Monday Feb 11, 2008
From An Artist Empowered:
Although seemingly overlooked for years, there is a current renaissance of interest in the eccentric man who understood electricity. In the mid-1880’s, Nikola Tesla, a lanky twenty-eight-year-old Serbian immigrant and eccentric genius, nervously laid out his plans for alternating electric current (AC) to his hero, Thomas Edison.
However, Edison was already heavily committed to direct electric current (DC), a delivery system that was both cumbersome and inefficient. Edison gave the eager and penniless Tesla a job, but not why you might reason. He hired Tesla to keep him from further developing AC, which was clearly the superior technology.
After a brief time, Tesla quit working for Edison over two primary reasons: the AC issue and Edison’s failure to pay him a $50,000 premium for a select number of innovations he had developed for DC power.
I have heard of Tesla recently, too.
But how does this post relate to art?
In art, or anything else for that matter, when you are confronted with a higher standard—adopt it immediately and raise your level of awareness in the process.
Another lesson here: While Edison is most associated with developing electricity and the lightbulb, he didn’t ‘invent’ either.
The true genius Tesla who gave us AC power that drives industrialized society has been marginalized in the history books—but that can change over time.