Saturday 24.02.2018 at 18:30

Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality presents their new work-in-progress, their only date performing it in Finland is at Myymälä2 gallery.

The Beautiful Holy Jewel Home of the Original Rhinestone CowboyAnatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r) presents a new work-in-progress that excavates the early history of panoramas, cycloramas and immersive 360 degree views, to create a queer visionary environment blending live performance and augmented reality. This first episode of the work explores habitats where the boundaries between bodies and spaces collapse in a dazzling anonymity. The performance invokes outdoor cruising, camouflage, the figure of the trickster, and the ornately designed home of American artist Loy Bolin, the original rhinestone cowboy. ATOM-r’s use of mixed reality technologies and projection creates a transformed space where physical and virtual, interior and exterior, are blurred and reversed.

Judd Morrissey and Mark Jeffery formerly of Goat Island Performance Group co – founded Chicago based ATOM-r (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality) in 2012. ATOM-r is a provisional collective exploring forensics, anatomy, and 21st century embodiment through performance, language, and emerging technologies. The work is interdisciplinary and evolves through large-scale projects with long durations of research and practice that generate outputs across a range of platforms including Internet art, augmented reality, site specific installation, choreographed movement, books, films and objects. ATOM-r was conceived in response to the historical architecture of early modern anatomical theaters, spaces designed for viewing human dissections and early surgical procedures. This physical and conceptual arrangement is used as a symbol throughout their work to explore histories and experiences of the body, sexuality, and prosthesis. ATOM-r core members: Mark Jeffery (choreography),Judd Morrissey (text and technology), Justin Deschamps, Christopher Knowlton and Colin Roberson (collaborators/performers).

From their inception in April 2012 until January 2016, ATOM-­‐r were artists-­in-­residence at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Chicago. For the whole of 2016, ATOM-r were artists in-residence at The International Museum of Surgical Science, (Chicago) and are now artists in residence at The Graham Foundation for the Applied Arts since the Fall of 2016. They have developed two large scale projects Kjell Theøry (2017) and The Operature (2014). They began their third large scale project in the Fall of 2017 The Beautiful Holy Jewel Home of the Original Rhinestone Cowboy and plan to premier this in the winter of 2019/2020. ATOM-r has developed projects for traditional and nontraditional spaces, in physical and virtual spaces. In creating the works ATOM-r has collaborated with sculptors, painters, new media artists, printers, photographers, costumer’s, jewellers, filmmakers, make up artists, sound and lighting designers.