Artist talk: Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey
Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-‐R) is a collective exploring 21st century embodiment through performance, language and emerging technologies. The work mixes the live body with ubiquitous computing through DIY interactive sets and an implementation of Augmented Reality (AR) in which virtual content is overlaid onto bodies and spaces. Formed in 2012, the group is currently comprised of co-‐founders Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffery with performing collaborators Justin Deschamps and Christopher Knowlton.
ATOM’r’s current work-‐in-‐progress, Kjell Theory, is a live augmented reality performance that responds to the life and work of gay computing pioneer Alan Turing in conjunction with staged algorithmic mutations of Guillaume Apollinaire’s 1917 play, Les Mamelles de Tirésias (Tirésias’ Tits), a gender-‐fluid spectacle for which the author invented the word surrealism. The performance draws upon Turing’s visits to Scandinavia during the last years of his life, following the forced estrogen treatment for crimes of indecency (due to a consensual homosexual affair) that caused him to develop breasts. During this time, Turing formulated a mathematical theory of natural forms including plants and embryos that he named for a male Norwegian love interest.