Marco Donnarumma


 

 

 

Italian-born Marco Donnarumma is a performer, musician and writer based in London. He explores the dimensions of the human body in relation to real, virtual and cultural spaces through performances, concerts and installations. In his works, sound, machines and biology are configured so to integrate human and technological bodies into new living instances. His practice is considered a conceptually elaborated combination of physical actions, intense sonic experiences and forceful  sensorial stimulation.

Marco has performed and spoken in over 50 countries across North and South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. His works have been presented at leading art and music events (ISEA, Venice Biennale, Sónar+D, ISCM World Music Days), festivals  (Transmediale, FILE, Panorama, NYEAF, Sound Art China, CYNETART, Piksel), museums, institutions and labs (Museo Reina Sofia, CaixaForum Madrid, STEIM, IRCAM, EMPAC, Stanford CCRMA).

An integral part of his practice is the creation and sharing of interactive biophysical instruments using free software and open hardware. Recently, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation and Harvestworks (US), he co-founded XTH, a New York-based company making open source biotechnologies that use sound to enable different modes of expression.

He is the editor of Biotechnological Performance Practice (eContact! 14.2), a comprehensive journal publication on biotech and the performing arts. His writings have appeared in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), in the book “New Art/Science Affinities” (CMU, Studio for Creative Enquiry), and several times in specialised conference proceedings, including CHI, NIME, ICMC, Pd Con, Linux Audio. Currently, as a PhD student at Goldsmiths London with Atau Tanaka and Matthew Fuller, he investigates how body theory can inform the design of combined biosensing and machine learning technologies for music and the performing arts.

Marco is a recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the first prize in the Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech, US, 2012) for the Xth Sense; the  Transitio New Media Art Award (MX) for Nigredo, created with Marije Baalman; and fundings from European Commission, British Council, Creative Scotland, New Media Scotland, and the Danish Arts Council. He has received commissions from Festival Transmediale and the European Conference of Promoters of New Music, among the others, and has been an invited artist in residence at STEIM (NL), Inspace (UK), and the National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance (DK). His projects have been reviewed on BBC, Forbes, Reuters, ARTE.TV, Wired, RTVE, El Pais, ResonanceFM, Weave, Create Digital Music, We Make Money Not Art and Digicult.

 


 

INCARNATED SOUND - USA TOUR 2012

Biophysical music, sonic flesh theory and body hacking courses.

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Dear all,
hoping it might be of your interest,
I'm sharing with you the schedule of the upcoming USA Tour.

I'll be performing, teaching and speaking with and about the Xth Sense in 5 cities on the East Coast.
See the planned events below, and feel free to get in touch if you happen to be in the area.
http://marcodonnarumma.com/works/xth-sense/
http://marcodonnarumma.com/works/music-for-flesh-ii

For detailed information you're welcome to visit:
http://marcodonnarumma.com/calendar

You can still book a place for the Xth Sense workshop in New York at:
http://bit.ly/JEwto0

 

 

 

||| ACM - CHI 2012 Liveness
||| 5-10 May
||| Austin Conference Center, Texas

- Presentation “Xth Sense: recoding visceral embodiment”
Other presenters include Toby Harris, Maria Lantin and Leila Sujir, among the others.

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||| They, Who Sound
||| 7 May
||| Avant Garden, 411 Westheimer, Houston, Texas.

- Performing “Music for Flesh II”, interactive music piece for enhanced body.
- Performing “Nascent”, incarnated sound sculpture, US Premiere;

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||| Washington DC
||| 15 May.
||| American University, Washington DC.

A night of Biophysical music with Marco Donnarumma.
- Performing “Music for Flesh II”;
- Performing “Nascent”;
- Open Workshop “Performing incarnated sound: the Xth Sense”.

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||| Tanaka/Donnarumma, Mobile and biophysical music
||| 19 May
||| Harvestworks, Manhattan, New York.

- Performing “Music for Flesh II”.
Also on stage Atau Tanaka with his mobile musical instruments.

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||| Xth Sense Workshop New York
||| 19-20 May
||| Harvestworks, Manhattan, New York.

- Workshop “Xth Sense, Biophysical Music”.
Hands-on training in augmentation of the body for musical performance.
Build your own low cost biosensing wearable device for muscle sounds.
Book a place at: http://bit.ly/JEwto0

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||| NIME Conference
||| 21-23 May
||| University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

- Performing “Music for Flesh II”;
- Poster “Music for Flesh II: informing interactive music performance with the viscerality of the body system”

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