Yann Toma, born in 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Lives and works in Paris.
2015 Climate Statements, drawn portraits from heads of state at the UN, Espace Krajcberg, Paris
2014 PLASMA, solo show, phography, Bourouina Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2013 TRANSvision, Guest of Honour of Montrouge Biennal, Le Beffroi, Montrouge, France
2011 Dynamo-Fukushima, Grand Palais, Paris
Public collections (selection) : Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne (2000), Fond National d’Art Contemporain (2007), United Nations (2007), Giacometti Foundation (2008), RMN Grand Palais (2011)
Photo : Human Energy, Paris 2015 © Yann Toma/Ouest-Lumière & Adagp – scenography/design Artel-Domavenir and Yann Toma
Artist-entrepreneur, Yann Toma is President for life of Ouest-Lumière Company that he regenerates since 1991. This artistic energy company is a way for the artist to colonize, through fiction, new territories for art. Yann Toma is also artist-observer to the UN, and a university Phd professor at Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, where he leads the research team Art & Flux (Art, Diplomacy, Innovation).
His works comments on collective memory, environmental engagement, and the production of mutual and positive energy created with light and radiant flux. By making a personal connection to the viewer, our collective memory, and the transformative power of masses, his art becomes a means of materializing both energy flows, and energy in general.
Photo : Dynamo-Fukushima, monumental installation, Grand Palais, 2011 © Collection Grand Palais
Project: Human Energy, from 5 to 12 December 2015, Eiffel Tower
French artist Yann Toma, in association with the ARTEL design studio, will transform the Eiffel Tower into an immense energy antenna, each night from December 6-12. Using virtual energy generated by the actions of hundreds of millions people worldwide, it will be a powerful artistic statement that we can unite to deal with the climate crisis. At the heart of the installation is the largest ever virtual energy generator, involving hundreds of millions of people worldwide, everyday. A counter will display the physical calorie count of 75 million daily users of RUNTASTIC. It will also measure the volume of tweets generated live during COP21.
Press release: HUMAN ENERGY EIFFEL TOWER COP 21
Human Energy, Eiffel Tower, Paris © Yann Toma/Ouest-Lumière 2015 – scenography © ARTEL 2015 – Photo Shun Kambe
09/12/2015 / The New York Times: In Paris, Art Confronts 2 Crises (Elian Peltier)
09/12/2015 / L’Express: EN IMAGES. Les stars engagées pour la COP 21 à Paris
02/12/2015 / Le Monde: la COP21 versant artistique (Emmanuelle Jardonnet)
24/06/2015 / Le Figaro Madame: Yann Toma, l’artiste qui fait pédaler les foules (Laetitia Cénac)
HUMAN ENERGY PROJECT from Vincent Moya on Vimeo.
Making of : Dynamo – Fukushima installation… par Rmn-Grand_Palais