@rt Outsiders is an annual festival devoted to the relationship between contemporary art, science and technology. This year the theme is electromagnetism.
The project was initiated and developed by Nina Czegledy and Louise Provencher, and jointly curated by Jean-Luc Soret for this Paris edition. Its main aim is to take the human body as a source, an echo, a transmitter or a point of resistance to electromagnetic waves.
Previously presented in Montreal, Karlsruhe, Madrid, Rotterdam and Budapest, Electromagnetic Bodies was designed from the outset as a platform for new interpretations. It is also an opportunity for guest artists to pay tribute to the pioneering work of Nikola Tesla. Although a key figure in science and technology all over the world, Tesla (1856-1943) is hardly known to the general public. A visionary inventor, he contributed to the emergence of the industrial age over his hundred of innovations, including the development of wireless communication, the utopisitc large-scale transmission and distribution of electricity, and the emergence of robotics. Electromagnetism remains an enigma even though its effects are more and more visible in our daily lives.