Thomas Marcusson








Aguaviva
Jellyfish, aqurium, pump, electronics, LED light, Camera, Arduino

A solitary moon jellyfish swims around in a saltwater dome. A small camera tracks its movement and turns it into xy values, expressed on a collar of digital numbers. The shifting position of the jellyfish is mapped to the corresponding digits below, resulting in an ever-changing string of random numbers.

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Shadow and Flame Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson

Shadow and Flame Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson










Shadow & Flame
Tabletop firepit, isopropyl alcohol, projector

Shadow & flame is an artwork that challenges our understanding of natural law by artificially mimicking and distorting the appearance of fire.

Drawing on Plato's Allegory of the Cave, the flame is here unbound from its shadow, setting the scene for yet another illusion.

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Shadow and Flame Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson

Shadow and Flame Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson











Dj Moss
Interactive Artwork

This artwork is a 2020 Experimenta Commission, presenting as part of Experimenta Life Forms: International Triennial of Media Art, touring nationally until 2023. experimenta.org/lifeforms

DJ Moss is a playful response to the artist’s observations of the ever-evolving spectrum of machine vs human-made entertainment by introducing another protagonist to the mix – living, breathing moss. Being neither algorithm nor person, DJ Moss brings an alternative type of living entity to the decks. The work is a living system in and of itself.

This strange and haphazard performance prompts us to reflect on the agency of plant life, their societal networks and systems of communication, as well as our relationship with non-human and non-biological systems.

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DJ Moss Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson

DJ Moss Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson








38°C
Interactive Artwork

38°C is the temperature threshold where we’re typically diagnosed with a fever. This sculpture consists of a replica which has been turned into a functioning temperature gun. It continuously monitors the temperature in the space in front of it, including that of visitors.

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38°C Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson

38°C Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson







MONSTER
Aluminium, Displays, Custom Electronics. 50 x 50 x 15cm

Inspired by Dadaism, there are 160,000 possible combinations picked at random. Whenever the button is pushed, the face of a global coalition is formed, always yielding an abominable outcome, reflective of our public distrust in the current political system.

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Monster Political Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson

Monster Political Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson







THE WORRYBALL
Textiles, MP3 Player, Speaker. 40 x 40 x 40cm

The Worryball is made up by 6000 Guatemalan worrydolls and broadcasts real recorded worries from around the world through an internal speaker. Participants can share their worries on a dedicated website.

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THE MICROCINESCOPE
Brass, Optics, Custom Electronics. 30 x 15 x 15cm

The MicroCinescope is an interactive artwork. A small high-res screen is magnified through the lens of an antique brass microscope showing a live top-down view of the microscope itself and the visitors scattered around it.

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Microcinescope Scientific Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson











LIKE ME
Glass, Water, Mica, Custom Electronics. 40 x 29 x 25cm

Like Me is a series of glass head sculptures filled with a liquid that reacts to online social media engagement. Visitors can 'like' the heads dedicated Facebook pages and the sculptures react within seconds.

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Like Me Social Media Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson



Like Me Social Media Sculpture by Interactive Artist Thomas Marcusson









THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL DOWSING STICK
Wood, Auluminium, Custom Electronics. 90 x 35 x 7cm

The extra-terrestrial dowsing divines water beyond Earth. The stick changes direction every 30 seconds and fixes on planets where we think water might exist, such as Mars or the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.

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HEADLINES
Displays, Website. 150 x 80 x 10cm

Headlines is an interactive project displaying live newspapers collected from around the world. It allows visitors to browse through an array of front pages arranged after country and the newspaper’s political alignment.

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INTERFERENCE
Lightbulb, Mobile Detector, Electronics. 25 x 15 x 15cm

Interference is an artwork that reacts to actual cell phone signals in the gallery space. A lightbulb is responding to nearby mobile traffic by flickering and omitting distorted noises.

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PANOPTICON DREAMS
Lambda Prints, Mirrors, Electronics. 150 x 80 x 25cm

Three large portraits have convex mirrors installed onto them. Any motion in front of the prints will trigger a light inside the mirrors, seemingly feeding information about the viewer to the portaits through high-tech glasses.

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REFLECTIONS
Website

Reflections is an interactive portrait series that lets viewers interact with the photographs in different ways. The webcam is used to to create a "reflection" image in the eyes of the portraits.

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THIS HEART OF ICE
Video Installation


The artwork was originally shown at the Science Gallery in Dublin as part of the Future of Water/Surface Tension exhibition. It is showing a beating, melting heart made of ice, alluding to 'the fragile existence and vitality of ice in a world where the polar ice caps are slowly diminishing through a cyclical process'.



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