses sound and light to explore how these intangible materials can act as catalysts to focus our awareness on our own direct experience. ... more

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