MELHUS Bjørn

Born 1966 in Kirchheim unterArtist Bjorn Melhus Teck, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin

Freedom & Independence, 2014,

Video, 15’

FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE, Melhus’s most recentexperimental short film, questions the current global, ideological paradigm shift towards new forms of religious capitalism by contrasting the ideas and words of the self-proclaimed objectivist philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982) with the evangelical content of US-American mainstream movies. This contemporary fairy tale, in which Melhus performs all the characters, was partly shot in a Berlin morgue as well as in new gated urban settlements in Istanbul. Against the backdrop of a unfathomable megalopolis, the story unfolds in an associative dream logic in which its protagonists spout concepts of neo-liberal elitism in the context of hallucinatory, apocalyptic, religious delusion.

The film begins in a sacral space, where Randi, the figure that references Ayn Rand, transforms a parapsychological medium into two digital clouds and sends them on a journey through a megalopolis in full growth. There they materialize as two bodies, Mr. Freedom and Ms. Independence. In the following passage, through a city in transformation increasingly shaped according to capitalist interests and where privatization swallows up any sense of what is public, Mr. Freedom and Ms. Independence recite Christian-fundamentalist rhetoric and head towards the biblical apocalypse and doomsday. However, their supposed salvation is nothing more than a return to their original state of ‘medium’ and to their uber-mother Randi.

The film ends in the post-mortem examination room of a morgue where Randi rules over a crowd of sick, half-dead, masked men.

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  • ALEXI-MESKHISHVILI Ketuta
  • BALADI Lara
  • BLANK Andreas
  • BORGERMANS Hilde
  • BOŽANIĆ Antonia
  • ČEKIĆ Jovan
  • DESTIL MARKOVIĆ Milovan
  • DJURDJEVIĆ Biljana
  • DRAŠKOVIĆ BOČKOV Kristina
  • EDEFALK Cecilia
  • EKICI Nezaket and SHAHAR Marcus
  • EPHEMERKI Jasna DMITROVSKA + Dragana ZAREVSKA
  • FAJFRIĆ Bojan
  • FUDONG Yang
  • HAHN Mariana
  • HOLZER Jenny
  • HUŠMAN Ana
  • IKEMURA Leiko
  • ILIĆ Siniša
  • IVKOVIĆ Ivana
  • JANIČIĆ Tadija
  • JOHANSSON Peter
  • k.r.u.ž.o.k
  • KANDL Johanna
  • KARAMUSTAFA Gülsün
  • KENTRIDGE William
  • KLOTZ Franziska
  • KOVAČ Irena
  • KRIPPENDORFF David
  • LAURANCE Janet
  • LEWANDOWSKI Via
  • LÜDEMANN Sarah
  • MARKOVIĆ Dejan
  • MAXIMOVA Natalie
  • MELHUS Bjørn
  • MILADINOVIĆ Anuk
  • MILAK Radenko
  • MILISAVLJEVIĆ Olga
  • MOFFATT Tracey
  • NIKOLIĆ Nemanja
  • PERIĆ Vladimir i Milica
  • PHILIPSZ Susan
  • PIROGOVA Sasha
  • RADULOVIĆ Siniša
  • RAEDLE Rena & JEREMIĆ Vladan
  • REINHARD Aurora
  • RUBIKU Anila
  • SAVADOV Arsen
  • SCHMALE Toni
  • SELANDER Lina
  • SHIROKI Asako
  • SKOKO Snežana
  • SOLAKOV Dimitar
  • STANOJEVIĆ Jovanka
  • Susan PHILIPSZ
  • TOMIĆ Miloš
  • TRPKOVIĆ Jelena
  • VASILEVA Mariana
  • VEPREVA Anastasia
  • VUČIĆEVIĆ Dejana
  • XUN Sun