Yann Seznec, Game Designer in Residence at the Maryland Institute College of Art Game Lab in Baltimore, is visiting the Technoculture, Art and Games cluster at Milieux. Yann is an artist and musician whose work focuses on sound, music, physical interaction, games, and building new instruments.
On Friday, March 6th at 1pm, Yann will be giving a talk followed by a quick sound workshop at TAG (EV 11.435).
Much of Yann’s work involves building custom instruments such as musical pigsties, slinky instruments, candle-based sound installations, electromechanical mushroom spore reactors, and more. His short talk will focus on Prayer Request, his installation and performance inspired by (and based upon) a subgenre of YouTube videos involving people asking for help to attract divine attention for their personal problems. The work uses light sensors and candles to control the sound – following the talk attendees will work together to create their own sound installation using the same hardware and software system.
Yann is particularly interested in using playful musical interactions to reveal our problematic relationships with media. Recent projects include residencies at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, the Floating Cinema in London, Playable City Lagos, and Timespan in the Scottish Highlands. He has performed at The Roundhouse London, Mutek Montreal, Melbourne Recital Hall, Liquid Rooms Tokyo, Köln Philharmonie, Fak’ugesi Johannesburg, and more. He is founder of the award-winning creative studio Lucky Frame and was most recently a lecturer at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. In December 2015, he received the British Composer Award for Sonic Art for his 2014 Edinburgh Art Festival work “Currents”.