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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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
Full press package available upon request.
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Altered self-perception and incarnated performance in New York, Seoul, Amsterdam, Graz

Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:55 - Sun Jul 07, 2013

Dear friends and colleagues,
After 6 months of winter, we can now warm up our minds with a deserved spring.
Here we are with the fifth mailout April 2013.

- Nigredo: a new private work for altered self-perception created at STEIM
- New award: Creativity + Technology = Enterprise funded by Rockefeller Foundation
- [radical] signs of life: a large-scale, biophysical, interactive dance premiere at EMPAC
- Ominous, and other incarnated sounds in Graz, Seoul, Amsterdam, New York
- The Xth Sense featured on the BBC
- Biomuse (1990) meets Xth Sense (2010), wrapping 30 years of biotechnology in music

thanks for reading,
sincerely yours,
Marco Donnarumma


Biophysical Music Poland Tour - Bios@Techne@Art

Wed Mar 27, 2013 17:25 - Thu Apr 04, 2013


Curated by Maciej Ozog, Bios@Techne@Art is a program of performative events spanning 4 major cities in Poland. The aim is to foster discussion around the role of biotechnologies in performance art, and explore how such framework can inform the cultural perception of the body.

According to each venue, I'll be performing three diverse pieces of biophysical music for the open and free instrument Xth Sense:

- Music for Flesh II, solo piece for enhanced body
- Ominous, incarnated sound sculpture
- Hypo Chrysos, action art for vexed body

Works info

Xth Sense and biophysical music

Each concert will also see on stage:

- Maciej Ozog's Transient Body / Liminal Space,
- Gerard Lebik's Tractography Neural Tracts Noise



- 27.03.2013, 7 pm, Gdansk
Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Jaskółcza 1, 80-767 Gdansk, Poland

- 28.03.2013, 8 pm, Warsaw
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle,
ul. Jazdów 2, 00-467 Warsaw, Poland

- 29.03.2013, 8 pm, Wroclaw
Falanster, ul. Św. Antoniego 23, 50-073 Wroclaw

- 02.04.2013, 7 pm, Lodz (Panel discussion)
Art Factory, ul. Tymienieckiego 3, 90-365 Lodz, Poland

- 03.04.2013, 8 pm, Lodz
Art Factory, ul. Tymienieckiego 3, 90-365 Lodz, Poland

For complete details to attend the events see: