The best part about going to an exhibition is losing a sense of your own existence and getting to know the artist. Trying to understand from his or her perspective.
Many times this great inventor crosses my mind – not because I actively research his work or know his entire biography – but because he inspires me.
I feel a connection, for a number of reasons. Firstly, our roots – Croatia’s Lika region, where my ancestors are from and where he was born. Secondly, because of his never-ending need to keep digging new wells of his potential.
Thirdly, he spent a part of his life in Croatia and a part in the US. He was fascinated by nature. He was moved by artists and believed in their power to influence the world. He was deeply impressed by the city of Paris. He practiced modesty in material things, worldly pleasures, aspiring to lift his mind and spirit.
Throughout the exhibition Nikola Tesla – Mind from the Future, I kept asking myself: would this amazing man think we were silly in trying to figure out his motivations and ideas when even he could not seem to capture and materialize them all?
In overcoming the perception of time and overcoming bodily needs, his views became timeless, applicable to modern life, as well as the future.
So many years after his passing, ripples of Tesla’s creative and scientific work are still so relevant and visible wherever we turn. Is that not enough heritage in itself? Shouldn’t we all strive to leave traces such as these, in our own authentic way?
Mr. Tesla, if you were still alive and if I could approach you with a few words, I would like to say thank you. Thank you for inspiring so many of us. I hope that your unconventional way of living and thinking rubs off on a couple of us, too.
A few of Nikola Tesla’s most famous inventions that are used to this day:
1. Alternating current – electricity that changes its direction through time, and what we use today for things as essential as lighting
2. Electrical generator – a machine that transforms mechanical energy into electric energy
3. Induction motor – has a rotating part, through which electrical energy is transferred without contact (by induction) by the action of a rotating magnetic field
4. Rotating magnetic field – used in generators, a magnetic field whose direction rotates in space
5. Tesla Coil – a transformer for producing high voltage and high-frequency alternating current
6. Tesla electricity – high-frequency alternating currents produced in the Tesla Coil, used even for bioelectromagnetic healing
7. wireless power transmission – when electric energy is transferred from source to consumer without connecting to an electrical circuit (e.g. wireless mobile phone charging)