Marius Watz is an artist working with visual abstraction through generative systems. After abandoning his studies in Computer Science, he pursued graphic design and media art in parallel, becoming known for his hard-edged geometric compositions and bold use of colors. After winning multiple awards for his design work, he was featured in I.D. Magazine’s “40 under 30” list in 2000.
In 2002 Watz quit design to focus on his artwork, exploring software processes as an aesthetic medium. He has since exhibited at venues like Todaysart (The Hague), Künstlerhaus (Vienna), Melkweg (Amsterdam), ITAU Cultural (São Paulo) and Club Transmediale (Berlin). He continues to explore the boundaries of code as method, producing work that ranges from realtime software works to physical output using digital fabrication technology.
In 2005 Watz founded Generator.x, a curatorial platform that has resulted in a series of events related to generative art and design, including a conference, a travelling exhibition and an audiovisual concert tour. The most recent incarnation, Generator.x 2.0, focused on digital fabrication and computational architectural processes and was a part of the Club Transmediale 2008 festival.
Watz is a lecturer at the Oslo School of Architecture and at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Department of design. He presents workshops and lectures on computational aesthetics, live cinema and digital fabrication. He also does audiovisual performances with musician Alexander Rishaug.
Marius Watz is represented by [DAM]Berlin. He is currently based in Oslo and New York.
Tuesday 02/03/2010 – 20h00
A. Ortsstraat 20-28, 1000 Brussels
Shapeshifters – www.shapeshifters.be – was founded by teachers from the Graphic Design department and Transmedia at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas in Brussels (Inge Gobert, Johan Van Looveren, Steven Devleminck and Johan Stuyck).