Bjørn Melhus

Haus Der Kunst: Bjørn Melhus The Oral Thing 2001 1-channel-Video (color) © VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, 2020 Courtesy Goetz Collection, Munich


Film, Video, Installations

Sound archives from TV, YOUTUBE clips, film classics


Bjørn Melhus is a German Norwegian media artist. His work is present in the context of the international art scene as well as short film festivals. He is known for his experimental, playful short films, and video installations. 
His work has multi-layered narratives and soundbites captured from YouTube clips, talk shows, and film classics to defamiliarize and exaggerate stereotypes of contemporary media. He uses his own body and face to fragmentize and reconstitute well-known figures of mass media today that open a critical commentary on its relationship with the viewers. His work is a reflection of our collective fears and memory that demonstrates how we understand our world today. 
Melhus’s works were awarded at numerous international film festivals and had screenings at Tate Modern and the LUX in London, 8th International Istanbul Biennial, and ZKM Karlsruhe, among others.


Bjørn Melhus Website: Headshots, Captured from Film, Video and Production Stills,  87 C-Prints, 40×30 cm, framed, 2014; Installation View: Schwindel der Wirklichkeit, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, 2014
Artmap, 2013:Bjørn Melhus, © Bjørn Melhus “I’M NOT THE ENEMY”, 2011 HD video, loop, 16:9, 25 min



“But what we are currently experiencing in the media, especially fueled by the worldwide state of emergency and lockdown, is both spectacular and disturbing.”

Brainwashed – Interview with Bjørn Melhus about his video work “The Oral Thing”.
On Haus der
Kunst. 08 May 2020

“ I always use my own face, my own body to lend a body and face to this appropriated sound in the work, and it’s an approach of personal critique for what’s going on in the media world, to create bridges for where we are now, where we have been, and what was our idea in the past and today.”

Bjorn MELHUS. 

On: VideoFormes Artists Gallery. 2012




2019 | Berlin | KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art
2019 | Hannover, Germany | Sprengel Museum
2017 | Salzburg, Austria | Ebensperger
2015 | Rotterdam, Netherlands | Kunsthal Rotterdam
2012 | Dresden, Germany | International Short Film Festival
2003 | New York, US | The Whitney Museum

Lives in Berlin, Germany
1966 | Born in Germany

1985 – 1987 | Stuttgart, Germany | School of Adolf-Lazi | Photography
1990 – 1997 | Braunschweig, Germany | School of HBK Braunschweig| Visual Arts
1997 – 1998 | Los Angeles, US | California Institute of Arts | Film

2001-2002 | New York, US | The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP)
2003 – Present | Kassel, Germany | Kassel School of Art and Design


Artist’s Website

BerlinArtLink: Looking at the Future with Bjørn Melhus

Bjorn Melhus Website: Video still: The Magic glass. One channel video. 6 min. 1991

Cyrus Karibu: Slay Queen (2018).
Photo: SMAC Gallery.

Online | 27 January to 28 February 2021 | Free Access


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