Marco Donnarumma – Restless bodies, tame AI and powers of othering 

Prostheses without bodies, sensory gaps of assistive technologies, ordinary cyborgs, the sound of deafness. Dataset outliers, discrimination, linear regression and gradient descents. Choreographies of power, human-machine configurations, dances of aesthetics, powers of othering. There are links to be made and implications to be unravelled, ecosystems to be mapped and techno-corporeal experimentation to be performed, if one’s aim is to unfold expressions of power today. Because the relation between AI and the body is multiple, pluripotent, scattered and fragmented, what is needed is artistic and analytical methods that are equally manifold, disordered and splintered. These, perhaps, may yield insight into the radical and complex power of expression of bodies learning at the edge of experience.

Friday 28 April 2023, 13:30pm-15:30pm BST

free hybrid event (in person and on zoom)
Location in person: ICE Presentation Suite G17, Institute for Creative Cultures, Coventry University
Location online: zoom details available after booking


This event is part of C-DaRE’s The body and AI series, will combine an informal, historically-informed review of some artworks and performances by Marco spanning the past ten years with a semi-improvised conversation with Teoma Naccarato where they will try to navigate questions of aesthetics, computation, movement, agency and experience. Ample space for conversation with the audience will be ensured.

Marco Donnarumma is an artist, performer and researcher weaving together contemporary performance, new media art and interactive computer music since the early 2000s. He manipulates bodies, creates choreographies, engineers machines and composes sounds, thus combining disciplines, media and emerging technologies into an oneiric, sensual, uncompromising aesthetics. Marco has a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, was a Research Fellow at the Academy for Theater and Digitality, Dortmund, and at Berlin University of the Arts in partnership with the Neurorobotics Research Laboratory. He is currently Research Associate at the Intelligent Instrument Lab, Reykjavik. His writings embrace performance studies, body theory, aesthetics, human–computer interaction and unconventional computing.

Image: Marco Donnarumma by Manuel Vason.