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Mon Apr 30 14:08:38 CEST 2012
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
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
supported by the Danish Arts Council.
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