THE OPERATURE by ATOM-r @National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago 8 Minute Gallery edit for exhibition:
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 Operature’s set is comprised of a DIY interactive operating table and four modular table-leaves that, when combined, form a large banquet table that, at times, serves as a stage. The central table is used as an instrument to control screen-based content and map AR overlays to geo-physical coordinates in the space. A smart-phone is not required for accessing virtual content as the work’s elaborate set includes a series of viewing stations.
The performance runs for 90-minutes with a 12 minute intermission at which time audience members are invited to scan interactive tattoos on the bodies of performers unveiling additional virtual layers of the work.
Assembled from performances at National Museum of Health and Medicine, Chicago IL, 3/20 & 3/28 2014. Video production and camera work by James Tate.