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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Liveness, Prosthesis and Avatars in US, Mexico and UK

Wed Feb 29, 2012 07:25 - Wed Mar 14, 2012

Latest award, upcoming performances and talks, a seminar with Daito Manabe, plus TV and radio interviews:


Xth Sense first prize at Margareth Guthman Musical Instrument competition, US

Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:10 - Mon Feb 20, 2012

United States of America

The Xth Sense [1], has been awarded the first prize at the prestigious Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition [2] as "the world's most innovative new musical instrument."

The GNMIC is an annual event to find the world’s best new ideas in musicality, design, and engineering.
It takes place at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, US.
This critically acclaimed event seeks to provide a fertile platform for the advancement of the studies on New Musical Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME)

The Xth Sense is a free and open project; release for public use is scheduled in April 2012.
Please, visit the link below for further information.

[1] a biophysical wearable technology for musical performance and responsive milieux



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]