Human Greenenergy - Yann Toma

Human Greenenergy - Yann Toma

As part of Beijing Design Week, the artist Yann Toma plans, in collaboration with the architect Anne-Laure Gimenez, to illuminate a monument in Beijing in similar fashion to the Human Greenergy illumination that took place during the COP21 in Paris, where visitors cycled to light up the Eiffel Tower. Toma’s projects, which are always rooted in a social context, are an attempt to reconfigure our collective memory. 


Housed in an old market at the heart of the Baitasi historical neighbourhood, this participative installation will spark a series of exchanges and artistic physical endeavours at the service of the environment. The market’s roof, transformed into an interactive hanging garden, is both a social and cultural scene, which encourages visitors to take part in interconnected physical activities. In fact, all the Baitasi community residents and visitors to Beijing Design Week are invited to expend calories through dance, taichi and gymnastics, with the energy from this effort being symbolically collected to illuminate the Baitasi stupa. The perfect occasion to burn some calories and participate in this great installation of the people!

The harvested collective energy is, during the daytime, translated into coloured streams on giant screens with sound accompaniments, while at night it is transformed into light projected on the White Dagoba, thereby linking it to the energy production site of its visitors.

Throughout the event, Human Greenergy will be connected to the rest of the world through the smartphone app “Runtastic”, which will share this collective energy in real time.

 Born in 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Yann Toma is a French artist and researcher operating in the field of contemporary art. He is also an artist-observer in permanent residency in United Nations.
The fundamental idea behind his projects, which are always rooted in a social context, is to reconfigure the elements that links us and to demonstrate the transformative power of participative and collective mass actions. Art is used as a way of manifesting energy flows, as well as a fully-fledged source of energy in its own right.


28.09.2016 - 30.09.2016
Free entrance
Dance Time
28/09 16:00-17:30, 18:30-19:30
29/09 18:30-21:00
30/09 18:30-21:00
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Gongmenkou Vegetable Market

East Intersection Gongmenkou

Xicheng district, Beijing, Beijing



Discover also the exhibition Radiant Flux, presented by Yann Toma in parallel with the installation Human Greenenergy.. Meet at Peugeot Avenue from September 26 to October 26 to enjoy ten surprising works around light and energy conveyed by it.

The radiant flux links to materialization. They cause unexpected storms and freeze of the outstanding situations. These are disturbances. The radiant flux are not seen who register on the photographic film. They include lack. Yann Toma presents a selection of pictorial compositions performed between 2014 and 2016 in several countries around the world. A new exhibition in an emblematic place in Beijing, mixing past and present, history and modernity.

Also learn  the making work of the artist on the 2nd floor, in the Peugeot Design Lab.

26.09.2016 - 26.10.2016
Free entrance


Peugeot Avenue

32 Qianmen Dajie, beside the restaurant Quan Ju De

Dongcheng district, Beijing, Beijing







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