My projects often tend to be based around some sort of technology, but my philosophy and approach is to always make people the centre-point of all my art, as I see human engagement to be the most fascinating form of interactivity.

Signs of Surveillance
Interactive neon sign, cell phone detector

Signs of surveillance is a series of interactive neon signs that react to nearby mobile phone activity such as calls, texts or browsing, which results in the signs flickering and omitting distorted sounds of prerecorded phone conversations. The signs are triggered via small cell phone detector set to track mobile calls in or around the exhibition area.

The signs are actual names of different government surveillance programs used to gather large amounts of private information regarding conversations and behaviour of ordinary citizens, mostly in the name of anti-terrorism.

Mystic is the name of an extensive mobile surveillance program used by NSA, designed to record and intercept massive amount of cell phone traffic. Other signs in the series include Stellar Wind, Tempora and Prism.

The politics of modern surveillance might seem intangible and distant to most people, but by seeing the signs react to your own private phone call, the surreal world of surveillance becomes a tad more real.

Panopticon Dreams
Interactive artwork, Mirrors, Motion sensors

The Panopticon Dreams series is looking at our fascination with new technology. More and more gadgets seem to find their way into our daily lives with the promise of connections, information and endless avenues of self-expression. But with this onslaught of technology comes the possibility of unwanted tracking and control; a self-initiated Panopticon of modern surveillance.

With the aid of oversized mirror glasses the portraits seem to break their 2-dimensional confinement and gaze in awe into the gallery space. Through the use of motion sensors controlling lights behind the mirrors, the glasses seem to constantly be checking the presence of the visitor.

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Interactive Artwork

The worryball is an interactive sculpture, living partly online, that consists of more than 6000 individual Guatemalan worry dolls, woven into a spherical shape. According to Guatemalan folklore, if you whisper your worries to a worrydoll before going to sleep and place it under your pillow, the worries would have gone away by the morning.

When exhibited, the worryball broadcasts real recorded worries from various participants from around the world through an internal speaker. Participants can share their worries on the worryball website, where they can also experience a virtual version of the sculpture.


An interview with Landescape about a range of different projects including The worryball and reflection. The Worryball is also used for the cover of the October 2013 issue.

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2011 - Currently on display at the Eyebeam gallery in New York

Start Date: 30 May 2012 - 11 Aug 2012
Hours: Gallery Hours, Tuesday-Saturday 12PM-6PM
Address: 540 W 21st St. New York, NY 10011

Tom's video installation 'This Heart of Ice' is currently on display at the Eyebeam gallery in Chelasea, NYC, as part of the World Science festival. You can read more about the exhibition here:

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'.

Interactive Project

Portraits from the edge is a collaboration between Scissors and photographer Jon Lewis. This interactive photo journal combines photos from the island nation of Kiribati, audio and narration from Jon Lewis as well as a map of the island shrinking as you scroll down. Kiribati will withing the next 30-60 years become rendered uninhabitable due to rising sea levels and climate change.


2013 - Interactive portraits

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, similar to how you sometimes see the traces of the photographer in the eyes of the photographed. Additionally, viewers can "tip" the portraits over by covering their finger over the webcam (and the forehead) and thereby inducing sleep or death to the portraits.


2010 - Installation / Video

The Microcinescope is an interactive artwork that displays video content through the interface of a microscope. A tiny 5mm screen is mounted inside the viewing platform, and a video-stream changes as different microscope sliders are placed under the microscope. This is a first working prototype of the Microcinescope, and it aims to explore both the divide and union between science and art.

2012 - Online / Interactive / Installation

The Human Touch Project is an online artwork celebrating human diversity by connecting a series of unique moments through the mechanics of a simple touch. The more people that participate in the project and share their unique moments, the more interesting and engaging the overall experience.