Marco Donnarumma

Music and Sound Art

Marco Donnarumma is an artist and researcher merging sound art and performance art through science and technology. He is known for his wide range of performances, concerts and installations using and abusing human bodies, sound, infrasound, light, algorithms, body sensors and loudspeakers. His works rely on the material force of sound to produce intensely intimate encounters of bodies and machines, and vivid sensory, and physical experiences. His creative process is a continuous feedback between artistic intuition, scientific experiments, and development of custom technologies.


Regularly touring worldwide, he performed and spoke in over 60 countries across North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe. His works are 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). 

He obtained a PhD in Arts & Computational Technologies from Goldsmiths, University of London, with a thesis examining the nature and politics of human­machine corporeality, both theoretically and practically. Marco is the editor of the first audiovisual anthology of Biophysical Music for the Computer Music Journal (MIT Press), and for Biotechnological Performance Practice (eContact! 14.2), a comprehensive journal publication on biotech and the performing arts. Forthcoming essays will appear in the Oxford Handbook of Music and the Body (Oxford University Press), with Atau Tanaka, and Unconventional Computing for Music (Springer).