The (Very) Physical Comedy InstituteJune 8th - 24th, 2014
If you want to make your physicality funnier or your comedy more physical, then you’ve come to the right place. This institute is an intensive two-week laboratory, a unique opportunity to dive into the physical comedian’s tool chest, and have a whole lot of fun in the process. Held at the legendary Celebration Barn in Maine, eight world-class teachers will cover the whole spectrum of physical comedy (including human-Rube-Goldberg machines with Joseph Herscher). More info here.
Bread Goldberg MachineNew York, 2014
Simple Recipe for Perfect Bread
Ingredients: Eggs, flour, steel balls, three weeks of prep and a bucketload of patience.
Created for Berman, a family-owned Israeli bread company.
Sesame StreetNew York, 2013
Joseph meets Murray Monster and Ovejita in Central Park. He teaches them about kinetic art and makes a plant-watering Rube Goldberg machine.
This aired as four segments spread throughout the Sesame Street episode "House of the Year" in February, 2013.
Man Against MachineArs Electronica, Berlin, 2012
Joseph plays a game of soccer against his machine.
This was a live installation in Berlin, Germany, running for three months, where any passerby was invited to play.
Part of the Ars Electronica exhibition IMPETUS AND MOVEMENT in the Volkswagen Automobil Forum.
La Macchina BotanicaVenice Biennial, 2011
A plant-hydration system for the busy gardener.
Built over six days during the opening week of the Venice Biennial with the help of forty local school children.
La macchina botanica was commissioned by MICROCLIMA, a series of site-specific projects in the Greenhouse of Venice's Biennial Garden.
Inventgenuity WorkshopsBrooklyn and Boston, 2011
An intensive two day workshop overseen by Joseph involving 300 kids and five assistants t build a 14-metre-long Rube Goldberg machine.
This was part of the Beampcamp Inventgenuity weekend, held in New York and Boston.
The machine was successfully presented to an audience of several hundred people at the end of the workshop.
Creme That Egg!New Zealand, 2008
Chocolate-egg pulverizing device for those that want to get straight to the creamy filling.
This was the machine that reawakened Joseph's childhood passion for making contraptions.
Viewed by 2 million people and featured in The New Yorker and on New Zealand's current affairs television show Campbell Live.
The Falling WaterNew Zealand, 2008
Joseph places glass on wooden spoon, triggering machine to slice cucumber, dispense ice, pour lemonade and splash feijoa vodka into glass.
Christmas Countdown DeviceLondon, 2008
A large clock that counts down to christmas, powered by the movement of cascading chocolate balls through various mechanisms.
Commissioned by DDB (London) and Terry's Chocolate Orange.