Bjørn Melhus

Bjørn MELHUS (1966, Germany) received training in photography and film. In 2009 he was artist-in-residence in Mexico City. He has also undertaken studio residences in Italy, Japan and Hanover. Melhus' films have been screened and won awards at various international film festivals, as well as in Tate Modern, Lux, MoMa and Centre Pompidou. During IFFR 2015, five of his short films screen in the IFFR+ programme.

Filmography

(all short, selection) Das Zauberglas/The Magic Glass (1991), Weit weit weg/Far Far Away (1991), The Oral Thing (2001t), Jenny Scene (Auto Center Drive) (2001), Auto Center Drive (2003), Afterlife (2010), I'm Not the Enemy (2011), Freedom & Independence (2014)

Bjørn Melhus at IFFR

The Oral Thing

The Oral Thing

Drawing on the often inane and repetitive nature of daytime television, Melhus creates complex, almost surreal scenarios that parody the formats of TV religious programs, advertisements, and chat shows such as Maury Povitch. In much of his work, Melhus produces strange 'sets' that emulate both the physical designs of talk shows, as well as the behavior patterns of participants and audiences. Adopting the guise of both male and female parts in a way that makes each seem almost genderless, Melhus acts out his own 'narratives' that use, amongst other devices, music and TV sound excerpts. Jenny Scene is an excerpt of the film Auto Center Drive, an encounter between the voices of two pop icons, Janis Joplin and James Dean.

Bjørn Melhus
  • 9'

  • Germany

IFFR 2003