|Rožna dolina cesta II/36, SI-1000 Ljubljana|
|Founded by||MoTA Museum of Transitory Art|
|Neja Tomšič, MoTA projects coordinator|
An acronym for Transdisciplinary Explorative Slovenian Art Award, the name TESLA is also alluding to Nikola Tesla, a maverick innovator and thinker born in 1856 in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The award is firmly rooted in an understanding of the needs of the artistic field in the Balkan region, where a thorough and consistent institutional support for such artistic endeavours is somewhat lacking. One of the aims is thus to improve the conditions of artistic production, with another important dimension being that of forefronting younger, yet unrecognised artists in the early stages of their career.
The applicants – who must be under 35 years old – should apply with new, previously unrealised project ideas. In 2017 they must be Slovenians, but in the years to follow people from the wider region will also be invited to enter the competition.
Awarded projects and artworks
One can enter with pieces such as Interactive Sculptures, Generative and AV Installations, Sound Art, AV projects, Kinetic Artworks, Light Art, Tactical Media and other forms of art combining traditional and digital media. The winner is selected by an international jury.
The realised artwork become a part of the Impermanent MoTA Collection. By applying, the artist grants permission to MoTA to exhibit the work locally and internationally. Also, the new artwork will be presented at the City Museum of Ljubljana, a partner at the project.