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Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality


Recent Work

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Kjell Theory: ATOM-r at Perform Chinatown

Kjell Theory: ATOM-r at Perform Chinatown, RUSH HOUR, August 15th 2015 Los Angeles

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Kjell Theøry / Prologue

Kjell Theøry / Prologue is an in-progress Augmented Reality (AR) performance juxtaposing the historical narrative of gay computing pioneer Alan …

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Kjell Theory

ATOM-r Kjell Theory (Within the House) invitation from 6018NORTH to respond to Sarah FitzSimons’s House as part of Chicago Architecture Biennial  

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Collaboration with Christopher Schulz

Atom-r and Christopher Schulz have collaborated to carefully craft The Operature, a 60 page augmented reality performance publication with pull …

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The Operature

The Operature is a live performance and augmented reality poem engaging themes of forensics and anatomical science and spectacle. The …

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Field Anatomy

Live installation, performance, and augmented reality poem in collaboration with Shawn Decker’s, Prairie, in the Yates Gallery at the Chicago …

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Hyde Park Art Salon

Atom-r tabless version (extract) Photographs by Alexandria Eregbu

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The Breaking Wheel

The Breaking Wheel is a durational live installation that engages histories of forensics and anatomical science, placing the crudeness of …

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Memento Mori

Memento Mori blends the crudeness of early surgery with the prevailing 21st century vision of a body enhanced by data, …

There’s a lot about ATOM-r’s Operature that makes me uncomfortable. It helps to shine a light on things.



Who we are

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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) and Judd Morrissey (technology and dramaturgical systems) merge digital literary practices and performance, both of whom were members of Goat Island performance group. A given piece may have no singular fixed form but is alternately or simultaneously presented as internet art, duration live installation or a performance of fixed length. The work is performed by Justin Deschamps, Sam Hertz, Christopher Knowlton, and Blake Russell.





ATOM-r 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, York St John University and Being|Human Festival Arts and Humanities Festival London and also supported by the Department of English at King’s College London and by the King’s Cultural Institute Creative Futures initiative. The work has also been supported by artist’s workshops at Dance4, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, York St John University, Department of English at King’s College London and the English Department at the University of Sussex. The work is also supported by the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago with the collective being artists in residence at the Museum.

Collaborators include: Alfredo Salazar-Caro (new media), Dav Yendler (illustrations), Kate Hampel (costume designer), Hunter Gatherer Jewelry (prosthetic design), Bryan Saner (carpenter), Christopher Schulz (publication), Stephanie Acosta (company manager) Alexandria Eregbu (studio assistant), Andrew Pace (textile designer), with Matthew Steinbrecher, Anna Felicity Friedman, Anthony Romero, Fiona Wright and Kira O’Reilly (guest writers.)


Mark Jeffery

Co-founder & Choreographer


Judd Morrissey

Co-founder & Electronic Writer


Samuel Hertz



Christopher Knowlton



Justin Deschamps


Blake Russell


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For more information about bringing Atom-R to your town or venue, email Mark Jeffery, mjeffery@saic.edu