MARCO DONNARUMMA

Performing bodies, sounds and machines

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


MARCO
DONNARUMMA

The Moving Forest

The Moving Forest expanded the last 12 minute of Kurosawa’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, ‘Throne of Blood’ (1957), into a sonic performance saga.

About the work

First presented at Festival transmediale.08. Berlin 2008, Moving Forest London maps an imaginary castle and a camouflaged forest revolt onto the hyper-playground of the London metropolis on the eve of Olympics 2012. This included with a prelude of 12 days, a durational performance of 6 acts in 12 hours and a closing Coda for the sake of argument.

ACT 1: REMORSE is a two-hour durational performance for extended bodies and voices with Francesca de Rimini, Linda Dement, Laura Oldfield Ford, Marco Donnarumma.

Live reading text:

I have none
Contrition
Nope
I am a cold fuck. I am teflon, graphite, stainless steel. I always caught the nearest way. And so would you.
Unsexed from birth and with the wet cement ooze in my veins that stops all gaps. No more gaps. Cockroach regret has no entry. Cold draft guilt has no crack. The virtues of the dead can’t plague me. I am sealed like a nun’s cunt.
I stole from my best friend. I sold my grandmother’s ring. I fucked your true love. I left the other one blue on the floor and simply watched. And one I kicked as he went and I have no remorse.
The way to a man’s heart is between the third and forth rib with the knife angled upwards at about 30 degrees.
Then I can take what’s mine. His cash. His watch. His fucking iPhone.
And there were those two. I stuck the knife in.
The worst thing about killing is the dead body clean up. They are heavy as all fuck. They leak and hiss. Piss. Blood. Gasses. Dead weight clammy with an unnatural give. You have to deal with it. They are large and obvious and will smell if you wait too long.
They have to go somewhere else.
It takes more than one person to lift and carry. The boot of my car is small and public transport out of the question. There’s a shovel and the backyard. There’s disguising the scene as something else.
These two dead they obviously fought each other. A knife in each gut. A stain on each right hand. But were they right handed? Was I wearing latex? And why did they fight? And can I call the cops and hope to remain undiscovered.
I have no remorse. It was their time. I’m nothing and fate worked through me. I don’t intend to pay. Some of us see the way things are and act and some of us don’ t and you can’t make an omlette without breaking eggs.
I looked right at her. I held my lids open but she said “I can’t see your eyes. I can’t see your eyes” and pulled away.
Dogs don’t like me either.
I sleep easily. My appetites are strong. I feel nothing. I stood and watched the last one. The chest was moving. The feet were twitching. After a while there wasn’t.

– Linda Dement

Keywords: durational, action, reading, biophysical media, noise
Status: Archived


The Moving Forest photo gallery

  • Marco Donnarumma - Moving Forest Durational Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - Moving Forest Durational Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - Moving Forest Durational Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - Moving Forest Durational Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - Moving Forest Durational Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - Moving Forest Durational Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - Moving Forest Durational Performance Art Sound Art
  • Marco Donnarumma - Moving Forest Durational Performance Art Sound Art

Year of creation: 2007-2012
Technique: prose, reading, blood dripping machine, XTH Sense body suit, burned amplifiers, loudspeakers, human flesh sonic feedback
Duration: 120’00”
Dimensions: 20m x 15m x 6m


Exhibitions

  • The Moving Forest, CCD, London, UK

Credits

Concept and Scenario – Shu Lea Cheang and Martin Howse
TAKE2030 (Ilze Black and Shu Lea Cheang), Matthew Fuller, Graham Harwood, Rachel Baker – Organisation
Marco Donnarumma, Valentina Vuksic, Olsen Wolf, Kaffe Matthews, xname, Ewa Justka, Bioni Samp, Vasco Alves, Atau Tanaka, Graham Harwood, AUDiNT (Toby Heys, Steve Goodman) – Performers
Kim – Photography