Frequently Asked Questions

In what sense is TESLA a different award?
TESLA does not seek for portfolios or completed bodies of work, but rather awards new ideas which are instead yet to be produced. In this regard TESLA Award acts as a motivator for realisation of great ideas that would otherwise be difficult to complete. By offering cash prize, travel costs, residency and production support TESLA aims to empower emerging creators on their way to professional career and to bring new ideas to light.

Why did you start TESLA Award?

TESLA emerged from an observation of the needs of our local artistic scene. We often discussed what is missing and realised there are awards for many different fields, but not for transdisciplinary or media art. On top of this, the awards are often symbolic or honorary, and don’t really contribute toward the ambition or realisation of works or to further artistic development.

I have a great idea, but I am afraid I won’t be able to realise it alone.
This is why we are here. The aim of TESLA Award is to help emerging creators with research process and production of a new project. We will carefully review the proposed idea with you, help you overcome obstacles, discuss materials and technical needs as well as trying to be as supportive as we can. Therefore you will be able to realise your new work in the best possible way.

Why only artists from Slovenia?
In its first year TESLA Award is conceived in partnership with the Summer Sessions programme of V2_Lab, Rotterdam. Following the format of Summer Sessions, this year’s residency will be awarded to selected Slovenian artist or an artist who lives and works in Slovenia (citizenship is not a condition). In the following years the award will be extended regionally, to the broader region of South-East Europe, so you can expect the new international open call for TESLA Award towards the end of the year!

Why TESLA?
TESLA Award stands for Transdisciplinary Explorative Slovenian Art Award. TESLA Award tends to reflect the spirit behind creative work of one of the greatest innovators of the modern age, Nikola Tesla, who was born and raised in the remote area of the Balkans (Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Croatia). His approach of combining diverse principles and
ideas as well as deep belief in progress for whole humanity are great inspiration for us.

Can we apply as a group / collective?
Yes you can. The application, however, needs to be submitted by an individual who is part of the group and who is
not older than 35 years of age.

Do I have to participate in the residency?
Yes, the awardee should be able to participate in the 6 to 8 week residency in Rotterdam between July and September 2017. We provide the residency with the purpose of providing a dedicated time, space and mentorship in realising the project idea.

What is the TESLA budget?
TESLA offers a 3000 eur award for the artist fee. It provides travel costs and accommodation in Rotterdam and a production budget to realise the project idea. The production budget is an essential part of the project proposal and will be discussed and optimised with the awardee after the selection. Daily allowance and food in Rotterdam is the expense of the awardee.

I’m a poet / woodcutter / cook. Can I apply?
If your have a great idea for an art project and an artistic ambition you can apply. TESLA is not awarded for portfolios and merit.

I have already realised my project.
You shouldn’t apply with a project that was already realised. However, if your project idea is a significant upgrade and development of your existing project, we might consider it for the award.