Anita Beckers

Bjørn Melhus

30 Aug - 10 Nov 2007

© The Meadow, 2007
single channel video
29 min

n order to engage an increasingly commercialized society video artist Bjørn Melhus subjects commonly used media tactics and formats to a process of reflection and reconsideration. In this exhibition Bjørn Melhus premiers his video trilogy: THE CASTLE-THE MEADOW-THE CITY. With THE MEADOW Melhus ties together the final sequence of his film AUTO CENTER DRIVE (2003) in which the main character , Jimmy, rides off into the sunset with a "phantom driver" towards an unknown future. THE MEADOW is a moved personality profile of stagnancy in the form of an endless rite through the night. In the course of the journey Jimmy continually leaves for excursions into the woods, but after diverse confrontations, returns quickly to the questionable shelter of the car.

Melhus borrows the characters of his works from the popculture constituted in film and television and with their help questions the myths of our consciousness of media. While the character Jimmy (now seven years older) still cites sentences from the films REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (USA 1955) and EAST OF EDEN (USA 1955), almost all the language fragments used by the protagonists appearing in THE MEADOW are taken from the classic Disney film BAMBI (USA 1942). By deconstructing and re-contextualizing these American film myths THE MEADOW draws an image of a nightmarish and hopeless situation of one

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