16.09.2021 – 09.10.2021
Bernet Bertram | Berlin
D 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Entrance B, across the Courtyard
Aufgang B, über den Hof, Hochparterre
Mittwoch bis Freitag, 14 ‑18 Uhr
Sonnabend, 11–16 Uhr
und nach Vereinbarung.
Phone +49 (0)30 32 30 11 33
02.07.2020 – 03.09.2020
Marcello Mercado 2020
Monitor 1: Facundo traducido [Translated Facundo], 5’
Monitor 2: Martín Fierro traducido [Translated Martín Fierro], 5’
The two milestones of national literature, Facundo by Sarmiento and Martín Fierro by Hernández, are remade through algorithmic processes that empty their content, destroy them and reencounter them.
The chaos and math contribute to the confrontation: Facundo “weights” digitally and textually 395 kb, and Martín Fierro, 101 kb, while the audio-book versions weigh 427,4 MB and 361,8 MB respectively.
The first step was to translate the books to a language invented by me, which has no meaning at all. The books may be leafed through, but the meaning is lost, though it seems to be there. Then, I mix/bundle both audio-books as soundtracks. From this mix, I take a fragment and obtain a photograph that shows a graphic representation of the sound of the combined books. The audio that cannot be heard can be seen. The founding ideas are erased. How can we read what’s invented/what we invent?
Source: Itaú Cultural Visual Arts Award 2019-2020 Catalogue
Fundación Itaú Argentina
Victoria Ocampo 360 – 4th Floor – Puerto Madero.
C1107DAB Buenos Aires
My body reflected in countless transparent objects and their contents. It is an absent body, in spite of all the signs, alarm devices, commands and controls.
Marcello Mercado created an artist book where the 7 versions of sunflowers painted by Vincent Van Gogh were encoded and deleted through the conception of his own language/alphabet.
This book contains compositions and musical notations developed with small motors and robots mixed with visual representations of the sunflowers painted by Vincent Van Gogh.