Private experience of altered self-perception and biophysical media
Nigredo is a private 8 minute artwork to be experienced by one visitor at a time. The project was awarded the Cynetart Prize 2014 (DE) and the TransitioMX New Media Art Award 2013 (MX).
Artist Derek Holzer said:
"Those that know me, know that I'm always a champion of works which have a strong phenomenological relationship with the present rather than a semiotic relationship with the past. Marco Donnarumma's new work (along with Chris Salter and Marije Baalman "Just Noticeable Difference") really shines as an example of what can be done with the here and now."
The work repurposes biofeedback methods and custom wearable bioacoustic technology to investigate how perceptual deprivation can affect the aware distinction between self and not-self.
The visitor's heart and blood pulsation sounds are sampled and manipulated to produce new stimuli. These are intense surround audio, high power vibration induced through skull and bones, and pulsating light that are fed back to the visitor's body. Typical effects are blurred vision, loss of equilibrium, and a sense of falling or being touched, amongst others.
The work is completely safe, although it might not be suitable for all kind of audiences.
Developed during an artistic residency at STEIM, Studio for Electro Instrumental Music, Amsterdam, NL.
Concept, composition, realisation, sensing technology: Marco Donnarumma
Hardware engineering and artistic support: Marije Baalman
Tech support: Lucas Norer
Visitors’ assistant: Ida Toft
Videography: Tanja Busking