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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Hypo Chrysos - Premiere of a new biomedia performance, Matadac Fest

Fri Dec 16, 2011 20:00 - Fri Dec 16, 2011

Madrid, Spain

Dear all,

this is to cordially invite you to the premiere of my latest work titled "Hypo Chrysos".
It is a new biomedia performance for enhanced body, interactive multi-channel sound and video.

Friday 16th December
h 20.00
Auditorium, CaixaForum, Madrid.

Following, Herman Kolgen will perform his work "Inject".


Hypo Chrysos is the second piece of a series of bio-interactive works based on the Xth Sense (XS), an open, biophysical and wearable technology I've recently developed.

The work was composed ad hoc for the Matadac festival in Madrid, which this year explores the theme of Machines and Flesh.
In conjunction with this premiere, I'm teaching a workshop on biophysical generation and control of music and video using the Xth Sense tech.

Hypo Chrysos:
Xth Sense:
XS Workshop:

Matadac Festival:

Hope to see some of you there,
best wishes,


Body and technological mediation in Seoul, Mexico City, Newcastle

Thu Oct 20, 2011 12:30 - Tue Dec 20, 2011

Upcoming performances, workshops, talks and a call for papers:


Origination and Metacreation: a conversation with Ben Bogart

Thu Sep 08, 2011 13:35 - Sun Feb 05, 2012

Dear all,
it's with great pleasure that I share with you this piece. 
I had an inspiring, in-depth conversation with artist and fellow Pd developer Ben Bogart over the last months, and this is the result:
Tags: MAM, creativity, machine imagination, innovation+open source, techno-cultural methodology, awareness+ubiquitous computing, tech distribution,
Thanks Ben, Greg @VT, 
best wishes,

[image: Output from Dreaming Machine #1, Ben Bogart]


Xth Sense - Enhanced musical bodies @ Pure Data Convention 2011

Mon Aug 08, 2011 09:00 - Sun Aug 14, 2011

Weimar, Germany

Dear all,
here a brief update and cordial invitation.If you are around, feel free to drop me a line!
__8th August / 13.00-17.30 
Xth Sense: Biophysical Music @ Pure Data Convention,_Biophysical_Music

__9th August / 9.30
PAPER: A Pd framework for the Xth Sense: enabling computers to sense human kinetic behaviour

__21.30 CONCERT: Music for Flesh II
Complete schedule of the event

Best wishes,


Xth Sense - workshop biophysical generation and control of music - London

Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:00 - Sat Aug 20, 2011

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Xth Sense – biophysical generation and control of music.
Hands-on training in augmentation of the body for musical performance. Creating your own low cost biosensing wearable device for muscle sounds.
See an Xth Sense performance at
Xth Sense:
~ What
The workshop offers an hands-on experience and both theoretical and practical training in gestural control of music and bodily musical performance, deploying the brand-new biosensing technology Xth Sense.
Developed by the workshop teacher Marco Donnarumma within a research project at The University of Edinburgh, Xth Sense is a framework for the application of muscle sounds to the biophysical generation and control of music.It consists of a low cost, DIY biosensing wearable device and an Open Source based software for capture, analysis and audio processing of biological sounds of the body (Pure Data-based).Muscle sounds are captured in real time and used both as sonic source material and control values for sound effects, enabling the performer to control music simply with his body and kinetic energy.Forget your mice, MIDI controllers, you will not even need to look at your laptop anymore.
The Xth Sense biosensor was designed to be easily implemented by anyone, no previous experience in electronics is required.The applications of the Xth Sense technology are manifold: from complex gestural control of samples and audio synthesis, through biophysical generation of music and sounds, to kinetic control of real time digital processing of traditional musical instruments, and more.
~ How
Firstly, participants will be introduced to the Xth Sense Technology by its author and led through the assembling of their own biosensing wearable hardware using the materials provided.Next, they will become proficient with the Xth Sense software framework: all the features of the framework will be unleashed through practical exercises.Theoretical background on the state of art of gestural control of music and new musical instruments will be developed by means of an audiovisual review and participatory critical analysis of relevant projects selected by the instructor.
At the end of the workshop, participants will be free to keep the Xth Sense biosensors they built and the related software for their own use.
~ Perspective participants
The workshop is open to anyone passionate about sound and music. No previous experience in electronics or programming is required, however participants should be familiar with digital music creation. Musical background and education does not matter as long as you are ready to challenge your usual perspective on musical performance.
Composers, producers, sound designers, musicians, field recordists are all welcome to join our team for an innovative and highly creative experience.Participation is limited to 8 candidates.
~ Requirements and further info
Participants need to provide their own headphones, external soundcards and laptops with Pd-extended already installed.
Free download is available at
We will work either on Linux or Mac OSX => 10.6 operating systems.
If you don't have access to none of them, please download a live distribution of Pure:Dyne at:
Musicians interested in augmenting their favourite musical instrument by means of body gestures are encouraged to bring their instrument along.
~ Dates
17-18-19-20 August, 11.00-19.00 daily (6 hours sessions + 1 hour break)nnnnn, Unit 73a, Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, E2 4QN
~ Fee
£ 80 including materials.
To reserve a place please contact and and you can pay online here:​hp?id=xth_sense&#fee_and_b​ooking