Marco Donnarumma “Corpus Nil” at NIME-New Interface for Musical Expression278
Sketches for body-machine configuration: Corpus Nil
From Marco Donnarumma’ Website
“Brewing in studio is a new body performance for sound, light and biotechnologies entitled Corpus Nil. Through a choreography that strains the edges of muscular tension, limbs torsion, skin friction and equilibrium a non-human body of flesh struggles to take form. The sound of the muscles stretching beneath the skin and the electrical activity of the brain are turned into sound and light. A preview of Corpus Nil is scheduled at NIME, the leading conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression
As my PhD draws close to an end this summer, I’m in studio rehearsing a new performance that will be previewed at NIME, the international conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, at the end of the month.
I’ve been working together with Baptiste Caramiaux to create Corpus Nil, a new body performance that wraps up the research I’ve done in the past three years combiningphysiological computing, performance art and cultural studies of the body to examine physical expression in sound performance.
Here are some rehearsal pictures, visual sketches of the final performance.
Corpus Nil is a performance for reorganised body, octophonic surround sound, interactive lights and biowearable musical instrument.
Through a series of movements that explore the limits of muscular tension, limbs torsion, skin friction, and equilibrium the body is reorganised.
As the body morphs, its muscular force and brain activity are transformed into digital sounds and light patterns.
The body and the machine are configured into one entity. Their relation is not one of control, but one of becoming.
Together, the human body and the machine body become a new body.
A body that is not necessarily human nor cyborg, it’s an expressive body of flesh, circuitry, transducers, sound and lights.
Stay tuned for a video teaser to come out soon.