Hello, I'm Niklas Roy!
I live in Berlin, I make (mostly interactive) art installations and I show others how to do that, too.
Through my work, I explore art, science and technology, often in the form of humorous installations and machines. I like to make as much as possible by myself, because engineering, constructing and coding is a nice way to keep learning new things. And furthermore, this hands-on DIY approach also constantly produces many ideas, which inspire projects yet to come.
Additionally, I'm interested in the history and imaginary futures of technology. By working with different materials and techniques, I develop interactive media, through which I share the unique and sometimes bizarre fruits of my contemplations.
My machines are exhibited all over the world. But not everyone has the chance to travel to those shows, and at some point the exhibitions also close their doors. In order to give a broader audience access to my work, I document and explain my projects here on my website. This often includes plans, schematics and source codes, so that others can either replicate or remix my works. Publishing my materials under open licenses is my standard practice.
I also like to teach others how to use technology in a creative, fun and reflected way. This happens in hands-on workshops, which I often conduct together with my partner Kati Hyyppä. We develop workshop concepts for people of all ages. Those workshops take place at art schools, museums, festivals, and other institutions.
Before I started to work as a freelance artist, I worked as a 3D Artist, Visual Effects Supervisor and Second Unit Director in the film industry (here's my IMDb profile). It's probably not super important, as this does not play a big role on this website. But I also know a thing or two about filmmaking.
If you want me to do a project, a workshop or a presentation, I'd be glad to hear from you! Just get in touch!
Social media & other platforms that I'm using
Turns out that I'm not the biggest user of social media, therefore I decided to start my own image sharing app. You can find it here.
However, there are some accounts which I have on other platforms on the Internet and I might use them from time to time:
- Twitter (short messages & updates on projects)
- Internet Archive (video files in their original quality)
- Github (codes and programs)
- Youtube (videos)
- Vimeo (also videos - but I'm not updating this profile anymore)
- Youmagine (3D files, mostly for printing)
- Google Photos (photos - not updated anymore)
- Soundcloud (sound recordings & music)