Bjørn Melhus

Germany 2008, HD, col, 4 min

Murphy is a pure synchronised sound and light projection of abstract fields of color and concentrates exclusively on its sound footage, which results from a collage of some of the most significant moments from mainstream war movies. The videolight sequence is based on sound snippets from the movie Blue Thunder (USA 1982), which was one of the early 1980’s media rehabilitations of Vietnam war veterans in civilian society. In the original movie Captain Frank Murphy is a good cop and former Vietnam war helicopter pilot with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who fights Lt. Colonel Cochrane, an evil cop and also Vietnam veteran. In Murphy the visible stream of colored light and the absence of the image itself creates an imaginary movie.