Marco Donnarumma presents Corpus Nil
Artist, performer and scholar Marco Donnarumma uses the medium of the body to speak critically of ritual, power and technology. Since the early 2000s he mixes new media, contemporary performance and computer music to create disturbing art. He manipulates bodies, creates choreographies, engineers technology and composes sounds, combining disciplines and media into an oneiric, sensual, uncompromising aesthetics. Touring regularly for the past fifteen years across major and independent theaters, concert halls, festivals and museums worldwide, his repertoire received numerous acknowledgments.
Corpus Nil received the Award of Distinction (2nd prize) in Sound Art at Prix Ars Electronica 2017. It is a performance for a human body and an artificially intelligent machine. A naked body, partly human and partly machine, lies on stage. It is an amorphous cluster of skin, muscles, hardware and software. Biophysical sensors attached to the performer’s limbs capture bodily electrical voltages and corporeal sounds and feed them to the machine. At the same time the machine responds to the motions of the body. In an unstable feedback loop, the body and the machine pollute each other. It is unclear whether the new body is human enough, or perhaps, the common meaning of ‘human’ is not enough to describe it.