The Operature is a live performance and augmented reality (AR) poem engaging themes of anatomical science and spectacle. The work’s choreography and use of technology are influenced by research into a series of diverse anatomical histories including early-modern surgical theatres, Francis Glessner Lee’s miniature crime scene re-enactments known as the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, and The Stud File, an autobiographical record of the sexual exploits of Samuel Steward, a 20th century tattoo artist, gay pornographer, and friend of Gertrude Stein.
The performance is extended by a 25 screen interactive exhibition on the ground floor based on the concept of an operating theatre. The Operature includes an interactive operating table that controls screen-based content and distributes virtual AR overlays that can be viewed through mobile devices. A smart-phone is not required as the work’s elaborate set includes a series of viewing stations.
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ATOM-R is a provisional collective exploring forensics, anatomy, and 21st century embodiment through performance, language and emerging technologies. Participants include Mark Jeffery (choreography), Judd Morrissey (technology and dramaturgical systems), Justin Deschamps, Sam Hertz, Christopher Knowlton, and Blake Russell,(collaborators/performers) with Meghan Moe Beitiks (Technical Director), Andrew Pace (Textile Artist), Laura Prieto-Velasco (Prop / Jeweller) Alfredo Salazar – Caro (New Media Artist), Bryan Saner (Master Carpenter), Kate Hampel (Costumes), Company Manager Stephanie Acosta and Studio Assistant Alexandria Eregbu.
ATOM-R co-founders Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffery are a collaboration merging digital literary practices and performance (2003 – ). A given piece may have no singular fixed form is alternately or simultaneously presented as internet art, durational live installation or a performance of fixed length. Both artists were members of Goat Island Performance Group.
The work is partially supported by a grant from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum and commissioning support from the European research group ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model for Creativity and Innovation in Practice) in collaboration with Edinburgh College of Art and New Media Scotland. The piece has also been supported by The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and by artist’s workshops at Dance4, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, York St John University and the Department of English at King’s College London and supported by the Innovation programme at the Cultural Institute at King’s College London. The work is also supported by the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago with the collective being artists in residence at the Museum.
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