Kjell Theøry: 2015-2017

Kjell Theøry is an adaptive Augmented Reality (AR) performance juxtaposing Alan Turing’s theory of morphogenesis, a mathematical account of patterns and forms in nature, with algorithmic mutations of Guillaume Apollinaire’s 1917 play, The Tits of Tiresias. In Apollinaire’s text, for which he coined the term surrealism, a woman named Theresa transforms into Tirésias, and her husband gives birth to 40,049 babies. Kjell Theøry responds to these disparate sources through programmed geo-spatial texts, choreographed movement, eye-tracking software, and interactive tattoos to explore the queer fluidity of systems and the poetics of blindness and sight.
An excerpt of geo-spatial AR poetics can currently be generated in your location here. The poem, staged within the Layar browser, is a limited prototype for the custom iOS app that will be publicly available in 2017. The excerpt has three phases: scanning an augmented image, reading a time-based sequence as texts are mapped to nearby coordinates, and finally viewing the poem in space. I'd love to see screenshots of the text in interesting environments (Layer has a Take Photo option - tag #atomr on instagram and twitter). The image/marker is a tattoo design of Phil Sparrow re-created by Dav Yendler for ATOM-r. If printed in color and/or as a temporary tattoo, it can be worn and generated in different places.
While living briefly in Norway, I learned of Alan Turing's visits to Scandinavia seeking tolerance and following rumors of male-only dances. These travels took place after estrogen treatments, imposed as punishment for crimes of indecency in the UK, left him with gynecomastia, or the growth of male breasts. In this period, Turing developed his description of the chemical reactions behind natural forms into a theory that he named for a male Norwegian love interest.
Kjell Theøry is still evolving as a series of solo iterations and as a production of my collective Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r), scheduled for completion in 2017. Variations and site-specific adaptations of Kjell Theøry have included the The Empty House (MCA Chicago), Measure Zero Vestibule (Buenos Aires), Kjell or The Y (Black Mountain College), Kjell Theøry: An Excursion (Bergen, Norway), and ATOM-r Within House (Chicago).
Measure Zero Vestibule
ATOM-r Within House
Kjell Theøry: An Excursion