Joost Conijn was born in 1971 in Amsterdam, he currently lives and works in Amsterdam and Weesp. Part of his youth he lived in Brabant. In the period between 1992 and 1995 he studied at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He continued his studies from 1995 until 1997 at the Sandberg Institute.
Joost Conijn became well known for his projects with self made machines.
Already during his studies at Rietveld he built a set of axis with wheels of bycicles, the rear axis was driven by an engine. The human body functioned as a chassis and hinge point between the two axis, also for steering. In the fall of 2001 he made a tour through Eastern Europe with a wooden car driven on gas from an wood gasgenerator. His second airplane crashed, and is now on view in the garden of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam. With his third self-made airplane he flew in different stages from Holland to Kenia. In his work Conijn looks for the border between art and technology, human being and machine. The outcome of his trips with his self-constructed machines are films.
A video of a moving car, composed of bicycle-wheels and a moped-motor. The body of the driver forms the body of the vehicle.
His quote about the work: 'I was testing the car on the roof, it seems dangerous, but I felt very comfortable, to try something out safely, without worrying about other people that are watching me.'