Video

Sparks

Gisèle Trudel (Ælab) and Stéphane Claude (Ælab)

2005, 40:00 minutes, colour, English

TAPECODE 785.05

Sparks is a modular video series comprised of 5 video capsules which finds its inspiration in the life of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943).
Sparks mixes documentary facts within a larger experimental genre with shifting perspectives which include interviews, autobiographical texts, animations, archival sources, metaphorical interpretations and original sound design. The five capsules can be seen independently, in clusters of two or three, or all together, and can be interspersed within a thematic video programme.
Interviews with Jeffrey Stanley (screenwriter, New York), Velimir Abramovic (philosopher, Belgrade, Serbia) and Andrew Michrowski (director of PACE (Planetary Association for Clean Energy, Ottawa).�

s1 Tesla and his time 1999, 7 min 45s
An overview of his life work and prodigious personality.

s3 Niagara Falls
2005, 6 min 20s
The war of the currents (AC vs. DC), and Edison’s rivalry with Tesla.

s5 Colorado Springs 2005, 5 min 11s
The wireless transmission of electricity/energy.

s8 Wardenclyffe 1999, 9min 46s
His laboratory in Long Island, N.Y. where in 1901 he tried to establish the basis for his «World Broadcasting System.»

s11 Tesla and the future 2005, 9 min 57s
The legacy of the inventor and a reflection on the perception of time.

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