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Thomas Marcusson (b. March 4, 1981) is an interactive and online artist mostly known for his work that talks about identity, culture, participation and surveillance.

After having studied mathematics and science in Sweden, he went on to study Visual Communications at the University of Technology in Sydney where I graduated with first class honors in 2006. He is now a practising artist in Australiasia, Europe and the Americas.

His work has been exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), the Eyebeam gallery (New York), the Science Gallery (Dublin), theMuseum (Ontario), the Saatchi & Saatchi gallery (Auckland) and at the Nunnery (London).













SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017     SOLO SHOW, Place de Génies, Paris
Interference, Monster

2017     TIME AND SPACE, CICA Museum, Seoul
This heat of Ice

2016     VISIONS AT THE NUNNERY, London
Interference

2016     GLOBAL VILLAGE, Copenhagen, Landshut, Amsterdam
The Worryball

2016     THE BOOKSTORE SPACE, Amsterdam
Solo Show

2015     THE SAATCHI GALLERY, Auckland
Solo Show

2014     SALERNO GALLERY, Sydney
Solo Show

2013     THEMUSEUM, Kitchener, Canada
This Heart of Ice

2013     THE POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, Sydney
The Cinemicroscope

2012     EYEBEAM ART & TECHNOLOGY CENTER, New York
This Heart of Ice

2012     THE SCIENCE GALLERY, Dublin
This Heart of Ice

2012     PLUMP GALLERY, Sydney
The Cinemicroscope

2011     GAFFA GALLERY, Sydney
Navelgazing

2009     THE GRID GALLERY, Sydney
Vivid Festival















ARTISTIC STATEMENT


Just as modern artists seem to unpick themselves and mesh their own identities with the canvas, interactive technologies allow viewers to impose their own individuality straight onto the artwork in a very direct way, which I find fascinating and filled with posibilites. The experience becomes a variable of sorts, decided by engagement between viewer and artwork.

The other interesting thing about interactive art is that it can live to a certain extent online. There is also something delightfully non-discriminating about the online space, where all of the sudden most people in the world have access to the same experience. Just as cinema became a democratising medium in terms of involvement, the online space can reach people and participants that traditional venues such as art galleries or museums simply cannot.

There is nevertheless some major differences between the two. People in the online space don’t adapt the same behavior and expectations as they do while watching a film or attending an exhibition. Since the Internet is mostly a tool for finding and accessing information, it has made people incredibly goal-oriented, a delay in just a few seconds from obtaining the desired information quickly leads to frustration. Not an easy space for an artist to navigate with the aim of creating contemplation and reflection.

However, as our online behaviour becomes more and more intertwined with everyday life, it is the artist's role to challenge conventions and pave the way to make the Internet a place where meaningful art can thrive.













EDUCATION

2003 - 2006     BACHELOR OF DESIGN, The University of Technology in Sydney
Visual Communication / 1st class honours

1999 - 2002     MATHEMATICS, University of Chalmer's, Gothenburg














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