Marco Donnarumma (IT/DE) Xth Sense

Biophysical sensor for interactive music and video

Saturday 07.09.2013.

  • 11:00-18:00 Xth sense workshop, Pogon Jedinstvo Small Hall

Sunday 08.09.2013.

  • 11:00-18:00 Xth sense workshop, Pogon Jedinstvo Small Hall

Monday 09.09.2013.

  • 20:00 performance & artist talk @ Močvara club

Tuesday 10.09.2013.

  • 17:00-19:00 guest lecture @ IEEE Elevate @ KSET

Xth sense, biophysical instrument of the Italian new media artist Marco Donnarumma developed as a part of a research project at Edinburgh University; a DIY open source device that functions on the premises of biophysics as a body extension. A sensitive, wearable device generates sound in real time on the basis of MMG frequencies that are created by muscles of the human body in motion. The sound is controlled by the performer’s body movement and his own kinetic energy, without the mediation of a MIDI controller or similar computer devices. The instrument has been named “the world’s most innovative new musical instrument” by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology in the year 2012.Unlike most of the biotechnology, the instrument is not expensive and can be easily modified. The participants of the practical-theoretical workshop at Pogon Jedinstvo will have the chance to make their own Xth sense instrument and gain insight into its challenging technical and performative capacities.

organizers: Culture Development Association “URK” + Mochvara Club & KONTEJNER | bureau of contemporary art praxis
concept: KONTEJNER
curators of Mochvara Gallery: KONTEJNER | Ena Hodžić, Ivana Jelača & Tereza Teklić
technical team: Matija Jelić & Hrvoje Horvat
media partners: H-alter, Kulturpunkt, Radio Student
supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, Zagreb City Office for Education, Culture and Sport

Marco Donnarumma (IT/DE)

Marco Donnarumma is an artist, performer and scholar weaving together contemporary performance, new media art and computer music since the early 2000s. He manipulates bodies, creates choreographies, engineers technology and composes sounds, combining disciplines and media into an oneiric, sensual, uncompromising aesthetics. He is internationally acknowledged for solo performances, stage productions and installations where the body becomes a morphing language to speak critically of ritual, power and technology.

In 2019, he co-founded the artists group Fronte Vacuo with Margherita Pevere and Andrea Familari. Their first series of performances, Humane Methods, exposes the violence of today’s algorithmic societies and brings to the stage human performers, non-human organisms and AI-driven dramaturgy. Donnarumma’s own cycle of performances and installations, 7 Configurations, dissects the conflicts between AI and body politics through the relationships of four human performers and six AI prostheses. The works are currently touring in Europe and Asia.

Touring regularly for the past fifteen years across theaters, concert halls, festivals and museums worldwide, his repertoire received numerous acknowledgments, most recently: Digital Award at Romaeuropa Festival 2018 for Eingeweide; two awards at the Bains Numériques Biennial 2018, as well as the Award of Distinction (2nd prize) in Sound Art at Prix Ars Electronica 2017 for Corpus Nil; Artist of the Science Year 2018 by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education for Amygdala.



Pogon Jedinstvo (Zagreb), Mochvara Club (Zagreb), KSET (Zagreb)