• Performance: Eingeweide by Marco Donnarumma in collaboration with Margherita Pevere 

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    Posted: 22 October 2018

    "Unbelievably beautiful and deeply disturbing" (Kaput Mag)

    Eingeweide manifests the relationship of human and machine as a harsh, poetic and humbling form of intimacy. The performance makes its Dutch premiere in Natlab during the Frankenstein Symposium after it debuted at the opening of Ars Electronica festival.

    A Dutch debut
    In Eingeweide, two human performers and an artificially intelligent prosthesis perform a choreographic struggle of unity and transformation, bending sensuality and symbolism. What happens when a machine becomes part of a human body? Could this help us understand that the power of the human body is its capacity to be different and to take unexpected forms and identities?

    Tickets for Eingeweide available on Eventbrite.

    About Eingeweide
    The performance stages a ritual of coalescence. It is the experience of two human bodies and a machine searching for their own joint, bodily identity. A process which blurs the distinction between them, between flesh and circuits, muscles and wires. The performers’ partner is a robotic prosthesis named Amygdala, driven by custom artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms. The robotic prosthesis is driven by neural networks and machine learning algorithms. Amygdala’s movement is not preprogrammed but emerges from learning. The prosthesis behaves independently from its wearer. They interact physically, playing on bodily tension, instability and ritualistic repetition, while at the same time, they are unable to escape their fundamentally different modes of existence. Sounds from the performers’ muscle activity are amplified and transformed by the AI algorithms into a visceral auditive experience. Inhabiting a desolate, surreal landscape, the humans and the machine struggle to access a new form of hybrid identity.

    About Marco Donnarumma
    Artist and scholar Marco Donnarumma distinguished himself by his use of emerging technology to deliver artworks that are at once intimate and powerful. Working with biotechnology, artificial intelligence (AI) and neurorobotics, Donnarumma expresses the imaginary nature of the body with a new and unsettling intensity. He holds a Ph.D. in performing arts, computing and body theory from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Berlin University of the Arts in partnership with the Neurorobotics Research Lab Berlin.

    About Margherita Pevere
    With a fascination for organic processes, artist and researcher Margherita Pevere investigates biological and technological matter. In installations, performances, visual works, collections of plant and animal relics, and collaborations with bacterial cultures, her practice combines scientific protocols with intense and sophisticated aesthetics. Pevere is a PhD Candidate in Artistic Research at Aalto University, Helsinki, in collaboration with Biofilia Laboratory – Base for biological arts.


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