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Nigredo, new private work for altered self-perception and biomedia - STEIM Preview

  • Location:
    STEIM, Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam, 1017 WL, NL

if you find yourself in Amsterdam this week…

"Come join us before the opening ceremonies of Sonic Acts festival for the initial preview of new media and sound artist Marco Donnarumma’s latest work, Nigredo.

Nigredo (Marco Donnarumma, 2013), developed during a residency at STEIM, is designed as a private 8 minute artwork to be experienced by one visitor at a time. The work draws from studies in analytical psychology, human sensory system, and biotechnology so to create an intimate and uncanny experience of one’s internal self.

The work uses ad hoc biofeedback methods and wearable bioacoustic technology to create feedback systems within the visitor’s own body through sound (bioacoustics) and bioelectric signals. The senses are heightened beyond their natural threshold, so as to induce an intense experience between viscera and perception.

The term Nigredo comes originally from alchemy, where it is referred to as putrefaction or decomposition. In order to create the philosopher’s stone, alchemists would produce a homogeneous black matter by slowly cooking all their ingredients at once. Later in the framework of analytical psychology, the term Nigredo became a metaphor for the moment of despair and disillusionment caused by a spiralling descent into the dark unknowns of the subconscious mind.

The techniques used in this artwork are completely safe, however, be aware that the work includes high sound pressure level, pulsating lights, and induced body vibration."



Private showings will happen every ten minutes from 11h-14h and 15h-18h
Due to the limited number of available slots it is recommended to reserve in advance.
Book your slot at the bottom of this page:



DATE: 21 FEB 2013

TIME: Five showings per hour, one every 10 minutes
11h – 14h
15h – 18h


LOCATION: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam

Hope to see some of you there,
best wishes,