Marco Donnarumma (b. 1984) is a sound artist, performance artist and writer based in Berlin. His work lies where sound art and body art converge through technology. Marco focusses on how to configure human bodies and machines through sound. He uses biotechnologies, software algorithms, body sensors and spatial sound to create sound performances, live installations and responsive sound and light architectures that are intensely physical. He is renown for combining rigorous science, technical sophistication and critical thinking.
Touring extensively since 2007, he 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, 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 (DE) and the Transitio New Media Art Award (MX) for Nigredo; a 2013 Rockefeller Foundation and Harvestworks CTE Fellowship, and a European Research Council scholarship.
For 4DSOUND: Circadian Marco Donnarumma challenged the visitors with a visceral and communal ritual of sensory affection. 0:Infinity is an unstable and reactive architecture of infrasound vibrations, audible sounds and high-powered lights brought to life by and through the visitors’ bodies. The architecture grows, morphs and falls apart through time, space and frequency using biophysical signals and movement data from the visitors’ bodies.
Using the Xth Sense, Donnarumma’s bio-wearable musical instrument, the inaudible sonic vibrations from the visitors’ hearts, blood flow and muscles are amplified and turned into tangible sonic material. A Ubisense location tracking system is used to make the architecture aware of the visitors’ positions and paths in space and thus morph according to the spatial relation between participants. The intimacy, or lack thereof, of the visitors’ encounters in space drives intense sonic and physical resonances. Human body parts and machine parts are configured into a total space of networked bodies.