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Das Kapital


The Capital - Scene. To reconstruct the 3D coordinates of
the 2D points that are tracked to temporary autonomous zones.
Wireframe? Quickshade? Realistic? Segment Memory in limited region. Surface without control, points or handles.
Commands less destructiv. Big brains in the selection and elimination. Vegetables-loops, bio- centrifugal architectures.


Hier war meine Überlegung ob es möglich wäre, einen Text über politische Ökonomiekritik in Bilder zu transformieren/übersetzen. Was würden das für Bilder sein? Das gesamte “Kapital” ist eine Bilderforschung die den menschlichen Körper, Genetik mit Software und Text kombiniert.
Die Formate waren: Performance, Animation, Videokunst, Videoinstallation, Biokunst, Softart, Soundart, Gedichte und Radiosendungen.



Marcello Mercado
Das Kapital – Capital, 1999 - 2009
HD single channel video/ Videoinstallation,
Running time: 5 minutes
original running time: 1 hour
stereo 4:3 black/white and colour


Das Kapital Teil 1 – Capital Part 1 Version 2015"
videoart – video installation
by Marcello Mercado
Original Running time: 15 min. 58"


VIMEO password: 1663


Das Kapital
by Marcello Mercado
variable duration color b/w stereo
1999 -2009 USA - France - Deutschland

Jan Arlt, Marcelo Santorelli, Marcello Mercado
Marcello Mercado
Produced by:
Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln. Germany
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The Rockefeller Foundation and The Lampadia Foundation.
Centre International du Creation Vidéo Pierre Schaeffer
Montbéliard Belfort France
Fundación Antorchas
Marcello Mercado

"Marcello Mercado’s Capital is neither a finished product nor artware. His Capital is a work-in-progress. It will not be finished until the artist no longer believes in it or when he has given up its given up on its spirit.. Capital is an enterprise. In the sense of its purpose as a work, it has to fail constantly. It exists in a process of permanent re-writing, renewing, self-interpretation. At this level of excess and longevity, that is only feasible with electronic and digital machines. The wastage of material would be endless, if Mercado were to work exclusively in analogue. His factory fits on a table. In the beginning, he still needed hefty machines from Silicon Graphics, which only the laboratories of well-endowed institutions could afford. In recent years, he could deploy and create his bodily economy as that of imagery from off his lap. In this way, Capital recounts the story of digital image-processing over the last ten years too, and how an artist has reacted to it. Marx would have said, with his work Mercado would be expressing the status of the productive forces quite excellently. The artist would be functioning as a seismograph for the state of things."
Siegfried Zielinski,
Marcello Mercado: Das Kapital (Capital) (1999-2009),
RECORD > AGAIN! - Teil 2

Marcello Mercado
Presentation of fragments of his work “Das Kapital Teil 1” (1999–2009) in conversation with Siegfried Zielinski
Potential Spaces
Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design & ZKM | Center for Art and Media
16. – 18. 02. 2017
Event Organizer: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Zielinski, Daniel Irrgang, Ali Gharib
Camera/Postproduction: Lukas Rehm, Tilman Rödiger

Bodenlos: Vilém Flusser und die Künste - Opening panel discussion from Vilém Flusser Archive on Vimeo.




"Las diversas tecnologías con las que dialoga el video han variado su determinismo en el predominio absoluto del computador, en cuanto a las maneras en que la máquina audiovisual infiere, y predice, los textos que produce. Tenemos su manifiesto en Das Kapital, de Marcello Mercado, la obra que marca un punto de inflexión en la presencia del ordenador como máquina video, reemplazando incluso cualquier registro proveniente de cualquier aparato de visión. La obra de Marx es redimida en su esencia por el proceso de datos y los procesos de una simulación textual alfabética convertida en pureza matemática en un discurso audiovisual numérico sobre el mundo y la economía política."
Jorge laFerla,
Dispositivos múltiples: video/fotografía/cine/digital,
Visionários. Audiovisual en Latinoamérica

Software and Hardware:

16mm Footage

Painted 8mm Footage


Frame by frame Animation

2D and 3D Animation

Flint, Flame, Inferno from Discreet logic on Octane from SiliconGraphics

Flint, Flame, Inferno

Discreet Logic

Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, KHM




RECORD > AGAIN! - - Part 2 concentrates on early German video art and shows numerous discoveries, which, for the most part, have no longer been available for viewing for decades.

Artist Director: Peter Weibel
Curator: Christoph Blase

Joseph Beuys, Michael Bielicky, Karl Oskar Blase,Claus Böhmler,
Klaus vom Bruch,Bazon Brock, Egon Bunne, Chicks on speed,
Freiburger Medienwerkstatt, Gerd Conradt, Michaela Büscher,
Holger Czukay, Lutz Dammbeck, Klaus Peter Dencker, Gretchen Dutschke, Flatz, Gusztáv Hámos, Rudolf Herz, Jochen Hiltmann,
Nan Hoover, Wolf Kahlen, Alexander Kluge, Gerd Kroske, Korpys/ Löffler u.a., Kunstkanal, Edmund Kuppel, David Larcher, Urs Lüthi, Digne Meller Marcovicz, Michael Morgner , Marcello Mercado, Ernst Mitzka, Heike Mutter, Marcel Odenbach/ Gabor Body, Nico, Susanne Ofteringer, Anna Oppermann, C.O. Paeffgen, Nam June Paik, Ricardo Peredo, Ulrike Rosenbach, A. R. Penck, Klaus Rinke, Dieter Roth, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Ulrich Rückriem, Gustav-Adolf Schröder, Walter Schröder-Limmer, Herbert Schuhmacher, HA Schult, Klaus Staeck, Gerry Schum, Wolfgang Stoerchle, Telewissen, Ruth Toma, Ulay. UTV- unser Fernsehsender, Franz Erhard Walther, Peter Weibel, Ursula Wevers, Paul Wiersbinski


18.07.09 bis 06.09.09
RECORD > AGAIN! - – Part 2
ZKM | Media Museum, ground floor, project space
Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie,, Karlsruhe$6550


19.09.09 bis
Ludwig Forum für Internationale kunst


29.11.09 bis 14.02.10
Kunsthaus Dresden

27.02.10 bis 16.05.10
Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg





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