Marco Donnarumma
Since 2009
Works in Edinburgh United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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.
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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




Incarnated sound sculpture live at New York Electronic Arts Festival

Sun Jun 30, 2013 19:00 - Sun Jun 30, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Jun 30 - 7:30pm

Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, 3 Spruce Street, New York
Free entrance

"Ominous" an incarnated sound sculpture performance
Live acoustic sounds from the performer's body are digitally sculpted through a choreography of physical gesture. The result is an unstable sonic object which oscillates between high density and violent release. The listeners see through sound the sculpture which their sight cannot perceive.

This piece for the Xth Sense biophysical instrument was commissioned by the international Competition for Live Electronics, organized by the European Conference of Promoters of New Music.

Other performing artists: Pauline Oliveros, Laurie Anderson, Joshua Light Show, Maja S.K. Ratkje, Juraj Kojs, Mari Kimura with Tomoyuki Kato.

Press release
"Part of a shared evening co-presented with Pace University and Harvestworks as part of the New York Electronic Art Festival.

Marco Donnarumma’s Ominous is part of an evening of concerts and performances, providing audiences with an opportunity to experience cutting-edge electronic artwork from artists working across the arts and technology spectrum. The New York Electronic Art Festival brings talent into Lower Manhattan from around the globe to showcase new technologies and new artistic practices, and to celebrate the transformational intersection of the two."">>

hope to see some of you there,
best wishes,


STEIM Summer Party, Amsterdam

Tue Jun 18, 2013 16:30 - Wed Jun 19, 2013

Amsterdam, Netherlands



It’s time again for STEIM’s annual summer party!

The packed program of artists this year include young bioacoustic performer Marco Donnarumma, seminal Lebanese free improviser Mazen Kerbaj, and from California we have Laetitia Sonami and James Fei presenting a new collaboration for unstable instruments and modular synths. The evening will also have special intimate performances by Daniel Schorno and Sybren Danz in STEIM’s analog sound bunker. And to finish off the night some DJ sets by DJ’s Foom and Snoid. Mark your calendar, it’s sure to be a blast!

Date: Tuesday 18 June, 2013
Time: 20:30 (Door open 20:00)
Cost: €5
Location: STEIM Concert Space, Utrechtsedwasstraat 134, Amsterdam


[RADICAL] use of biotechnology to integrate networked bodies and interactive dance

Fri May 03, 2013 16:35 - Mon May 06, 2013

Troy, New York
United States of America

Rensselaer Arts PHD Candidate, Heidi Boisvert, premieres performance at EMPAC that cultivates an expressive virtual world populated by corporeal sounds and generative imagery from dancers' bodies.

TROY, NY - April 8th, 2013 - The Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute announces the premiere of a mechanomyogram (MMG) multi-media production, "[radical] signs of life," on May 3rd at 4:00 pm and May 4th at 7:30 pm in Studio 2 at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). Through responsive dance, "[radical] signs of life" externalizes the mind’s non-hierarchical distribution of thought. Music is generated from the dancers‘ muscles and blood flow via biophysical sensors that capture sound waves from the performers’ bodies. This data triggers complex neural patterns to be projected onto multiple screens as 3D imagery. As the audience interacts with the images produced, they enter into a dialogue with the dancers.

The performance makes use of biophysical technology to integrate networked bodies and interactive dance. It was conceived and directed by new media artist and game designer Heidi Boisvert in collaboration with an international team of artists, including Pauline Jennings (Choreographer), Doug Van Nort (Sound Designer), Allen Hahn (Set & Lighting Designer), Raven Kwok (Visual Designer), Amy Nielson (Costume Designer) and Marco Donnarumma (Sensor Designer & Developer). The project features the Xth Sense (XS), a biophysical sensor that detects and captures mechanical sound waves produced at the onset of musculature contraction. For "[radical] signs of life," a wireless network and stand alone armband was custom developed for the XS by engineer MJ Caselden, and industrial designer, Krystal Pernaud.

The choreography for the hour-long performance will be composed in real-time by five dancers from a shared movement database in accordance with pre-determined rules. Outfitted with two wireless sensors each, the dancers--Jennifer Mellor, Ellen Smith Ahern, Hanna Satterlee, Avi Waring and Willow Wonder--will create patterns that dissolve from autonomous polyrhythms to intersecting lines as they slip through generative video and light.

"[radical] signs of life" was produced, in part, at Harvestworks with funds from the Rockefeller Foundation’s New York City Cultural Innovation Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. The work was made possible through generous support from the Rensselaer Arts Department along with iEAR Studios, and EMPAC staff. Rehearsal space was granted by an Artistic Residency at the Contemporary Dance and Fitness Center in Montpelier, Vermont.

Limited Seating. Reservations recommended. To make reservations, please contact the EMPAC Box Office at 518.276.3921.

Media Contact:
Heidi Boisvert,, +.1.917.536.2792
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