CNR 2012: Participants: Nova Belgica (BEL)

NovaBelgica has been the on-line username of Belgian metal sculpting artist and blacksmith Tim Roosen since he first ventured onto the internet back in the days when there were still dial-up modems and the only angry birds people knew of were the ones that crapped on their car.

The name came from his fascination with New York City, which, even before it was called New Amsterdam, belonged to a region named Nova Belgica et Anglia Nova. Something most history books seem to have left out.

When he started his own business and art gallery in 2010, it was quite obvious that it should be called 'NovaBelgica Art & Design'.

Tim Roosen may be best known for his life-size metal sculptures of dark creatures, fierce warrior women and retro-future androids, which have been exhibited in galleries all over Europe and the USA since 1996. He also built the second largest scale model of our solar system in the world, which consists of 11 monumental sculptures in 10 Belgian cities.

Always eager to try something new, he built a small red robot and called him Fred. A lot of people liked Fred and one couple from Luxemburg even adopted Fred and thus a new line of sculptures named Roboville was born.

Roboville can best be described as a collection of slightly moronic robots who like to imitate human behavior and often get themselves into 'situations'. It's the lighter and funnier side of Tim Roosen's art.

Tim Roosen still lives in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, a city which he cannot escape from, but tries to compensate that by traveling as often as time and money permits. His hobbies include yelling at his computer and eating cake.

Nova Belgica

[image source: Nova Belgica]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Cafe Neu Romance 2012:

Cafe Neu Romance - Roboville

Nova Belgica is the creator of Roboville, which is a series of robot art sculptures.

Robert and Robota
The two mascots of the Cafe Neu Romance festival, Robert and Robota, which is made by Nova Belgica, will be exhibited during the Cafe Neu Romance festival (27.-29. of November 2012) at the Galerie NTK.

Galerie NTK
Technická 6
16080 Prague.