- 17 January 2004 - 7 March 2004
Continuing the focus on artists whose work comments on or has been informed by contemporary TV culture, FACT is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition by the pioneering German video artist Bjørn Melhus. A passionate storyteller, Melhus is interested in language, identity and technology. Sampling and dubbing from familiar TV and film dialogue is a recurrent feature of his work creating a kind of ventriloquism that underlines the process of self-identification that television offers.
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Melhus' work is both playful and subversive. He re-presents to us the most familiar and seductive of viewing experiences (such as the daytime chat show) and through manipulation critically reveals the loss of subjectivity that he identifies at the heart of an increasingly overmediated world.
Melhus employs a number of themes in investigation of this subject: cloning, repetition, celebrity, televangelism and technology's separation of voice and body re-appear in various combinations in the work.