Yann Seznec's sound installation is created from hundreds of fans controlled by real-time weather data. Drawing on wind conditions in South Africa, New Zealand, England, Canada and India, Seznec's composition offers a portrait, at once accurate and abstract, of the commonwealth, exploring ideas of distance, data, modern convenience and memory. 'Currents' is one of a number of newly commissioned works for the eleventh Edinburgh Art Festival.
"I am very flattered and extremely excited to be selected for the New Music Biennial. This project will bring my work to a truly global audience, and I can't wait to get started." Yann Seznec
"We are delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this nationwide celebration of new music. As the UK’s largest annual visual art festival taking place alongside the world’s largest performing arts festival, we offer a unique context for experiencing major cross art form commissions by Scottish, UK and international artists." Edinburgh Art Festival
About Yann Seznec
Yann Seznec is a musician and artist living in Edinburgh. His work focuses on interaction and physical sound. He works as a solo performer, as acoustic duo The Seznec Bros, and with internationally renowned musicians including Matthew Herbert. Seznec's work has been shown / performed at venues including the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Chapter Cardiff, Royal Opera House, AND, MIT Media Lab, CCA Glasgow, Berghain Berlin, Liquid Rooms Tokyo and Mediamatic Amsterdam.
Seznec is founder of Lucky Frame, a company specializing in fun, intuitive musical software. He studied at the University of Edinburgh, receiving an MSc in Sound Design.
About Edinburgh Art Festival
Founded in 2004, Edinburgh Art Festival is the UK’s largest annual festival of visual art, offering the chance to experience the best contemporary Scottish, UK and international artists in the context of exhibitions of some of the most important artists and movements of the 20th century and historical periods. Attracting over 280,000 attendances in 2013, Edinburgh Art Festival brings together the capital’s leading galleries, museums and artist-run spaces, alongside new public art commissions by established and emerging artists and an innovative programme of special events. Edinburgh Art Festival is a charitable organisation supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council.
The performance of Currents was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 12 July 2014 and is available as a digital download in MP3 and FLAC formats here.