I started the Tesla Group in the early days of my residency at the Computer Science Department in 2005. I was the Department's first artist in residence, and my original aim was to introduce the staff to my area of interest by organising a series of invited lectures by leading thinkers and practitioners within the field of art|science. The scope of the group's activities has expanded and changed organically through time, and it now reaches out to a much broader community in a variety of ways.
Tesla Talks and Archive
The Tesla Talks and their online archive have now become our major output, reaching audiences all over the world through our UCL portal, and through various academic and social networking interfaces. The talks are usually held at 6 p.m.in the Garwood lecture theatre at UCL (see here for directions). They take place at irregular intervals (roughly every month or two) and usually last between 45 minutes and an hour, with about 15 minutes for Q&A, followed by informal discussions in the nearby Jeremy Bentham pub. We have no prescriptions or limitations concerning the subject and structure of the talk, except that it should address art and science understood in broad terms. Our aim is not to present an objective historical validation of the field, but rather to assemble and make available a series of very personal accounts that I like to call 'a diary of the best practice and thinking within art|science'.
In 2007, artist and filmmaker Amanda Egbe [http://amandaegbe.co.uk ] joined me to prepare video-documentaries of our talks and to develop our online video-archive as an integral part of her personal artistic practice.