Marius Watz: Tegnemaskin 1-12
Art for public digital space. 12 drawing machines draw over a period of two months each, based on simple rules and randomness. Supported by the National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings and the Norwegian Cultural Council.

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Drawing machine 12, day 61 (Macro)
© 2003 - Marius Watz

Art in a public digital space

Drawing machine 1-12 is the first project for art in public digital space in Norway and possibly even Europe. This pilot project was initiated by the National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings, and has been based on the idea that public web sites can be seen as possible sites for art.

This is particularly true of web sites with important public access functions. The Foundation contacted the Government Administration Services, which responded favorably to the idea of using the home page of the Government and Ministries of State as a test area for art in public digital space.

Digital art requires cross-disciplinary collaboration. The Foundation has 25 years of experience in organising cross-disciplinary art projects that integrate art into public environments. This pilot project has used as a model the normal way of working with a project for a public building. Together with a committee consisting of a representative of the users (the Government Administration Services), the artist and an artistic consultant the Foundation has examined the possibilities of art in public digital space. The result of this process is Drawing machine 1-12 by the artist Marius Watz, internationally known for his work with computer-generated visual form.

New media create new visual forms of expression and challenge the boundaries between art, architecture and design. For the Foundation this pilot project has been a process of learning, expanding our concepts of what constitutes a space and challenging the notion that all art is forever. .

The National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings

In June 2001 the Government Administration Services responded to an initiative from the National Foundation for Art in Public Buildings, accepting the challenge of participating in a pilot project for placing a piece of art in a public digital space.

We were delighted that the Odin service, due to its public nature and large number of users, was considered a suitable web site for this kind of project. Since that first inquiry the number of visitors has increased considerably, making that initial reaction even more relevant.

When the idea of a digital art piece for Odin resulted in a concrete project proposal from Marius Watz, we became even more interested in making Odin available for a potentially groundbreaking work in art for public space. As a result, the Government Administration Services agreed to sit on the committee for the project.

It has been a fascinating experience to have been party to the entire process resulting in the finished work. Not least because it has been something different, a relief in contrast to the other aspects of the Odin service. The Government Administration Services hope and believe that this project can also provide some artistic relief to the users of Odin, as has been the intention.

The Government Administration Services