biopoetriX - conFiGURing AI

When and Where

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Luella Massey Studio Theatre
4 Glen Morris Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada


A collaboration between the ArtSci Salon at the Field’s Institute, the Digital Dramaturgy Lab (DDL) / Institute for Digital Humanities in Performance (idHIP) and the new International Performance Series of the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.  

Performance: “Corpus Nil. A Ritual of Birth for a Modified Body” conceived and performed by Marco Donnarumma

LAB dance: Blitz media posters on labs in the arts, sciences and engineering as represented by our panel below

10 min. intermission

Panel: Performing AI, hybrid media and humans in/as technology
Panel participants: Dr. Marco DonnarummaDr. Doug van Nort (Dispersion Lab, York U.), Jane Tingley (Stratford User Research & Gameful Experiences Lab (SURGE), U of Waterloo), Dr. Angela Schoellig (Dynamic Systems Lab, U of T)
Panel animators: Dr. Antje Budde (Digital Dramaturgy Lab) and Dr. Roberta Buiani (ArtSci Salon)

Followed by a reception at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (496 Huron St.) 8:15-10pm

Tickets are free or by donation. 

Concept and event dramaturgy: Antje Budde and Roberta Buiani with DDL collaborators Sanja Vodovnik, Nina Czegledy, Berna Celikkaya, Richard Windeyer
Technical Director: Paul Stoesser 
Event media interface design: Montgomery C. Martin (DDL)
TPA Assistant: Ross Slaughter 
Event music design: Richard Windeyer (DDL)

Event supported by:
Italian Embassy in Canada; Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at U of T; Istituto Italiano di Cultura; Digital Dramaturgy Lab

*This venue is not accessible. We will do our best to make appropriate accommodations. Please email at your earliest.

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Marco Donnarumma profile by Ugo Dalla Porta

Since the early 2000s, Marco Donnarumma has developed a deeply transdisciplinary expertise, drawing equally from live art, music, biological science, computation and cultural studies. 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. His practice uses emerging technology to deliver artworks that are at once intimate and powerful, oniric and uncompromising, sensual and confrontational. Working with biotechnology, biophysical sensing, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) and neurorobotics, Donnarumma expresses the chimerical nature of the body with a new and unsettling intensity. He is renowned for his focus on sound, whose physicality and depth he exploits to create experiences of instability, awe, shock and entrainment.


4 Glen Morris Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada