Marco Donnarumma
Works in Edinburgh United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Performer, new media and sound artist, teacher, Marco Donnarumma was born in Italy and is based in London. He is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London, funded by the European Research Council and supervised by Prof. Atau Tanaka and Dr. Matthew Fuller.

Marco looks at the collision of critical creativity with humanized technologies. He is known for his body-based performance works with custom open biotechnologies and physical interactive systems. He is a Harvestworks Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellow (New York, US) with support by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Marco has performed and spoken in 50 countries including US and South America, Europe, India, China, South Korea and Australia. His works have been selected at leading art events (ISEA, Venice Biennale, WRO Biennale), specialized festivals and venues (FILE, Panorama, EMPAC, New York Electronic Arts Festival, Sonorities, Némo, Mapping, Piksel, Re-New, Laboral) and major academic conferences (NIME, ICMC, Pure Data Convention, Linux Audio Conference @ Stanford CCRMA, SICMF). He curated a comprehensive journal publication on biotech and performing arts entitled Biotechnological Performance Practice (eContact! 14.2). His writings have appeared in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), in the book “New Art/Science Affinities” (CMU and Studio for Creative Enquiry, US), and several times in specialised conference proceedings.

His biophysical system Xth Sense won the 1st prize in the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech, US). He has been artists in residence at STEIM (NL), Inspace (UK), and National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance (DK). His work has been funded by the European Commission, British Council, Creative Scotland, New Media Scotland, and the Danish Arts Council. His projects have been reviewed on BBC, Reuters, Wired, RTVE, El Pais, Weave, Create Digital Music, We Make Money Not Art, Rhizome, and Digicult.

Currently, he investigates how body theory can provide perspectives on the design of combined biosensing and machine learning technologies for music and the performing arts.
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STEIM Concert of Bodies Sat. 15 March, AMS

Sat Mar 15, 2014 20:00 - Sun Mar 16, 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands

What your body can do? It can breathe, sweat, pulsate, bleed, cry, jump, walk and run, stay still, wait, think, feel and perceive, see, touch, smell, read, write and learn, communicate, surprise, seduce, entertain, love, die and become ashes.

Concert of Bodies brings before your eyes sounding bodies in all their physicality. Sonorous, invisible, imaginary, impalpable, yet physical, visceral, pulsating and alive bodies!

Join us for a night of music where sound materiality is caressed, touched, molded and torn only to escape the digital and reach out for your ears.

Line Up:

Marije Baalman (NL)
Erfan Abdi (IR/NL)
Marco Donnarumma (IT/UK)


DATE: 15th of March, 2014
TIME: 20:00
COST: €7,50 (Students with a student card get a €2,50 discount)
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

Curated by Marco Donnarumma and STEIM


[NL] Xth Sense: make your own biowearable for interactive performance

Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:00 - Sun Mar 16, 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands

This weekend course offers hands-on experience and theoretical training in the performance of biophysical music and visuals with the Xth Sense (XS). Workshop participants will build from scratch their own XS sensors, then learn how to analyze and map the data from their muscle and body movements to generate music, visuals, and do live processing of sound. Attention will also be paid to aesthetic considerations when using the XS system in artistic contexts.

At the end of the workshop, participants will take home the XS bioacoustic sensors they built, and the related software for their own continued creative use.

DATE: 15-16 MARCH, 2014
TIME: 10-17h each day
COST: €110 (includes €25 sensor kit & parts)
LOCATION: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam

More info:

The Xth Sense in action:

Some topics covered in the workshop include:

- Theoretical background on the state of art of gestural control of music
- Introduction to the Xth Sense (XS) framework (technical overview, capabilities)
- Building the wearable biosensor
- An introduction to the open source artistic programming language PureData, tips and tricks for using PureData in live settings
- Explorations of bioacoustic sound design capabilities
- Building audio modules and signal processing chains
- Aesthetics of bioacoustic sensor-based performance
- Mapping muscle energy to control values and real-time processing
- Designing an aesthetic vocabulary for body-sensor performance


Mediating physicality and the flesh - Mexico DF, Shanghai, Dresden, London

Fri Oct 18, 2013 16:05 - Sat Nov 30, 2013

Dear all,

here's my 6-monthly mailout October 2013.

View it at

You'll find more about:

- Nigredo wins second prize at TransitioMX 2013 New Media Art competition
- RPM Sound Art China: biophysical concert at Shanghai Biennial
- The Xth Sense: from the stage to the market
- Hypo Chrysos double performance at CYNETART Festival / Metabody Project
- DMT: Donnarumma, Tanaka, Michalakos new trio

Thanks for reading and sharing!
best wishes,


Biomediations, sound and body performance at TransitioMX, Mexico DF

Wed Sep 25, 2013 17:00 - Sat Sep 28, 2013

Mexico City, Mexico

25th September
Mexico City, h 17.00
Award ceremony + Biophysical music performance
CENART, Centro Nacional de Las Artes


Dear all,

my latest private installation work "Nigredo" (made with Linux, the Xth Sense and Pd), created this February during a residency at STEIM with Marije Baalman and other collaborators, has been nominated for the TransitioMX award.

In occasion of the award ceremony, tomorrow 25th September at the CENART in Mexico City, I'll be performing a 30 minutes concert for biophysical music, combining my earliest Xth Sense composition "Music for Flesh II" with "Ominous", the very latest music piece recently committed by the European Conference of Promoters of New Music.

The International Festival of New Media Art and Video Transitio_MX is the most important platform in Mexico for the expression and analysis of contemporary practices in artistic creation in electronic media and digital culture. It is a biennial festival that comprises three main activities: a symposium, an exhibition and a contest.

If you're around, be sure to come for this exciting event, and also to visit the related exhibition with national and international artworks drawing upon this year's theme of "Biomediations", with Artistic Director Dra. Joanna Zylinska.


hope to see some of you there,
best wishes,


EAVI Nite - Electro Anthro Visceral Intensity, London, 4th September

Wed Sep 04, 2013 20:00 - Wed Sep 04, 2013

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The EAVI research unit (Goldsmiths, University of London) presents a night of Electro Anthro Visceral Intensity with infrabass pulsations, electronic circuit crackles, leather bassoons, bio-interfaces and feedback drums. We're bringing together electronica, noise, and contemporary classical in a research of body and sound.

8pm doors / 9pm -12am
Amersham Arms, 388 New Cross Road, London, SE14 6TY.

Joanne Cannon - Melbourne-based instrumentalist from the Bent Leather Band

Ryan Jordan - kingpin of the East London noise scene and noise=noise organiser

DMT - UK premier of the new trio with Marco Donnarumma (Xth Sense biosensors), Christos Michalakos (feedback drums) and Atau Tanaka (mobile phones) , ,

Matthew Yee King - Rephlex artist formerly with Bavin, toured with Cristian Vogel and Jamie Lidell playing solo.

Tom Richards - Electronic circuits, sonic sculptures, pulsing beats, indelible grooves

Shelley Parker - Haywire DJ, Structure organiser, and Entr'acte artist playing ultra lows and palpable frequencies

Mick Grierson - Brain-computer interface blow out

DJ to close by Man With Feathers