MASCHINENHAUS M1

Bjørn Melhus
Free Update
15 September 2019 – 16 February 2020

In his exhibition Free Update, the Norwegian artist Bjørn Melhus presents works from recent years, including a new work that is shown for the first time at the KINDL.

Melhus deals with phenomena of the reality created by the media in his films and video installations. In often exaggerated, sometimes absurd and comical short films, he questions the motives and general strategies of the mass media and reflects on their influence on our society today. His work is based on audio fragments from various channels in predominantly Western pop culture and cinema, such as American films, television shows, and YouTube videos. Based on these sound sequences, the artist develops multi-layered narratives in which he places stereotypical characters in strange contexts. Melhus always embodies the varied and often extremely bizarre actors in his films himself. In addition to works such as The Theory of Freedom (2015) and Can You See My Art? (2018), the exhibition features Bjørn Melhus’s latest film Sugar (2019), in which an emotional robot with a soul fights against the narcissism of socially deadened humans.

The exhibition is curated by Andreas Fiedler.


Special Events

Public tour of the KINDL and the exhibition Free Update on Saturday, 16 November 2019 and 15 February 2020, at 2 pm.


Kindly supported by:

 

The exhibition takes place as part of Berlin Art Week (11 – 15 September 2019).

 

Until 20 October 2019 the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor, the cultural foundation of the Berliner Sparkasse, shows the exhibition im Atelier Liebermann: Bjørn Melhus: HOT SET.