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ATOM-R (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality) Presents The Operature

Mark Jeffery & Judd Morrissey

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

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Friday and Saturday March 21, 22, 28 , 29

25 screen Interactive Exhibition from 6 – 8pm

Performance starts at 8pm

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. 


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) 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. 





Regrettably, at this time, the NMHM Chicago is not ADA accessible throughout; there is no elevator to the second and third floors.  However, the first floor and its bathrooms are accessible.


Should you require special assistance please inform us in advance at 312.671.0905 so that we can best accommodate your needs for the event.

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National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago
175 W Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 6:00 PM (CDT)

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Mark Jeffery & Judd Morrissey

Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey are a collaboration merging live performance and digital literary practices. The work, which is visual, textual and choreographic, evolves through context-specific research and practice and always considers the constraints of a given venue or occasion. Site-responsive concerns extend beyond the exhibition space to include local communities and online textual activity happening in proximity to an event. A given piece is a body of material that may have no singular fixed form but is alternately or simultaneously presented as large-scale public projection, internet art, durational live installation, or a performance of fixed length.

Jeffery and Morrissey have presented throughout the US, UK, and Europe with recent venues including the Cathedral Quarter in the city of Lincoln, UK (commissioned performance distributed throughout multiple outdoor sites), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Museum of ContemporaryArt Chicago, Center of Contemporary Culture Barcelona, Bergen ArtMuseum, House of World Cultures (Berlin), Chicago Cultural Center, andthe Ontological-Hysteric Theater in NYC. Both artists teach at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and were members of the seminal international performance collective Goat Island.

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