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30 Apr 2012

AutoBiography by Anders Bojen & Kristoffer Ørum at Flux Factory

Flux Factory


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

Christina Vassallo

Flux Factory
39-31 29th Street
Long Island City, NY 11101

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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.

supported by the Danish Arts Council.