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Judd Morrissey, The Operature


The Operature is an interactive installation of narrative-poetic movements engaging themes of forensics, anatomy and 21stcentury embodiment. The work incorporates a range of historical and contemporary contexts of observation and anatomical analysis including early modern surgical theaters, Francis Glessner Lee’s Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, and The Stud File, a methodical archive of personal evidence documenting the sexual exploits of Samuel Steward, a 20th century tattoo artist, gay pornographer, and friend of Gertrude Stein. In this iteration, 12 disks with biological symbols can be scanned by a webcam to access visual-textual movements as well as qr codes and augmented reality markers that can be examined with a smartphone. The Operature is a multi-modal project of the collective Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r) with several large-scale manifestations including a 2-hour live performance and a 25-screen installation. This scaled-down version will include artifacts drawn from the larger body of work.


Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist. His large-scale multimodal projects often have manifestations as internet art, live performance, site-responsive installation, and participatory event. He is the creator of widely studied and anthologized digital literary works including The Precession (2011), The Last Performance [dot org] (2009), The Jew’s Daughter (2006), and My Name is Captain, Captain (2002). Judd  is co-founder of the performance and technology collective Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r) and works as an Assistant Professor of Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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