[microsound-announce] 21 Feb - Nigredo, new private work for altered self-perception and biomedia - STEIM Preview

Marco Donnarumma devel at thesaddj.com
Mon Feb 18 10:05:51 EST 2013

(sorry for x-post)

if you find yourself in Amsterdam this week...

"Come join us before the opening ceremonies of Sonic Acts festival for the
initial preview of new media and sound artist Marco Donnarumma’s latest
work, Nigredo.

Nigredo (Marco Donnarumma, 2013), developed during a residency at STEIM, is
designed as a private 8 minute artwork to be experienced by one visitor at
a time. The work draws from studies in analytical psychology, human sensory
system, and biotechnology so to create an intimate and uncanny experience
of one’s internal self.

The work uses ad hoc biofeedback methods and wearable bioacoustic
technology to create feedback systems within the visitor’s own body through
sound (bioacoustics) and bioelectric signals. The senses are heightened
beyond their natural threshold, so as to induce an intense experience
between viscera and perception.

The term Nigredo comes originally from alchemy, where it is referred to as
putrefaction or decomposition. In order to create the philosopher’s stone,
alchemists would produce a homogeneous black matter by slowly cooking all
their ingredients at once. Later in the framework of analytical psychology,
the term Nigredo became a metaphor for the moment of despair and
disillusionment caused by a spiralling descent into the dark unknowns of
the subconscious mind.

The techniques used in this artwork are completely safe, however, be aware
that the work includes high sound pressure level, pulsating lights, and
induced body vibration."



Private showings will happen every ten minutes from 11h-14h and 15h-18h
Due to the limited number of available slots it is recommended to reserve
in advance.
Book your slot at the bottom of this page:



DATE: 21 FEB 2013

TIME: Five showings per hour, one every 10 minutes
11h – 14h
15h – 18h


LOCATION: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam


Hope to see some of you there,
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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