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.
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?