A world of strange contraptions and chain reactions.

Jiwi's Machines

New Zealand, 2015

A four-part web series packed with physical comedy and mechanical mayhem.

Jiwi builds complicated contraptions to make his life easier, but they inevitably cause chaos for everybody around him, especially for his sister June.

The series is accompanied by a cool series of interactive videos delving into the physics of the Rube Goldberg machines. In these extra science videos, kids can learn about the simple machines and physics at the heart of all machines: wheels and axles, levers, pulleys, inclined planes, Newton’s laws, friction, centre of gravity and much more.

The Dresser (LIVE)

Charlotte NC, 2013

An alarm clock goes off. Dropping it in a glass of water will silence the alarm. The weight of the glass also triggers a Rube Goldberg machine which helps the user get dressed...

A year in the making, The Dresser was a live show performed at McColl Center for Art + Innovation.

Bread Goldberg Machine

New York, 2014

Simple Recipe for Perfect Bread

Ingredients: Eggs, flour, steel balls, three weeks of prep and a bucketload of patience.

A Rube Goldberg machine created by Joseph for Berman, a family-owned Israeli bread company.

The Page Turner

Brooklyn, 2012

Joseph takes a sip of his coffee, pulling a string that triggers a device to turn the page of his morning newspaper.

The Page Turner has been viewed by over 8 million people and featured in the New York Times (read the article or watch the interview).

Sesame Street

New 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 Machine

Ars 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 Botanica

Venice Biennial, 2011

A plant-hydration system for the busy gardener.

A Rube Goldberg machine 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 Workshops

Brooklyn and Boston, 2011

An intensive two day workshop overseen by Joseph involving 300 kids and five assistants to 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 first Rube Goldberg machine Joseph made as an adult, reawakening his childhood passion.

Viewed by 3 million people and featured in The New Yorker and on New Zealand's current affairs television show Campbell Live.

The Falling Water

New Zealand, 2008

Joseph places glass on wooden spoon, triggering machine to slice cucumber, dispense ice, pour lemonade and splash feijoa vodka into glass.

A Rube Goldberg machine built for 42Below Vodka in New Zealand.

Christmas Countdown Device

London, 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.