Italian-born Marco Donnarumma is a performer, musician, sonic artist and writer based in London and New York City. He explores the dimensions of the human body in relation to real, virtual and cultural spaces throughperformances, 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 (Sónar+D, ISEA, Venice Biennale, ISCM World Music Days), festivals (Transmediale, FILE, Panorama, NYEAF, Sound Art China, CYNETART, Piksel), institutions (EMPAC, STEIM, IRCAM, FACT, Stanford CCRMA, NYU), historical music venues (Experimental Intermedia, Spectrum NYC, Café Oto, Mumuth Concert Hall, Hoerbar) and museums (Museo Reina Sofia, CaixaForum Madrid, CCCB Barcelona), amongst the others.
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 candidate 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 2012 (Georgia Tech, US) for the Xth Sense; the CYNETART Prize 2014 (DE) and the Transitio New Media Art Award 2013 (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, Creativeapplications.net, Create Digital Music, We Make Money Not Art and Digicult.
More details of Marco’s Syndrome collaboration can be found HERE