Kristioffer Ørum
Since the beginning
Works in Copenhagen Denmark

Kristoffer Ørums ongoing projects focus on the ways media and popular science influences our everyday lives. His work is based on popular science, its myths and its ways of presenting itself. In a number of different projects with Anders Bojen he has created miniature universes of absurd knowledge and pseudo religion. The mixture of fear of, and belief in, the future conveyed by the mass media becomes a shiny soap opera, where the destiny of the human race is in the hands of mysterious forces and bizarre experiments.
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The unveiling of "A Body Has Many Members"

Thu Sep 24, 2015 13:00 - Thu Sep 24, 2015

Hillerød, Denmark

A Body Has Many Members

Please join us for the unveiling of A Body Has Many Members by Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum on 24. of September 2015, 13-15pm at Carlsbergvej 14, 3400 Hillerød, Denmark - Find you way here:

”For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body..” – (Corinthians 12:12)

”A Body Has Many Members” is a public commission for the UCC (University College Capital) Campus Nordsjælland commissioned by the Danish Agency for Culture and the UCC. It consists of over 30 screens scattered across all parts of the campus that show a real time visualisation of the College’s institutional infrastructure. On these screens the invisible flows of economy, knowledge and power are made visible in a visual language akin to computer games, or scientific visualisations. Individual members of staff and students appear as avatars

The project proposes a new visual metaphor through which to consider the institution: as an organic and ever-changing organism, defined not by its physical dimensions but rather by the activities that happen within, and around it. By visualising data drawn from lesson plans, evaluation structures as well as economic data this installation focuses attention on Campus Nordsjælland, its situation within society and the individuals that make up the institution.

”A Body Has Many Members” addresses the ancient metaphors of the human body that continue to shape the social and political imagination today. Since time immemorial the human body has been used as a metaphor for social and political relations. Today we still refer to the ‘head of state’ often without recognising or acknowledging the metaphor and its embedded ideology and social norms. This project hopes to leave these ancient bodily metaphors behind in order to adopt metaphors that are more in line with what constitutes a body in present-day science and an institution in contemporary society.

The project is the result of three years of intense work and represents an experiment with data-based public commissions on the part of both the Danish Agency for Culture and the UCC. The project has been realised with the help of Rasmus Erik Voel Jensen, a team of talented programmers from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the consulting architect Jørgen Kreiner-Møller and the staff of UCC Campus Nordsjælland.


Wireless footnotes from another art world

Fri Aug 21, 2015 00:00 - Sun Aug 30, 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark

Wireless footnotes from another art world" is an experiment examining the potential of utilising open Wi-Fi networks to rethink parts of the Copenhagen art world.
Twelve visual artists and writers were invited to produce work for open wireless networks that in one way or another fictionalises or challenges a particular art venue.
Kaspar Bonnén, Anders Bojen, Rasmus Graff, Mathew Robin Nye, Kristoffer Akselbo & Asbjørn Skou all agreed to participate. They have each produced work that somehow relates to their respective locations, their present day activities and history.
This projects is the first new project after an extended hiatus of more than a year. The Captive Portals network is springing to life again on the occasion of the Copenhagen Art Week, 21.- 30. August., now organised and carried out by Kristoffer Ørum alone.
The purpose of the project is unchanged: To examine the viability of open Wi-Fi networks as a parallel to existing channels of distribution such as book stores, galleries and museums. And to explore the artistic and critical possibilities of using Wi-Fi as a medium.
Captive Portal projects are always site-specific and durational, so the only chance to see these project will be at their respective physical sites in the period between August 21 to 31 (open day and night for 24 hours). You can find the specific locations of the projects on the map at Bring a smartphone , a tablet or laptop along to the location and log on to the open WI-FI network ‘Captive Portal’ to enter. If you attempt to access any website, such as for example, you will get to see one of the following art projects:

Det kreatives magtovertagelse
Kaspar Bonnén
Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi
Kongens Nytorv 1, 1050 København

Soft Bodies
Anders Bojen
Fabrikken for Kunst og Design
Sundholmsvej 46, 2300 København S

Rasmus Graff
Flæsketorvet 69 - 71, 1711 København V

Around the Bush while it takes a Beating
Mathew Robin Nye
Format Art Space
Nansensgade 35, 1366 København K

Kristoffer Akselbo
NLH Space
Vesterfælledvej 63, 1750 København

Para Site
Asbjørn Skou
Statens Værksteder for Kunst
Strandgade 27, 1401 København


Recognised Faces

Sun Apr 26, 2015 00:00 - Wed Apr 26, 2017

Recognised Faces

Recognised Faces is an internet application that generates a daily image of a face from images found via google’s lists of top search terms. Facial features in the found images are identified, using facial recognition technologies usually reserved for mass surveillance, before being combined into an image of a new face. After being generated these faces are used as the personal avatar of Kristoffer Ørum on his website, on various social networks and anywhere else his image might be indexed and scanned for facial features by intelligence agencies, commercial agents or other interested parties.

By constructing new faces from parts of the most looked upon images on the internet Recognised Faces creates a snapshot of the flow of data collection and facial recognition that happens daily on the internet, thus utilising facial recognition to generate phantom faces that reflect how computers perceive us as vaguely recognisable patterns in an ocean of data. When these phantom images are fed back into the internet, they may help to destabilise the NSA’s or Google’s images of who Kristoffer Ørum is ever so slightly.

The glitchy faces that emerge from the computer’s dispassionate gaze clearly differ from how faces appear to a more human gaze. They may appear somewhat monstrous and weird, but for the most part they remain strangely reminiscent of the beauty ideals that dominate mainstream media as well as most of the internet. What to human eyes might appear to be errors and distortions reveals traces of the statistical mode of perception that is really at work here - illustrating shortcomings of much reviled surveillance technology while providing us with a mechanical mode of observation that just might reveal things about our species that our own perception is unable to show us.

Kristoffer Ørum (April 26, 2015)

New Avatars available daily from and an archive of past faces are available here:


Captive Portal 2: The Wireless Touch

Fri Feb 21, 2014 17:00 - Mon Mar 31, 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

Captive II: The Wireless Touch / Den Trådløse berøring

Being in the right place with your smartphone on hand is all you need to visit the new Art Project in Copenhagen. You get art when you log into a wireless network.

Imagine that you walk around confused somewhere in Copenhagen and want Google maps to help you navigate. So you look for a Wi-Fi, but they all ask for passwords until you come across one called Captive Portal. You log on and instead of a city map, a work of art pops up on your screen. This is what has been happening at five different locations in Copenhagen since January 17 where five artists have created works for Captive Portal I.

From February 21 - April 1, Captive Portal II will supply five new artworks in all of the five locations.

Captive Portal I focused on how text is affected by its means of distribution.

Captive Portal II asks what wireless materiality is: The five new projects all explore the digital interfaces that take up still more of our attention and teach us to navigate radically different kinds of information in the same way: by swiping or pinching our way though the increasingly blurry territory between the fictional worlds of computer games, the supposedly credible information of Wikipedia or Google Maps, and the physical objects that this flow of information inhabits.

The five invited artist all question our interaction with the invisible wireless networks all around us.
Poet and photographer Christian Yde Frostholm's personal mapping of the area around Enghave raises the question of whether his version is less true or informative than the supposedly objective and unbiased version served up by Goggle Maps.
Recent graduate of the royal Danish academy of art, Anna Ørberg's contribution focuses on its location in the local community of Brumleby and how networks and communities have a tendency to become exclusive rather than inclusive.
In four videos the American media artist Angela Washko uses the computer game “The Sims” to reflect on the connection between free will and architecture. Danish artist Hannah Heilmanns project is an advertisement for an on-going project of collecting used contact lenses to make sculptures based on all the things these lenses have seen.
Danish artist Mogens Jacobsens project takes Jørgen Leths film from 1967 "The Perfect Human" as its point of departure in an examination of how contemporary media create absurd situations.

Captive Portal operates without public funding, based instead on donated hardware and the work of volunteers. We are situated outside traditional channels of distribution or funding for the arts in Denmark. This enables us to remain relatively free of the need to legitimize ourselves through numbers of attendance, notions of public relevance or commercial appeal. Captive Portal II is the second of three pilot projects. They take place before the more permanent establishment of Captive Portal as an international non-profit network. The purpose of these three pilot projects is to examine the long-term viability of Captive Portal and to serve as an inspiration for future projects carried out on the network by others.

Site-specific Art – here and only here the art may be seen from February 21 to April 1. The exhibition is open every day at all hours.

Nyhavn, Restaurant Cap Horn. "igen idag..." by visual artist Mogens Jacobsen.

Mjølnerparken. “Free Will Mode” by visual artist Angela Washko.

Enghavevej, at KPH Projects. “My Local Network” by writer and photographer Christian Yde Frostholm

Valby, public library, “Having No Soul” created by visual artist Hannah Heilmann.

Brumleby, “Det Lokale Netværk” by visual artist Anna Ørberg.

You can find the specific locations of the texts on a map at Bring a smartphone along, a tablet or laptop with a wireless and log on to the network ‘Captive Portal’ to enter.
With Captive Portal, we want to create an international wireless network for digital distribution of art material. In time, we hope that Captive Portal will be a non-profit alternative to existing channels such as bookshops, galleries and museums.

Nobody involved – artists, journalists, programmers, the people hosting the wireless networks and those who have donated hardware – is paid for their time. Read more on


Captive Portal 1: Locative Text

Fri Jan 17, 2014 17:00 - Wed Feb 19, 2014

Art when you least of all expected it
Being in the right place with your smartphone ready. This is all you need to visit the new Art Project in Copenhagen. You get art, when you log in on a wireless network.

COPENHAGEN – Maybe you are confused, you walk around somewhere in Copenhagen, and what you don’t have is an internet connection, so that Google Maps may assist you. All networks demand passwords except for one named Captive Portal. You log on, but instead of a map of the city a work of art pops up on your screen. This is what you may see in five different places in Copenhagen starting on January 17th. Behind this surprising new exhibition Site-specific Text is Kristoffer Ørum, visual artist and professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Odense.

Art becomes part of the air we breathe

Kristoffer Ørum had the idea to exhibit wireless art works when, one day, he was looking out from his flat near Nyhavn. What he saw through the window was a large number of tourists milling around with their smartphones above their heads attempting to capture open networks. He looked out and thought: Private space is in the streets and there is a public eagerly pursuing it. Suppose you gave them art and not just an internet connection.
This was the start of Captive Portal. We open Site-specific Text with five different artists from here and abroad who exhibit their work in five different places in Copenhagen. Each location is a wireless network. Some of the art works are sheltered in private homes, others are located in public buildings, and one is placed in a restaurant.

Reading as art

The exhibition Site-specific Text was born out of Kristoffer Ørum’s fascination with reading. Everywhere in public space people were reading: In libraries, in cafés, in city squares. But you also see people reading on busses, going from one place to the other, as well as on side-walks and on bikes. Texts, it appears, are with us everywhere, and reading is a form of communication.

In order to examine text and reading in public space , Kristoffer Ørum had the idea to use Captive Portal’s five wireless networks to do “something involving text”. He invited five visual artists from Denmark and abroad to create a digital exhibition for each individual wireless network, the only requirement being that their works should be based on text and relate to the location where it can be read and the way it is read.

The five artists Cia Rinne, Ursula Andkjær Olsen, Vanessa Place, Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen og Vladas Suncovas & Kristian Byskov, have produce five very different art works, each of which is specifically related to its location i Copenhagen.


Site-specific Art – here and only here the texts may be studied in the period from January 17th to February 19th. The exhibition is open twentyfour hours.

Nyhavn, Restaurant Cap Horn. Captive Horn created by the Danish- German-Finnish poet and artist Cia Rinne.

Mjølnerparken. Where are you, and what are you doing? created by the poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen.

Enghavevej, at KPH Projects. LOGIN created by the American artist and lawyer Vanessa Place.

Valby, library, Borgerservice!!! created by visual artist Christian Schmidt-Rasmussen.

Brumleby. Blob Project created by visual artist Vladas Suncovas & Kristian Byskov.

You can find the specific locations of the texts on a map at Bring a smartphone along, a tablet or laptop with a wireless and log on to the network ‘Captive Portal’ to be admitted to the texts.

The idea of Captive Portal is to create an international wireless network for digital distribution of art material. The idea is also to create a non-profit alternative to existing channels like book shops, galleries and museums.

Nobody involved – artists, journalists, programmers, the people hosting the wireless networks and those who have donated hardware – are paid for their time. Read more at