56th International Art Exhibition – Biennale di Venezia 2015

Tesla transformer in oil bath, 1900, © Vienna University, Faculty of Physics_Eva Mayr, COLORADO SPRINGS, 2015, © the artist_Wendelin Pressl, APPARATUS TO OBSERVE THE SURFACE OF THE MOON, 2013, © the artist, © photo_Eva Mayr

I took a stick and drew the diagrams in the sand. NIKOLA TESLA

The Tesla exhibition combines two main themes:

On the one hand, the theme of Tesla’s approach, research, inventions and discoveries being creative work comparable to the work of an artist.

On the other hand the theme of invention itself, which for Tesla implied the greatest exaltation of the human spirit, and is regarded by Michel Serres as the only authentic intellectual act.

The similarity between the inventor Nikola Tesla, who worked independently of traditional scientific research streams, and the artist, who strives for independence and autonomy, may be described in the words of Kleist as the lonely center of a lonely circle, in which for both the inventor and the artist, creation — in lofty terms — represents the only spark of life in the great realm of death.

In the juxtaposition of Nikola Tesla’s own works with the artworks of the participating artists, the relationship between science and art is illuminated.

The manner in which invention – as the only authentic intellectual act – manifests in Tesla’s works and in the works of the artists is a crucial aspect of the exhibition.

Following artists are participating:

Chris Burden – Thomas Feuerstein – Nicolas Jasmin – Eva Kotátková – Eva Mayr – David Moises – Wendelin Pressl – Hans Schabus – Maria Stimm – Simon Starling – Lawrence Weiner

Curated by:

Eva Mayr