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Elegy for Tesla, conceived and created by artist Jeanne Jaffe, integrates technology with sculpture, evocative soundscapes, and theatrical sets to create a psychological dreamscape and biographical narrative.

Jaffe’s work often selects historical figures that embody disparate psychological characteristics. The choice of Tesla as a subject was driven by his historic contributions to wireless communications technologies that brought him fame and celebrity, and without which our current digital world would not have been possible. Tesla’s life follows a mythological trajectory, which Jaffe explores in this installation.

The installation includes a variety of three-dimensional objects, with imagery culled from Tesla’s inventions and explorations. These include life-size figurative sculptures of Tesla as a young man and in his later years. Additionally, digital technology has been used to develop speech soundscapes, which convey musical tonality to suggest a range of emotions and psychological states; and stop-motion video animation depicts Tesla as a marionette acting out scenes from his historical arc. There is also an immersive video projection of Niagara Falls, where Tesla invented the first hydro-electrical power station.


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