Performing bodies, sounds and machines

DEV | Marco Donnarumma | sound art and performance art, human body and biotechnology


Marco Donnarumma Sound Art Performance and TechnologyPhoto: Ugo Dalla Porta, New York City, US, 2014

Born in 1984, Naples, Italy.
Lives and works in Berlin and New York City.

Marco Donnarumma (PhD, MSc, BA) is an artist and writer. He merges sound art and performance art through science and technology. He creates performances, concerts and installations using and abusing human bodies, sound, infrasound, light, algorithms, body sensors and loudspeakers. His works rely on the material force of sound to produce intensely intimate encounters of bodies and machines, and vivid sensory and physical experiences. His creative process is a continuous feedback between artistic intuition, scientific experiments and development of custom technologies.

In OMINOUS and MUSIC FOR FLESH II he plays interactive music by amplifying sounds from his body. His installation NIGREDO induces visitors in altered states of self-perception by feeding sounds from their bodies back to their skulls and bones. The sculptural object SEPTIC physicalises digital viruses in the body. His action HYPO CHRYSOS immerses audiences in multichannel sound and video produced by the strain of his muscles while he pulled 50kg stones.

Regularly touring worldwide, he performed and spoke in over 50 countries across North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. His works are presented at leading art and music events (Sónar+D, ISEA, Venice Biennale, Steirischer Herbst), electronic art, sound art and performance art festivals (Sound Art China, transmediale, CTM, FILE, Panorama), research institutions (Stanford CCRMA, New York University, STEIM, IRCAM), historical music venues (Experimental Intermedia, Spectrum NYC, Café Oto, Mumuth Concert Hall, de Singel) and national museums (Museo Reina Sofia, CCCB Barcelona, Kunsthaus Graz).
Marco has received a number of awards, most notably: the first prize in the Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech, US) for the XTH Sense; the Cynetart Prize for Computer Based Art (Hellerau, DE) and the Transitio New Media Art Award (Cenart, MX) for Nigredo; a Rockefeller Foundation and Harvestworks CTE Fellowship; and a European Research Council scholarship. He was granted fundings from the European Commission, British Council, Creative Scotland, New Media Scotland and the Danish Arts Council. He has been commissioned new works from Festival transmediale (DE), 4DSOUND (HU) 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).