TED Announces 2019 Fellows

Inventive, creative and inspirational people chosen for this year's program

Celebrating its 10th class, the 2019 TED Fellows program welcomes a fleet of artists, inventors and entrepreneurs from a dozen countries and four continents. The honorees work across several industries and mediums, ranging from documentary photography and investigative journalism to urban astrophysics and space environmentalism—they come in to the program with work in progress and unanswered questions and bring the TED community along for their journeys. …

Robbie Thomson’s Spectacular XFRMR (Transformer)

The Glasgow-based artist on performing live with an electrifying Tesla Coil

Imagine the spectacle of a summer thunderstorm—with its smell of ozone, flashes of lightning and the charge of electricity in the air. What if you could somehow control the power of the lightning and harness it to create an artificial performance that evokes that same awe? Glasgow-based artist Robbie Thomson’s work “XFRMR (Transformer)” does just that. For the sonic performance, Thomson works with a Tesla …