Experimenta Life Forms – – COMMISSION ARTIST
Artist: Thomas Marcusson (NSW)
Artwork: DJ MOSS
Machines increasingly aid the music scene, selecting music based on algorithms. But despite the emergence of musical AI, the brain controlling the dance floor is still favoured to be that of a human. Dancers prefer to direct their praise to someone…rather than something.
Marcusson’s DJ Moss is neither algorithm or person but is very much alive, consisting of a colony of moss. By using special sensors, micro-electrical signals stemming from the moss control a DJ set. These signals trigger a library of music and execute some classic DJ moves such as scratching, fading and base drops, thereby letting the moss take you on a musical journey.
As an interactive and online artist, Marcusson creates mixed media works that ruminate on culture, science and identity. By including various interactive elements, his artworks expand into participatory experiences inviting visitors to engage in different ways.
Marcusson has been the recipient of various awards and acknowledgements and his work has been exhibited across Australia, Europe and America including at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney); the Eyebeam gallery, New York; the Science Gallery, Dublin, theMuseum, Ontario; Bow Arts, London; Konstfack, Stockholm; and NordArt, Germany.
Experimenta Life Forms International Triennial of Media Art
Exploring how biological and artificial life are challenging human-centric thinking, Experimenta Life Forms will be Experimenta’s 8th national touring exhibition. It premieres in Melbourne (VIC) at the RMIT Gallery from 11 September to 14 November 2020, and will tour nationally until 2023. Click here to find out more.
Experimenta Life Forms Commissions are developed in partnership with the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and SymbioticA.
Image credit: ‘DJ MOSS’, Thomas Marcusson, concept sketch – artwork in development (2019)