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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 Australasia, 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), Bow Arts (London) and Konstfack (Stockholm).













SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017     STOCKHOLM FRINGE FESTIVAL, Konstfack, Sweden
Interference

2017     KUNSTENFESTIVAL, Watou, Belgium
The Worryball

2017     SOLO SHOW, Place de Génies, Paris
Interference, World Roulette

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


I like to take things that are familiar to us and display them in a context that provides a new or different meaning. For an example, everyone is familiar with the concept of worrying. But when displayed against the backdrop of a mass collection of worries, we might distinguish patterns and familiarities that make us think of worrying as not a flaw, but an inherently human quality. This is the idea behind my artwork “The Worryball”.

To achieve these kinds of shifts in perception I tend to use some kind of technology. This allows me to use data either generated directly by people or by larger man-made systems; such as a simple phone call in the gallery space or a collection of today’s headlines from hundreds of international newspapers. I can then decontextualise this data and create an experience based around certain themes. Recently, I’ve been exploring themes such as surveillance, globalisation and existentialism.

I also very much enjoy building and constructing my artworks, which might call for either learning the basics of a new programming language or solder a specific computer chip component.













EDUCATION

2003 - 2007     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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