Talking to Tesla

A Visit From Nikola Tesla

Beginning in 2004, painter Alex Bigney underwent experiences that profoundly impacted his art and changed his life. In a series of uncanny dreams the enigmatic and now largely forgotten scientist, Nikola Tesla, visited him. Ironically, the first of these experiences took place before the artist even knew who Tesla was.

Talking to Tesla, An Artist’s Dream Journal, is the result of years of reflection and insight initiated by these experiences. It tells the remarkable story of Alex Bigney’s evolving and intimate connection with Nikola Tesla.

The Book

Enter a labyrinth of timeless dreamscapes, riddles and spiritual beauty when a midlife artist dreams he is strangely visited by the once renowned, but now largely forgotten scientist, Nikola Tesla. Ironically told that he is to carry on Tesla’s work, the artist embarks on an epic dream journey, inviting readers to share in a surprising and intimate friendship where lines between the seen and unseen fuse.

Talking to Tesla, An Artist’s Dream Journal spins an extraordinary tale that recursively builds intersecting worlds of what is both alien and familiar. The story captivates readers by recalling lost innocence and wonder—pointing the way to forgotten “Edens” and the mystery of ordinary life, as seen through an artist’s eyes.

Unusual, voyeuristic descriptions of an artist’s mind and work combine historic paintings’ themes with riddles of individual consciousness. With Tesla as guide, the artist is led onstage to experience a “theater of me” including displays, puzzles, comedies and characters that inspire and awaken readers to everyday possibilities.

A book you will read over and over, Talking to Tesla is about simple inspiration in an average life—asserting that perhaps there’s an “artist” not so deep within each of us.

5 Responses to “Talking to Tesla”
  1. RoosterTree says:

    Inspirational? Awesome.

    But if communication with the dead were possible on the level the synopsis claims, he’s trying to pull a low-level L Ron Hubbard or Joseph Smith Jr. I mean, Tesla was largely considered eccentric, if not insane, in his last days, & that’s the only explanation I can think of for Tesla to desire a painter-cum-writer to continue SCIENTIFIC work. Ugh.

    How gullible, ‘isn’t that a nice story’-ish, placebo effect affected do we really wish to aspire to?

    This trend of fiction masquerading as fact (without the obvious wink-wink) damages our culture.

    • Jess Smart Smiley says:

      I completely understand where you’re coming from and am myself leery of anything with this kind of claim. Talking to Tesla just so happens to be one of the most important books I have ever read. I’ve become good friends with the author over the last couple of years, and this is a very unique book. Definitely worth the time, if you have any desire to check it out. Actually, you can read the first few chapters via the website!

      • RoosterTree says:

        For its importance to you, is it in the parables? Is it a metaphor for the human trying to live in the modern world, or something of that magnitude? I suppose I feel burned by authors like James Frey, & films like Blair With Project & The Fourth Kind, which purported to be documents of truth (call me gullible), & therefore mistrustful.

      • Jess Smart Smiley says:

        That’s a very difficult question to answer. I wish we were talking about this in person, so that I could share some of what I love about the book with you. It’s just a very unique book, and I enjoy the experience of reading and learning from it more than almost any other book – in part because it is so genuine and has no pretense. I think it’s a book for curious people.

        Anyway, there’s a great chapter called “The Infinite Degrees of Santa Claus” that I’ve been sharing with my wife. It’s as humorous as it is insightful.

      • RoosterTree says:

        “The Infinite Degrees of Santa Claus” does sound intriguing 😉

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