Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r) (US) 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 evolves from a decade of collaboration between code-poet Judd Morrissey and performance artist and choreographer, Mark Jeffery. Performing members, who also collaborate in the conceptualization and creation of work, include Justin Deschamps, Samuel Hertz, and Christopher Knowlton.
ATOM-r was conceived when we encountered the architectural form of early modern anatomical theatres, small amphitheaters built for viewing human dissections and new surgical procedures. We use this architecture symbolically to explore the altered and augmented body, technologies of inscription, encodings of queerness, and our own embodied narratives. Based in Chicago, we present locally, nationally and internationally.