[-empyre-] empyre subscribers: we want you to tell us about your new projects and post your bio

Marco Donnarumma m at marcodonnarumma.com
Sat Jun 29 05:59:43 EST 2013

Dear all,

I'm a recent lurker (from 2011 I think) and have posted a couple of times.
Thanks for everybody's effort in making this list a continuous flow of

A formal biography lives here [1]. I'm a PhD student at Goldsmiths
University of London, supervised by Atau Tanaka and Matthew Fuller,
researching within a project funded by the European Research Council. I'm a
Creativity + Technology = Enterprise fellow at Harvestworks, with the
support of the Rockefeller Foundation. As Ben, I'm a FOSS and Open Hardware
advocate, and work almost exclusively with free tools.

I'm a practicing performer, with a strong interest in critical creativity
and the body. I use technology as a means to tinker with the physical,
biological, cultural body and its expressive capabilities. In my work I
research and design custom technologies, specially wearable and interactive
biotechnologies. The latest instrument I created is the open and free Xth
Sense [2], a musical instrument that enable a performer to make music in
real time by sampling and manipulating bioacoustic sounds from her muscles

At the moment, I'm touring with the latest three performances [3] composed
for the Xth Sense, and very recently have collaborated on a large-scale
biophysical dance project with artist Heidi Boisvert which premiered at
EMPAC last May [4].

Writing is an integral part of my practice [5]. Perhaps the most relevant
readings could be my first complete discussion of biophysical music [6] on
the Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and the online journal issue I was editor
for at eContact!, entitled Biotechnological Performance Practice [7].

As for my PhD, I research new musical instruments and practices. We are
working on combinations of sensing and machine learning technologies that
use the changing physiological mechanism of a player to achieve an
always-in-process interaction with the musical instrument. The instrument
and performance design is grounded in body theory, so to understand the
cultural, if not political, impact of using and acting upon a musician’s
body in a public performance setting.

Thanks for reading, look forward to learn about you all,
best wishes,

[1] http://marcodonnarumma.com/bio/
[2] http://res.marcodonnarumma.com/projects/xth-sense
[3] http://marcodonnarumma.com/works
[4] http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/810499941/radical-signs-of-life
[5] http://marcodonnarumma.com/texts/
[6] http://www.leoalmanac.org/vol18-no3-incarnated-sound/
[7] http://cec.sonus.ca/econtact/14_2/

Marco Donnarumma
New Media + Sonic Arts Practitioner, Performer, Teacher, Director.
Embodied Audio-Visual Interaction Research Team.
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths University of London
Portfolio: http://marcodonnarumma.com
Research: http://res.marcodonnarumma.com
Director: http://www.liveperformersmeeting.net

On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 at 11:18 AM, B. Bogart <ben at ekran.org> wrote:

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> Hello all,
> I'm away from home on vacation in Australia after attending the Creativity
> and Cognition conference in Sydney. The bio on my website (www.ekran.org)
> is a bit dated, so I'll wing it. I have no idea how long I have been
> lurking as I don't have my archives with me. At home I have a nice draft of
> a new bio / artist statement I've been working on that would have been
> great to share, but alas.
> I'm a PhD Candidate in the School of Interactive Art and Technology at
> Simon Fraser University (www.siat.sfu.ca) in Vancouver, Canada. I have
> performed in live contexts (http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/**
> category/art/performance/<http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/category/art/performance/>),
> and exhibited installations (http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/**
> category/art/installation/<http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/category/art/installation/>),
> and lately prints (http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/**2009/self-organized-**
> landscapes-2009-present/<http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/2009/self-organized-landscapes-2009-present/>).
> I am a FOSS advocate and software developer and have been using 99% FOSS
> tools in my artistic and academic work since 2003.
> I am currently in the thick of implementing my PhD project, which is a
> site-specific autonomous generative artwork in a series of Context Machines
> (http://www.mitpressjournals.**org/doi/abs/10.1162/LEON_a_**00525<http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/LEON_a_00525>).
> This project, Dreaming Machine #3, is an attempt to computationally model
> neurological processes of dreaming. It is hoped that by modelling the
> processes of dreaming and prerequisite perception, we can look at the study
> of creativity from an atypical angle. The model is both artwork and product
> of research that realizes an Integrative Theory (of perception,
> mind-wandering, mental imagery, dreaming and aspects of creativity) that is
> expected to inspire other works. My first paper on the topic is included in
> the C&C proceedings, and I'll post when they are available (
> http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/**category/writing/<http://www.ekran.org/ben/wp/category/writing/>
> ).
> I think that is enough. I look forward to reading the other bios.
> Ben Bogart
> On 13-06-28 04:51 AM, Renate Ferro wrote:
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