Thursday 17th of October, Marco Donnarumma presents Xth Sense

Join us this Thursday with performer, sound artist and teacher Marco Donnarumma. Marco will present Xth Sense, a biophysical instrument that amplifies the muscle sounds of the human body and uses these as musical material and control data.”When a performer contracts any muscle, low frequency sound are produced. By capturing these sounds with a microphone embedded in the Xth Sense sensor and live sampling them with a computer you get music in real time.”

When: Thursday 17th of October 2013, 7.30pm
Where: Troyganic, 132 Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London
Entrance: Free

Marco Donnarumma performing Music for Flesh II with Xth Sense| Interactive music performance for enhanced body (Xth Sense) from Marco Donnarumma.


Marco Donnarumma was born in Italy and is currently based in London. He is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London, funded by the European Research Council and supervised by Prof. Atau Tanaka and Dr. Matthew Fuller. Marco looks at the collision of critical creativity with humanized technologies. He is known for his body-based performance works and creates custom open biotechnologies and physical interactive systems. He is a Harvestworks Creativity + Technology = Enterprise Fellow (New York, US) with support by the Rockefeller Foundation.

In the past 3 years, Marco has performed over 100 concerts and spoken in 50 countries including US and South America, Europe, India, China, South Korea and Australia. His works have been selected at leading art events (ISEA, Venice Biennale, WRO Biennale), specialized festivals and venues (FILE, Panorama, EMPAC, New York Electronic Arts Festival, Sonorities, Némo, Mapping, Piksel, Re-New, Laboral) and major academic conferences (NIME, ICMC, Pure Data Convention, Linux Audio Conference @ Stanford CCRMA, SICMF). He curated a comprehensive journal publication on biotech and performing arts entitled Biotechnological Performance Practice (eContact! 14.2). His writings have appeared in the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press), in the book “New Art/Science Affinities” (CMU and Studio for Creative Enquiry, US), and several times in specialised conference proceedings.

His biophysical system, the Xth Sense, (XS) was recently awarded the first prize in the Margaret Guthman Musical Instrument Competition (Georgia Tech, US 2012) as the “world’s most innovative new musical instrument”. The XS was publicly launched during summer 2012 at the Scotland Music Hack Day.

His latest work “Nigredo”, a private installation for altered self-perception with Marije Baalman, was recently awarded the 2nd prize in the TransitioMX New Media Art Award (MX). He has been artists in residence at STEIM (NL), Inspace (UK), and National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance (DK). His work has been funded by the European Commission, British Council, Creative Scotland, New Media Scotland, and the Danish Arts Council. His projects have been reviewed on BBC, Reuters, Wired, RTVE, El Pais, Weave, Create Digital Music, We Make Money Not Art, Rhizome, and Digicult.

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