During his residency, Niklas Roy created a site-specific installation Perpetual Energy Wasting Machine located in the elevator of WRO Art Center. Documentation of the installation reached over 50.000 views during first weekend YouTube!
Selected comments: This is GENIUS! / Thank you for this inspirational piece of energy wasting. / A beautiful and horrible art project. / Sir, you TOTALLY got the point of the video. Congratulations. / Art for fuck’s sake! / This is a brilliant metaphor for almost everything that goes wrong in this world.
Perpetual Energy Wasting Machine consists of a rope and pulley construction installed in the staircase moves the elevator in an endless loop between the first and the second floor. Each cycle, a modified calculator, mounted inside the elevator sums up the energy which is required to lift a glass and steel cabin of 350 kg up by 3,42 m (the floor height of WRO Art Center). The unit is Kilojoules.
Niklas Roy (b. 1974), a graduate of visual communications at the University of the Arts in Berlin, uses art in order to explore technology. The outcome of his research are mechanical sculptures, electric machines, interactive performances and electronic devices. Before concentrating on making art, he worked as director, as 3D animator and as visual effect supervisor for several international film productions. Niklas is the founder of Royrobotiks and he is a founding member of the “Gruppe für Servicekunst und Dekorationsgestaltung”. He lives and works in Berlin.