Performance artist and researcher.
Born in Naples, Italy, 1984. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany.

A unique presence in contemporary performance, Marco Donnarumma distinguishes himself by his use of emerging technology to deliver body performances that are at once intimate and powerful, oneiric and uncompromising, sensual and confrontational. Working with biotechnology, biophysical sensing, and more recently artificial intelligence and neurorobotics, Donnarumma expresses the chimerical nature of the body with a new and unsettling intensity. He is renown for his skill in using sound, whose physicality and depth he exploits to create experiences of instability, awe, shock and entrainment.

His latest performance, CORPUS NIL, creates a tense choreographic interchange between a performer and an autonomous machine using human bioelectrical and bioacoustic signals. 0-INFINITY is a monumental architecture of infrasound vibrations, audible sounds and high-powered lights morphing in response to biosignals and movement data from the visitors’ bodies. 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.

Actively contributing to the collaboration of art&science since a decade, Donnarumma’s arresting visions of the body have toured more than 60 countries worldwide, including among the others leading institutions and art events such as Venice Biennale, Steirischer Herbst, ZKM Center for Art and Media, Sónar+D Advanced Music Festival, ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art, FILE Electronic Language International Festival, RPM: Ten Years of Sound Art in China, transmediale Festival for Art and Digital Culture, CTM Festival for Adventurous Music and Art.

Appears on:

Hypochrysos – Create Her’s Full Contact mix – (Ten Years of Combat)