Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-R) is a Chicago based collective exploring the queerness of 21st century embodiment through performance, language and emerging technologies. The work integrates the live body with augmented reality (AR), in which virtual content is mapped onto bodies and spaces through the use of a smartphone app. Formed in 2012, ATOM-r is currently comprised Judd Morrissey, Mark Jeffery, Justin Deschamps and Christopher Knowlton.
ATOM’r’s current work-in-progress, Kjell Theory, engages Alan Turing’s descriptions of morphological patterns in nature, recorded after the gay computing pioneer had undergone forced estrogen treatments for crimes of indecency. This narrative is juxtaposed with mutated excerpts from Guillaume Apollinaire’s 1917 play, Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Tirésias’ Tits), a gender-fluid spectacle for which the author invented the word surrealism.
For The Spire, ATOM-r will talk about their current project, scheduled for completion in 2017 to coincide with the centennial of Apollinaire’s play. For the previous two weeks the company have been artists in residence at Chichester University in the dance department. They will discuss their current modes of research, of embodying and sequencing material in live and virtual space. The talk will also involve participation in which audience members are invited to interact with the performers with their smartphones to activate virtual texts, objects, and animated gifs.
ATOM-r works in-residence at the international Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago. The group has performed recently at venues including Grace Exhibition Space (NYC), Perform Chinatown (Los Angeles), ZERO1 Garage (San Jose), Eyebeam (NYC), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), Anatomy Theatre and Museum (London), Performing House (York), and the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago). More info: atom-r.tumblr.com | atom-r.com