Four (or so) Questions to … Marius Watz

Marius Watz is a Norwegian artist working with computer code as a creative material.


His work is concerned with the synthesis of form as the product of generative processes, and is known for its hard-edged geometries and vivid colors. Watz has exhibited his work widely at venues like Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Todaysart (The Hague), ITAU Cultural (Sao Paulo), Museumsquartier (Vienna), and Galleri ROM (Oslo). He is a lecturer in Interaction Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Marius’ presentation »Co-discovering with Machines (Or: Algorithms, our Beautiful and Problematic Friends)« will be held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm in Jeffery Hall.


1. Which work are you particularly proud of? Which work best represents your style or approach?

Pride is a fickle and occasionally dangerous vice, but as a creator you’re bound to suffer from it. Recently I’ve been doing a lot of lo-fi 3D printing using a Makerbot, which I’m excited about even if I don’t know exactly what these objects are yet. They are conceived as objects, but I also like them for their graphic qualities.

Photo © Marius Watz


Photo © Marius Watz


Photo © Marius Watz


2. The theme of this year’s TYPO London is »Social«. Do you consider design to be a social discipline? Which design project do you consider to be particularly socially relevant?

I believe that design is inherently social, whether it deals with issues of communication or providing solutions for human needs. No people, no design.


3. A conference like TYPO London is in itself an obvious example for a social event: what are you especially looking forward to?

Personally, I’m looking forward to being around designers and thinking about design processes for a change. I spent years participating in design culture before realizing I was not in fact a designer, but even though my art practice often has little to do with that body of knowledge I am still fascinated by principles of design.


4. Required reading/watching: What are currently your favorite interesting/beautiful publications, exhibitions, books, movies and/or websites?

 As a person who is deeply embedded in the fractured world of social media I have been reduced to a consumer of hyperlinks, typically delivered in chunks of 140 characters. I currently read a fair amount about architecture while maintaining a guilty habit of watching documentaries via online streaming. Last favorite exhibition: Maurizio Cattelan at the Guggenheim.