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Hello! I'm Niklas Roy, an inventor of useless things. As you can find a lot of information about what I do on the left - I think I don't need to write too much about myself here.

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New Project: Galactic Dimension

Monday June 1, 2015


I’ve built a giant pinball machine and it’s super fun to play with! You can try it out, too, if you visit the current exhibition at Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg. Or, if this is too far, read my longer post about it and watch the video here.

New Project: Forbidden Fruit Machine

Monday May 18, 2015


Kati and me built a new machine: It’s a painting with a joystick! Control the apple and explore Cornelis Cornelisz. van Haarlem’s 1592 painting “The Fall of Man”.

Check the awesome video!

Forbidden Fruit Machine

Next Level

Friday January 30, 2015


After the overwhelming success of my installation Suck the Balls! at Goethe-Institut Cracow last year, the Goethe-Institut in Prague asked me to build a similar one for their building.

The installation opened last week and will be running for the next half year. This time, the pneumatic track is roughly 70 meters long. It goes from the entrance hall, through the staircase into the first floor, where it passes the institute’s library, then it makes its way back to the ground floor. The balls race through the entire pipe system within 11 seconds, which makes them in average 22.91 km/h fast (The video above is in slow motion). That’s stunning to watch and fun to play with.
Give it a visit when you’re in Prague!

Rapid Robots

Wednesday August 27, 2014


Last week, Kati and me gave a workshop on hi-speed d.i.y. robot construction for the School of Machines, Making & Make Believe, an art & tech summer school in Berlin.

The robots are shown next Friday at the Kunstquartier Bethanien at ScholOfMaaa’s final show.

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New project in Groningen:

Wednesday August 27, 2014


My latest machine, the “Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator” is currently installed at the Tschumi Pavilion in Groningen. You can visit it until the end of September.

Here, you can find the full documentation, including another video from ball perspective.

[ Edit: Added those supercool GIFs from Prosthetic Knowledge ]

Upcoming exhibition opening in Kraków

Monday March 3, 2014


This week on Thursday, 6PM, the project ‘Spieltrieb – the play in art, science and society’ will be kicked off at Goethe Institut Kraków. The project includes a one year exhibition of my new installation “Suck the Balls!” right at the Potocki Palace at Kraków’s main square (which is actually the Goethe Kraków headquarter).

Günter Schulz is testing

The construction consists of a little ball pit, a vacuum cleaner powered pneumatic tube transport and a ball shower.

Before I went to Kraków last week to set up the machine in the beautiful historic staircase of the palace, I asked my friend and technology aficionado Günter Schulz to come over to my workshop for some beta testing.

For further video analysis, I filmed Günter executing various performance tests.
Please analyze yourself:

Explosive Digital Data Storage

Monday March 3, 2014


Huh, it really has been a while since I updated my website! But here is finally the video of the installation which I made together with the Polish artist group panGenerator. Our idea was to create a digital data storage device with unclear capacity: If you fill it up too much with data, it will explode.

Data can be entered with a keyboard. Each letter which is entered into the balloon is also spoken out loud. And you can release previeously stored data again by hitting backspace. That will spell out old information and deflate the balloon.

The installation was built within a week, so there was not much time for testing. And at the end it turned out that it is rather hard to let the balloon explode. Such a balloon can really store quite a large amount of data :) And that’s also the reason why there’s no explosion to see in the otherwise really beautiful video :(

Thanks to Poland’s National Audiovisual Institute for inviting me to collaborate with the nice folks from panGenerator!

 

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