Lecture by Niklas Roy


The last public lecture within this year's NELT Educational Program was presented by the prominent "media artist" from Germany Niklas Roy, who deals with the relationships between art and technology, primarily through the creation of interactive, mechanical installations. His lecture was held at Nova Iskra on Thursday, March 23rd at 6 PM.

End of March marks the finalization of the second cycle of NELT Educational Program, which was realized from May 2016 through the cooperation of Nova Iskra, G12 Hub and NELT company. Special guest of the program is the prominent media artist Niklas Roy from Berlin, who has prepared a four-day workshop in the field of interaction design for the participants, while the results were presented within the final event and exhibition on March 25th.

During his visit, Niklas Roy also held a public lecture at Nova Iskra on Thursday March 23rd at 6 PM, where he presented his work and most important projects, among which are many award-winning interactive installations, as well as projects that attracted a lot of attention on blogs and online media dedicated to interactive and new media art.

Niklas Roy (www.niklasroy.com) uses art to investigate technology. His research usually results in mechanical sculptures, electrical machines, interactive performances and electronic devices. Before he focused his career on the arts, he worked as a director, 3D animator and supervisor of visual effects for several international film productions. Among his well-known projects are Pongmechanik (electromechanical reconstruction of the game Pong), My Little Piece of Privacy (robotic curtain), Electronic Instant Camera (that prints images on fiscal thermal paper) or the Perpetual Energy Wasting Machine.

Niklas Roy has received numerous awards for his work, while his projects were presented at many exhibitions and festivals, including Nam June Paik Art Center (Yongin-si), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Japan Media Arts Festival (Tokyo), Kikka ( Namur) La Gaite Lyrique (Paris), Experimenta (Melbourne), Ars Electronica (Linz), Elektra (Montreal), Microwave (Hongkong), Transmediale (Berlin), Siggraph (San Antonio / Anaheim), Todays Art (The Hague) prototype (Sao Paulo) and many others.

Beside working on art projects, he often holds lectures and workshops, which will also be the case in Belgrade. Participants of this year's NELT Educational Program had the opportunity to participate in a four-day workshop Photon Attack!, while the workshop results were presented within the final event of this year's cycle, on SaturdayMarch 25th at 7 PM at Kolektiv gallery (Karađorđeva 53). On this occasion, the second cycle of NEP was presented, as well as a short film that documents the process during which eight workshops, seven public lectures, a series of study visits  and mentoring sessions were held during the whole year.

From April 2016 until March 2017, NELT is organizing the second cycle of its NELT Educational Program for students, in collaboration with Nova Iskra and Gallery 12 Hub. The aim is for the participants to develop practical skills form the domains of design and new media, through teamwork and inspiration that will empower them to turn their ideas into real projects, whose further development may be supported by NELT.