Kristioffer Ørum
Since the beginning
Works in Copenhagen Denmark

BIO
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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EVENT

AutoBiography by Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum at Flux Factory


Dates:
Fri May 04, 2012 19:00 - Sat Apr 14, 2012

Location:
Long Island City, New York
United States of America

Opening Reception: Friday May 4, 7pm – late
Gallery Hours: May 5, 6, 10 – 14, 12-6 pm

In the video installation AutoBiography, Anders Bojen and Kristoffer Ørum rewrite their biographies according to a mathematical system that continuously generates new unstable interpretations of their identities and explores the autobiography as a phenomenon.

Over the last couple of years Bojen and Ørum have worked on rewriting the history of specific places in order to rethink their meaning. In this project they combine mathematics with popular psychology in order to rewrite their own biographies and reinvent themselves in ways that they could not have scripted. Through images, narration and custom-designed software, their biographies merge into a new unstable hybrid identity.

A video projection shows an endless number of alternative biographies for Bojen and Ørum based on family photographs from their suburban middle class backgrounds. Images of school, parents, friends, pets, and more are all mixed together. Following the model for the development of personality created by Erik H. Erikson (1902 – 1994), a voice-over narration continuously chronicles the formative experiences and phases in the artists’ lives. The algorithmic video accounts for all of the things which, according to popular psychology, define our personalities.

The ways in which artist stage themselves autobiographically, from the reverence for artistic genius to the focus on identity politics in contemporary theoretical discourse is central to the reception of art today. AutoBiography creates a field of tension between the causalities of a mathematical system and the search for identity through past experiences. An impersonal system determines the description of the self – a simultaneous undermining and enactment of the role and persona of the artist.


OPPORTUNITY

Topographies of the Insignificant:


Deadline:
Fri Jul 02, 2010 00:00

Topographies of the Insignificant: Seeking contributors for a collaborative internet project.
Please forward to anyone you think may find it relevant.

In early 2009 we, Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum, initiated a collaborative project in which a team of architects, artists, designers, engineers and musicians created an alternative vision of Copenhagen, an imaginary future as a reaction to present day. All the contributors shared an interest in alternative realities and how these, through the internet and other media, play an increasing important role in our common understanding of the world. Using Google maps and Wiki technologies, together we strived to rethink Copenhagen in both dystopian and utopian terms on www.radiant-copenhagen.net.

Continuing on from the project Radiant Copenhagen, we are working on the fictionalization of ultra local spaces in a series of different cities rather than one whole city. The project is envisioned as a contemporary version of An Anecdoted Topography of Chance by Daniel Spoerri (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Spoerri), set in the globalized media saturated world of 2010. Topographies of the Insignificant will connect local micro-topographies of Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Paris, Luxembourg and Moscow in a network of fiction and fact. We are seeking a selected number of collaborators based in, with connection to or are simply knowledgeable about these cities.

The project takes the form of a website with an “infinitely” zoom-able map of the world. We will add extra detailed zones that enable the user to zoom down to a micro level and see actual cracks of the pavement as they were great valleys. The extremely detailed map of 7 very limited locations is in close proximity to the physical show where the project also will be presented on one or more computers.

Throughout each of the locations, 100-200 click-able points are located. Each click-able point on the map opens up a small text window featuring fictional or factual information on this specific point, and links to other points and texts. Multiple narratives weave in and out of each other and researched facts about found objects and their history will mix freely with fictional accounts and imagined micro-topologies.

The collaborative writing process itself will take place online on a wiki-page during July, August and some of September, in parallel with the actual programming of the final website. Collectively we will place new points on the maps and write text for them. All texts are open for editing or expansion by other members of the group and our hope is to blur the boundaries on ownership between the participants and make as many connections between the different points as possible.

Through a wilful misunderstanding, we hope to turn the apparently well-known city pavements into a mixture of space operatic visions of the future and histories of the past. The online photographic and narrative portrayal of the website will be supplemented by physical interventions and alterations on the sites of the photographs in each of the cities: The same coffee cup will feature in each city, the splotch of paint etc., further blurring the boundaries of fact and fiction. Through collective and deliberate misunderstanding, over-interpretation and fictive connections between the 7 physical sites, we hope to reflect upon the possibility of radically rethinking the city from the bottom up.

If you are interested in participating, please send us an email containing a brief bio, a couple of lines of text describing how you would approach the project and anything else you may find relevant to the project, before July 1st. You need not be an artist, but you should be fairly proficient in English, have some writing experience and an interest in urbanity.
Please write to: topographies@anders-kristoffer.dk

The project is a part of the European month of photography (http://90plan.ovh.net/~europeandq/)
P.s. There will be a small fee for participants, the size of which depends on whether or not we receive the funding we've sought - It will not make you rich but it might make your life just a little easier.


EVENT

Adventures in Immediate Unreality


Dates:
Fri Jan 08, 2010 00:00 - Wed Dec 30, 2009

Location:
Denmark

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9/1 - 30/1 2010
Opening Friday 8/1, 5-7 PM
Beaver Projects, Strandlodsvej 15, 2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark

Adventures in Immediate Unreality

Beaver Projects proudly presents the solo exhibition Adventures in Immediate Unreality by Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum (1976/1975). Since 2001 the two artists have worked collaboratively on a variety of projects ranging from internet projects to outdoor video, sculpture and performance projects. Adventures in Immediate Unreality consists of four separate events in space and time, all unfolding and changing during the exhibition.

- A green surface with a green smell of newly mowed grass provides a tactile as well as abstract sensation of a landscape both well-known and unreal. Every day during the exhibition period the surface will be painted with green chlorophyll extracted from grass. As the chlorophyll fades and changes colour, and one opaque layer is covered by another, patterns reminiscent of a landscape will begin to emergence.

- Computer generated landscapes in films and computer games increasingly influence the way we imagine alternatives to our present day lives. In collaboration with Ardor3D, who have worked with among others NASA, the artists have developed a real-time 3D programme. On a flat-screen panel continents emerge on one globe after another in an infinite series of alternative worlds. Each potentially inhabitable world is a unique computer generated model and exists only while it is observed.

- During the exhibition a printer will print out emails describing fictional events taking place on Amager. These messages will simultaneously be sent to random email addresses in the local Amager area close to the Gallery. Each email contains a unique, computer generated text, announcing fictional construction projects ranging from the plausible to the fantastic. These spam mails to strangers will become part of the ongoing re-imagining of Amager carried on by local government, private enterprise and other forces: What used to be a mixed working class and industrial area is turning into an up-scale residential area.

- A tangible piece of immediate unreality - a fragment of a much larger ornamented architectural structure - cuts through the walls of the gallery forming an inaccessible space within. This wall can be seen as a piece of utopian architecture or a fragment of a computer game. It draws equal inspiration from computer games and Russian Agitprop, thus commenting on the ways in which heroic utopian ideas live on in computer games and other elements of popular culture.

The diversity of Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum's work springs from their fascination with the way in which media seem to penetrate everyday life. Anders and Kristoffer collect material from both the immediacy of the everyday and the unreality of the media and process them into projects of their own. The associative nature of these projects prompts the spectator to think about his or her own relationship to the myths of today’s media-saturated reality.

Links:
http://www.beaverprojects.com/
http://www.ardor3d.com/
http://anders-kristoffer.dk/


EVENT

Radiant Copenhage


Dates:
Fri Mar 27, 2009 00:00 - Sun Mar 22, 2009

Location:
Denmark

Radiant Copenhagen

March 27 at 5.30 pm Radiant Copenhagen is unleashed in the streets of Copenhagen at Overgaden - Institute of Contemporary Art. The opening offers an apocalyptic show as well as a general presentation of the project. March 28 at 12 noon and 3:00 pm a free guided bus tour sets off into the radiant future of Copenhagen, please book your seats on booking@radiantcopenhagen.net.

The artists Anders Bojen, Kristoffer Ørum and Kaspar Bonnén together with PhD in Literature Rune Graulund have worked with a team of architects, artists, designers, journalists, engineers and musicians to create a new vision for Copenhagen, an imaginary future as a reaction to the present day. All contributors share an interest in alternative realities and how these, through the internet and other media, play an increasing important role in our common understanding of the world.

Radiant Copenhagen is an internet based project spreading into the world through various staged incidents. For example a person discussing the evolution and superior intellect of vegetables with local green grocers in Nørrebro, a procession for a new religion marching through the streets or a group of seemingly random people at a bar in Frederiksberg arguing over the Ministry of Danish Design.

Radiant Copenhagen is a device to challenge conventional thinking, an assault on the collective imagination of Copenhagen by which new possibilities for change are established. Be there for the opening March 27, check out radiantcopenhagen.net and otherwise prepare yourself for a new Copenhagen.

Contributors to Radiant Copenhagen are Kristoffer Ørum, Anders Bojen, Rune Graulund, Maja Zander, Kaspar Bonnén, Stig W. Jørgensen, Palle R Jensen, Ida Marie Hede Bertelsen, Peter Rasmussen, Kasper Hesselbjerg, Ulrik Nørgaard, Daphne Bidstrup, Andreas Pallisgaard og Kristian Haarløv.

Radiantcopenhagen.net will be accessible from March 21.