Melhus magnifies reality in these videos, infusing each scene with his own particular brand of dark philosophy and playful humor. In The Theory of Freedom, his critique of Ayn Rand lives side-by-side with his fondness for American-made mainstream movies and sci-fi TV series—a fondness that’s evident in the visual style and familiar quotes and images he pulls from TV or the internet. Where else could Rand, portrayed as a “tyrannical mistress,” be juxtaposed with a melodramatic scene from the blockbuster movie Armageddon (1998)? It’s a deft and highly original approach to a timely topic—who’s watching whom, and why, when, and where? How does our anxiety about being watched manifest itself in our mundane daily lives? What’s the difference between our own reality and the “reality” engineered for the big screen?