The below text was true when it was written, which was in 1994. Ten years later, the world looks different. My work is still concerned with computer-generated imagery, but looks very different. To see how, take a look at my sites Unlekker and Evolutionzone.
This SITO page will remain as testimony to a younger and more delightfully naive version of myself...
Marius Watz studies Computer Science at the University of Oslo. He works with multimedia and graphic design, doing some writing on the side. His work is mainly concerned with computer generated or manipulated/mutilated imagery.
Image-mutilated images (put them where you want them): -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 74586 Nov 22 00:22 Exit-1-to-5.jpg Five variations on the theme of a stylized running man. The design for the man was actually taken from a ten year old book on writing video games. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 66702 Nov 22 00:21 aztecish.gif Standard image manipulation - fiery colors. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 305331 Nov 22 00:22 cave-mandel.gif Manipulated mandelbrot picture. Originally made in Mandella with the "Strands" drawing method specified. Manipulated to look vaguely like a cave painting. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 66227 Nov 22 00:22 future-shock.jpg Future Shock - pretty garish composition. Uses a picture from German "scientific" tests - how much wind can a pilot take. Glowing nuclear sign. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 43442 Nov 22 00:22 strange-life.gif Manipulated picture of a cellular automaton. Variation on the classic Life rule. Looks a bit digital. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 86237 Nov 22 00:22 zodiac.jpg Composition using a scanned picture of one of the cypher letters the serial killer Zodiac sent to the police. The circle with a cross is his symbol. He claimed to have killed 37 people, but the police can only attribute him with 7 confirmed murders. Never caught. Raytraces(for raytraces/watz?): These were made with POV and some tools I have written to generate POV files. A lot of inspiration is owed to William Latham, and some of these shapes are mostly recreations of some things he has done (especially the "hornweb" series). Others are more architectural. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 19727 Nov 22 00:22 bigsperm.jpg A version of a shape family called "sperm" for obvious reasons. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 23841 Nov 22 00:22 boxy2.gif An interesting experiment with using boxes as a basic unit. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 71735 Nov 22 00:22 bush.gif A bush structure. Pretty weird. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 35188 Nov 22 00:22 coil2.gif A mathematical construct - a torus knot. The object was made by a program written by Bill Kirby and updated by me to output to POV 2.0 syntax and support blobs. Blobs were used to give the smooth surface. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 64376 Nov 22 00:22 funchorn.gif A pretty funny shape. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 35046 Nov 22 00:22 hornweb1.jpg -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 64944 Nov 22 00:22 hornweb8.gif -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 65713 Nov 22 00:22 hornweb9.gif These are all in the "hornweb" family of shapes. "hornweb1.jpg" is an example of a hornweb with texture. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 187917 Nov 22 00:22 landscape.gif Lo-res version of an image that will be displayed at CyberCulture Houston. Shows an eerie landscape in which objects float, rise or sink. This is the piece I have gotten most responses because of, and it seems to evoke associations in people. Heck, I just made a routing that "throws" objects about. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 32556 Nov 22 00:22 landscape2.gif An illustration which will be seen in a Norwegian anthology on digital culture. It's basically a test of a pet peeve of mine, putting one shape inside another and then cutting parts of the outer shell away, revealing the shape inside. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 52371 Nov 22 00:22 menger-variation.gif An illustration for the same book as above. It's a variation of Menger's Cube, a favorite object of mine. It's a fractal construct akin to the Sierpinski Gasket. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 21740 Nov 22 12:29 mother.jpg "Mother" - another image which will be shown at CyberCulture Houston. Shows a form giving birth to other forms(worm4 below, amongst others). I used literal days designing this shape, and I'm still not quite pleased. But then, getting a 4'x4' hardcopy version free won't bother me. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 104138 Nov 22 00:22 recursive6.gif Another fractal object, forms a octahedron by recursively adding objects. This is the sixth iteration. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 30269 Nov 22 00:22 worm4.jpg -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 29745 Nov 22 00:22 worm6.jpg These are "animals" used in the artwork of a series of rave flyers and a big poster. I hope to put the poster image up later, but I will have to get permission from the guy I did it with. The poster has a quite powerful effect when seen in 68 cm x 100 cm size, and has been spared other posters being stuck on it. Because of respect? I don't know. "Worm4" is the central image on the poster, seeming to emerge from a tunnel. Mathematically constructed images(for mathart/watz?): -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 153513 Nov 22 00:22 bigbomb.gif Constructed by a method similar to that of making dendrites, but instead of moving particles around I just "bomb" the screen with them and check if they are next to a "sticky" particle. This creates semi-circular surfaces around the original sticky dots. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 30896 Nov 22 00:22 neonwaves.gif A two-dimensional plotting of a function(which I can't remember now). Inspired by Pickover's monkey curve pictures. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 144402 Nov 22 00:22 starpic1.gif Another function, looks like a star. -rw-r----- 1 mariusw 149305 Nov 22 00:22 symm2.gif A symmetrical strange attractor created after Golubitsky and Field's work. Check out "Symmetry in Chaos", a very nice book with BASIC pseudocode...
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