Performing bodies, sounds and machines

Marco Donnarumma | peformance art and technology, sound art and body politics


Marco Donnarumma Sound Art Performance and Technology0-Infinity at TodaysArt Festival, NL, 2015. Photo: Fanny Fazakas.

Research areas

Musical performance and body art
Cultural criticism
Cultural studies
Human-computer interaction

Musical performance and body art

On Biophysical Music
In Eduardo R. Miranda (Ed.), Guide to Unconventional Computing for Music. Berlin: Springer (in print).

Human Bodies, Algorithms and Intuition
In Michael Lyons and Alexander Refsum Jensenius (Eds.), The NIME Reader. Berlin: Springer (in print).

Biophysical Music: Sound and Video Anthology
Computer Music Journal, 39(4). MIT Press, 2015.

Ominous: Playfulness and Emergence in a Performance for Biophysical Music
Body, Space and Technology Journal, 14. Brunel University, 2015.

Biotechnological Performance Practice
Marco Donnarumma (Ed.), eContact!, 14(2). Canadian Electroacoustic Community, 2012.

Incarnated Sound in Music for Flesh II. Defining Gesture in Biologically Informed Musical Performance
Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA), 18(3). Leonardo and MIT Press, 2012.

Performing Proprioception and Effort in “Hypo Chrysos”, an Action Art Piece for the Xth Sense
In Marco Donnarumma (Ed.), eContact! Biotechnological Performance Practice, 14(2), 2012.

Music for Flesh II: Informing Interactive Music Practice with the Viscerality of the Body System
In Proceedings of the New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference (NIME). Ann Arbor, MI, US, 2012.

Xth Sense: Recoding Visceral Embodiment
In Proceedings of the Computer-Human Interaction Conference, Workshop on Liveness (CHI2012). Austin, TX, US, 2012.

Xth Sense: A Study of Muscle Sounds for an Experimental Paradigm of Musical Performance
In Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC). Huddersfield, 2011.

Xth Sense: Researching Muscle Sounds for an Experimental Paradigm of Musical Performance
In Proceedings of the Linux Audio Conference (LAC). NUI Maynooth, Ireland, 2011.

Cultural criticism

Artists wanted: to question, imagine and reflect on the relationship
of humans and technology.

Baltan Quarterly #4, 2016.

Google New Breed: The Commodification of Digital Art and its Young Minds
Furtherfield, London, 2014.

Cultural studies

Embodiment, Incorporation and Affect: Reflecting on the Interface
In Dustin Breitling (Ed.) Litteraria Pragensia. Prague: Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (in print).

The Body as Musical Instrument
Atau Tanaka and Marco Donnarumma
In Youn Kim and Sander Gilman (Eds.) Oxford Handbook on Music and the Body. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (in print)

Clean Digital Dancing, a Review of Moving Without a Body (Portanova, 2013, MIT Press)
Mute Magazine, London, 2014.


Fluid Flesh and Rhythmic Skin: On the Unfinished Bodies of Stelarc
In Ryszard W. Kluszczyński (Ed.), Meat, Metal and Code: Contestable Chimeras – Stelarc. Gdansk: Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, 2015.

Nigredo: Configuring Human and Technological Bodies
In Theresa Schubert & Andrew Adamatzky (Eds.), Experiencing the Unconventional – Science in Art. London: World Scientific, 2014.

Vanguard: Experience the Performance of Marco Donnarumma
Installation Magazine, Los Angeles, 2013.

Fractal Flesh — Alternate Anatomical Architectures: Interview with Stelarc
In Marco Donnarumma (Ed.), Contact! Biotechnological Performance Practice, (14.2), 2012.

Hypo Chrysos: Mapping in Interactive Music Performance Using Bioacoustic Sensing
In Proceeding of the International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI). New York, NY, USA: ACM.

Origination and Metacreation: A Conversation with Ben Bogart
Vague Terrain, 2011.

Golden Shield Music
Marco Donnarumma and Régine Debatty
In New Art/Science and Affinities. Carnegie Mellon University and the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (US), 2011.

Golden Shield Music, Sonification of IT Censorship Technologies
Micro New Media Art Magazine, Is. 00, Shangai, China, 2011.

Openlab Interview
Vague Terrain, 2010.

Human-computer interaction

Understanding Gesture Expressivity through Muscle Sensing
Baptiste Caramiaux, Marco Donnarumma, and Atau Tanaka.
Transactions on Computer-Human Interactions (ToCHI), 21(6). ACM: New York, NY, 2016.  DOI: 10.1145/2687922

Principles, Challenges and Future Directions of Physiological Computing for the Physical Performance of Digital Musical Instruments
Marco Donnarumma and Atau Tanaka
In Proceedings of the 9th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology (CIM). Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung: Berlin, 2015.

Notes on Bimodal Muscle Sensing for the Sonification of Indeterminate Motion
In Proceedings of the International Conference on Movement and Computing. New York, NY, USA: ACM, 2014.

Muscular Interactions: Combining EMG and MMG Sensing for Musical Practice
Marco Donnarumma, Baptiste Caramiaux, and Atau Tanaka
In Proceedings of the Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). KAIST: Seoul, 2013.

Body and Space: Combining Modalities for Musical Expression
Marco Donnarumma, Baptiste Caramiaux, and Atau Tanaka
Work-in-progress accepted at the Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI). UPF: Barcelona, 2013.

A Pd Framework for the Xth Sense: Enabling Computers to Sense Human Kinetic Behaviour
In Proceedings of the 4th Pure Data Convention (PdCon). Bauhaus-Universität: Weimar, 2011.