Bjørn Melhus

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Artist Bjørn Melhus

Bjørn Melhus is a German media artist of Norwegian ancestry born in Kirchheim/Teck, Germany, in 1966.

Education[edit]

Bjørn Melhus studied photography at the Adolf-Lazi-Schule in Stuttgart German from 1985 to 1987. After completing his technical education, Melhus went on to study film and video at HBK Braunschweig School of Arts, Braunschweig Germany from 1990 until graduating in 1997. During his time in Braunschweig, Melhus took part in the European Media Artist in Residence Exchange through the EMARE-Program in Budapest, Hungary (1996).[1] After completing his education Melhus went on to additional residency programs at the California Institute for the Arts, Los Angeles through a DAAD Fellowship (1997-1998), Prize of the Art Association, Hanover (2000), the International Studio & Curatorial Program, ISCP, New York (2001-2002),[2] the Kyoto Art Center, Japan (2005), Civitella Ranieri, Italy (2006) and GI Mexico City (2009).[3]

Work[edit]

In his short films, videos and installations, Bjørn Melhus focuses on general global ideas and trends, the critical reception of mass media, as well as the direct effects they have on people. He uses footage from film and television excessively and deconstructs stereotypical themes, figures and patterns of perception through means of exaggeration. At the same time, he breaks up a seemingly fixed relationship between media and audience, thus opening up the view on the essentials of human interaction.

Originally rooted in an experimental film context, Bjørn Melhus’s work has been shown and awarded at numerous international film festivals. He has held screenings at Tate Modern and the LUX in London, the Museum of Modern Art (MediaScope) in New York, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, amongst others. His work has been exhibited in shows like The American Effect at the Whitney Museum New York, the 8th International Istanbul Biennial, solo and group shows at FACT Liverpool, Serpentine Gallery London, Sprengel Museum Hanover, Museum Ludwig Cologne, ZKM Karlsruhe, Denver Art Museum among others.

Since 2003 Bjørn Melhus has been a Professor for Virtual Realities at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, Germany.[4]

Bjørn Melhus has been living and working in Berlin since 1987.

Videos/Installations (Selection)[edit]

  • 1986: TOAST/ CORNFLAKES
  • 1990: AMERICA SELLS
  • 1991: DAS ZAUBERGLAS (THE MAGIC GLASS)
  • 1991: ICH WEISS NICHT, WER DAS IST (I DON'T KNOW WHO THAT IS)
  • 1993: JETZT (NOW)
  • 1993: REINIGUNGSKASSETTE (CLEANING TAPE)
  • 1995: WEIT WEIT WEG (FAR FAR AWAY)
  • 1997: BLUE MOON (video/ installation)
  • 1997: NO SUNSHINE
  • 1997: OUT OF THE BLUE
  • 1998: ARRIVAL DEPARTURE – DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
  • 1998: AGAIN AND AGAIN
  • 1999: SILVERCITY 1+2
  • 2000: GOOD MORNING NEW WORLD
  • 2001: WEEPING
  • 2001: PRIMETIME
  • 2001: THE ORAL THING
  • 2002: SOMETIMES (FIRE IN ZERO GRAVITY)
  • 2002: DIE UMGEKEHRTE RÜSTUNG (THE INVERSED ARMORY)
  • 2003: AUTO CENTER DRIVE
  • 2003: I’M YOUR TV
  • 2003: STILL MEN OUT THERE
  • 2003: FIGHTING THE FORCES OF EVIL
  • 2004: HAPPY REBIRTH
  • 2005: CAPTAIN
  • 2005: BEHIND THE MOON, BEYOND THE RAIN
  • 2005: EASTERN WESTERN PARK
  • 2007: EMOTION FIELD #1
  • 2007: POLICIA
  • 2007: THE CASTLE
  • 2007: 99 FLOORS
  • 2007: THE MEADOW
  • 2007: THE CITY
  • 2008: Murphy
  • 2008: DEADLY STORMS
  • 2008: I-MAN U-MAN
  • 2008: SCREENSAVERS
  • 2008: DEADLY STORMS 333
  • 2008: OMEN
  • 2009: CRITICAL SYSTEM ALERT
  • 2009: SCENERY MARS
  • 2009: SLOGAN SERIES
  • 2009: RANDOM SUPERHEROES
  • 2009: MARS RECOVERY
  • 2009: BEAGLE III
  • 2009: HECHO EN MEXICO
  • 2009: TREEHOUSE #1, #2 & #3
  • 2010: CENTER OF THE WORLD
  • 2010: AFTERLIFE
  • 2010: NIGHTWATCH | NACHTWACHE
  • 2011: I’m Not the Enemy
  • 2010: I DO NOT BELONG IN THIS HOUSE
  • 2010: THIS IS MY HOME
  • 2011: DAS BADEZIMMER
  • 2011: 99 EUROS
  • 2012: SUDDEN DESTRUCTION
  • 2013: HAUSER
  • 2013: HEAVEN
  • 2013: LIBERTY PARK
  • 2014: HEADHUNTER
  • 2014: MAESTRA
  • 2014: FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE
  • 2015: THE THEORY OF FREEDOM

Awards[edit]

  • 1992
    • Nachwuchspreis Videofest Berlin (Young artists award)
    • Sonderpreis des Marler Videokunstpreises (Special Award, Marl)
    • Video Art Award, Bremen
  • 1994
    • Kubo-Award, Bremen
  • 1998
    • Marler Videokunstpreis, (Video Award, Marl, Germany)
    • Prix Elida -Fabergé, Munich
    • 2nd Award, Transmediale Berlin
    • Prize of the German Filmcritics, EMAF, Osnabrueck
    • NEW VISIONS VIDEO 1998, Long Beach Museum of Art, (Production Grant)
    • Certificate of Merit, San Francisco International Film Festival
    • Förderpreis Film des Landes Niedersachsen
  • 2000
    • Honor 'The special show' by the International Art Critics Association, (Germany) for the solo show "Gute Freunde", Museum Schloß Hardenberg, Velbert
  • 2001
    • Prize of the Sprengel Museum, Hannover
  • 2002
    • Special Mention Video Award, Marl, Germany
  • 2003
    • HAP-Grieshaber-Preis der VG Bild Kunst
    • German Competition, 49. International Shortfilfmfestival Oberhausen

References[edit]

http://www.melhus.de

External links[edit]