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European House of Art in Upper Bavaria - Bjørn Melhus - Nightwatch, 2010, 3 channel video installation

Bjørn Melhus: Nightwatch
8 May - 16 June, 2013

Exhibition opening
7 May, 2013, Tuesday

arrow5 pm: Artist's talk
with Bjørn Melhus and Christian Schoen
arrow7 pm: Opening
Greeting: Josef Mederer, President of the Destrict County of Upper Bavaria
Introduction: Christian Schoen, art historian / curator

Lecture and closing event
16 June, 2013, Sunday, 3 pm

arrowDr. Björn Vedder:
Deconstruction, Theatre and Electronic Baroque - about some philosophical background aspects of Bjørn Melhus' art


arrowView into the exhibition
arrowArt works in the exhibition
arrowInformation about the artist

Bjørn Melhus, born 1966, is a German-Norwegian media artist. In his work he has developed a singular position, expanding the possibilities for a critical reception of cinema and television. His practice of fragmentation, destruction, and reconstitution of well-known figures, topics, and strategies of the mass media opens up not only a network of new interpretations and critical commentaries, but also defines the relationship of mass media and viewer anew.

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.

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Art works in the exhibition


NIGHTWATCH

Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern Schafhof - Bjørn Melhus - Nightwatch, 2010, 3 channel video installation

2010, 3 channel video installation: 7 tents, 1 billboard, 1 video projection

„The meaning of the word “wachen” leav open whether the work is about seeing and being awake or about guarding and keeping an eye out. (...)

The structure of the installation Nachtwache / Nightwatch is essentially determined by seven tents in the space. They are arranged in rank and file and follow the central axis of the barrel vault—perhaps a military arrangement or a field hospital. They are housings of thin plastic film, lit from inside by television sets. The tents emit a colored, disembodied light and a physical sound that correspond with each other and cause the entire space of the installation to make physical breathing movements. We hear the noises of sleeping, quiet at first but gradually increasing in a choked sound and entering directly into the vortex of an apocalyptic trauma. It is the sound that gives the light meaning and helps our vague ideas become images. The sound is a new composition, consisting entirely of found footage from a number of films..." (Uwe Gellner)

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DEADLY STORMS

Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern Schafhof - Bjørn Melhus - Deadly Storms, 2008, 3 channel video installation

2008, 3 channel video installation on three monitors

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HECHO EN MEXICO

Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern Schafhof - Bjørn Melhus - Deadly Storms, 2008, 3 channel video installation

2009, HD video loop

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Information about the artists

Born in Kirchheim/Teck (Germany) in 1966
Lives and works in Berlin
www.melhus.de

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