[microsound-announce] Nigredo, physically induced perceptual deprivation and the distinction of self

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Fri Mar 15 09:47:06 EDT 2013

(sorry for x-post)


please, allow me to share with you Nigredo, a new work just created during
a residency at STEIM, which might be of interest.

Video documentation and details at

"Nigredo is a private 8 minutes artwork to be experienced by one visitor at
a time. Drawing from studies in analytical psychology, human sensory
systems, and biotechnologies, the piece offers an intimate and uncanny
experience of one’s internal self. Namely, the work investigates how
perceptual deprivation can affect alterity, or otherness, that is the aware
distinction between self and not-self.

The work uses ad hoc biophysical methods and wearable bioacoustic
technology to stimulate a continuous sensorial feedback within the
visitor’s own body. In a small, blacked out room a visitor sits alone
facing a mirror, and wired to on-body sensors. The low frequency sound
pulses of heart, muscular and vein tissues produced by the visitor’s body
are captured, augmented, and fed back to the subject’s sensory system as
new auditive, visual, and physical stimuli. Intense surround sound,
pulsating lights, and mechanical vibrations are diffused through the
subject's ears, eyes, bones, and skull... The combined skeletal resonance,
sound stimuli, and light pulse produce a constant and intense stimulation
field that alters the movement of the internal organs, and the behaviour of
the optical nerves..."

thanks for your attention,
and feedback are most welcome!

best wishes,

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
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