Born 1981 in Sweden, Thomas Marcusson is an interactive and online artist creating mixed media artworks that talks about culture, science and identity, often inviting visitors to engage in different kinds of way. By including various interactive elements, the artworks expand into participatory experiences.

After having studied mathematics in Gothenburg, he went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Technology in Sydney, graduating with 1st class honors. He is now a practicing artist in Australasia, Europe and the Americas.

Thomas has been the recipient of various awards and acknowledgements and his work has been exhibited at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), the Eyebeam gallery (New York), the Science Gallery (Dublin), theMuseum (Ontario), Bow Arts (London), Konstfack (Stockholm) and NordArt (Germany). 

While at DE-CONSTRUKT Thomas is working on an extraterrestrial divining rod. The diving stick will point to the actual real-time direction of a planet where we suspect water might be found. Suspended by moving strings to the ceiling, the stick can change direction and point to 3 different planets; Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, as they all have been exhibiting signs of H2O.

The divining stick will change direction to point to a new planet about every 30 seconds or so. During the course of the day, the position of the planets will change as the Earth rotates.

The divining stick is wired to a simple mechanism mounted in the ceiling, which works by using a couple of small motors with pulleys, which are able to change the angle of the stick using fishing lines. The motors are controlled by an Arduino chip which can calculate the exact position of the planets relative to time and position (longitude, latitude).